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Junior Aero Optical Engineer

Job ID: 2217942
Location: EGLIN AFB, FL, United States
Date Posted: Jan 18, 2023
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Modeling/Sim Engr
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret
Potential for Remote Work: Hybrid Remote
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Junior Aero Optical Engineer to support research and development for the United States Air Force Research Lab. The candidate will be part of a team of scientists and engineers that provide research and development of seeker technologies for next generation weapon systems.  This position is hybrid remote.  The candidate must reside locally and be available on site in Eglin, Florida when not working remotely. 


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors and two (2) years or more experience
  • Degree in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other related technical degree

Required Clearance:

  • No clearance required to start; Ability to obtain a Secret clearance required to maintain employment
  • US citizenship required

Required Skills:

  • Proficiency in Matlab and Zemax or equivalent 
  • Knowledge of Aero-optic and aero-thermal effects on IR windows and optical systems
  • Knowledge of modeling and simulation of IR optical systems including targets, background, atmospherics, point spread functions, wave fronts, FPA temporal and spatial noise
  • Experience utilizing laboratory or field measurements with optical systems and components
  • Knowledge of statistics, IR camera calibration and processing of images with Matlab or equivalent
    • Spatial and temporal noise
    • Point source NEI
    • Ensquared energy
    • Extended target NER/NETD
    • Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)

Desired Skills

  • Experience with passive optical systems in the IR used for various applications e.g. seekers and celestial navigation

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


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