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Laser Optical Engineer

Job ID: 2316552
Location: FORT SAM HOUSTON, TX, United States
Date Posted: Feb 22, 2024
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: Interim Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC is actively seeking a Laser Optical Engineer to join our dynamic team of physicists, biologists, optometrists, engineers, and technicians dedicated to conducting fundamental and applied research in the realm of laser bio-effects and safety within military environments. This full-time position is in support of the Optical Radiation Safety and Bioeffects research program based at the Air Force Research Laboratory in JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas.


  • Operate, repair, and maintain a variety of laser systems ranging from ultrafast to multi-kilowatt CW lasers, ultraviolet through far-infrared wavelengths.
  • Design and construct optical systems to deliver laser energy to specified targets that satisfy costumer defined specifications.
  • Develop electronic and optoelectronic control systems for precise delivery of laser energy.
  • Perform laser beam characterization and dosimetry.
  • Generate documentation on equipment operation and maintenance.
  • Generate documentation on optical system components, laser calibration and alignment procedures.
  • Provide training to other engineers.


  • Proficient in troubleshooting, component replacement, and calibration of lasers according to vendor specifications.
  • 5 years relevant experience
  • Experience in developing LabView virtual instruments.
  • Familiarity with Zemax optical design software.
  • Ability to build optical systems per costumer defined specifications.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively in cross-functional teams with program managers, scientists, and engineers for experiment development and execution.
  • Experience working with external suppliers to ensure timely delivery of critical optical hardware.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

SAIC accepts applications on an ongoing basis and there is no deadline.

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.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

We are approximately 24,000 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which is core to our values and important to attract and retain exceptional talent. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.9 billion. For more information, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom.

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