Senior Optical Scientist Engineer

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Albuquerque, NM, United States

Phone: 5059982385
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Senior Optical Scientist Engineer


Albuquerque, NM 

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Job Description
ATA is seeking an experienced Optical Scientist/Engineer in support to multiple Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate contract. The engineer will be an integral member of a joint Government and contractor team that operates in a very dynamic environment. The engineer’s duties will span research and development activities in multiple laboratories and developmental systems and consist in formulating concepts, implementing and overseeing laboratory experiments, designing and building prototype system components, testing feasibility, modeling, and simulation, preparation for flight experiments and execution of flight experiments.
Essential Functions: 
  • - Systems Engineering analysis of requirements
  • - Laser and Optical System design
  • - Develop specific metrics for experimentation and system test, and guidance on laboratory
       methods to test individual system components
  • - Leadership of overall technical effort as it pertains to a final experimental design, component
       design and operational system performance and demonstration
  • - Support Business Development activities, for example:
  • -- Identify new opportunities with existing and/or new customers
  • -- Support the capture of new opportunities
  • -- Support proposals (e.g. lead sections involving technical area of responsibility, provide
       cost estimates, etc.)
  • - Represent ATA well with customers
  • - Perform all other duties as assigned Support business development/proposal activities
  • - Require minimum oversight to accomplish directed tasks
  • - Perform all duties as assigned
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel will be required (less than 10%).
Required Education and Experience: 
  • - Masters of Science in Physics, Mathematics, or Engineering and 8+ years of relevant experience
  • - Must be able to obtain and maintain a US Department of Defense Security Clearance
  • - Supervisory experience in a research and development environment
  • - Experience with low and medium powered lasers, diode lasers, fiber lasers and solid state lasers
  • - Experience in design, modeling, and analysis of High Energy Laser Propagation Experiments
       through Aero optical and distributed volume turbulence environments
  • - Experience in design, fabrication, testing of optical components and subsystems
  • - Experience developing and using optical modeling and data analysis tools such as ZEMAX
  • - Excellent interpersonal skills and communication (written and oral) capabilities
  • - Experience providing engineering support in an environment that requires co-location with the
  • - Working knowledge of C++ programming
  • - Experience developing test plans
  • - Experience developing integration plans
  • - Demonstrated leadership experience
Preferred Education and Experience: 
  • - Ph.D. and 6+ years of relevant experience in Physics, Mathematics, or Engineering
  • - Current U.S. Department of Defense Security Clearance
  • - Experience managing optical laboratories and directing research activities
  • - Working knowledge of beam compensation and experience in design of wave-front correction
       techniques due to atmospheric disturbances
  • - Experience advancing the Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) of laser propagation in areas of
       atmospheric disturbance
  • - Experience in business development and creating new program opportunities with new and
       existing customers
Location: Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM

ATA prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ATA conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations. Please send all resumes, including cover letters, to Human Resources at Applied Technology Associates, 1300 Britt Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123. You may also fax them to (505) 998-2397, or e-mail them  PLEASE REFER TO DOCKET No. ATA20181106.