Optical Engineer VI
Company: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted on: August 13, 2019
Job ID: 10836
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We resonate with people who are looking for ways to go further and
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relocation, tuition reimbursement and generous Caltech retirement
The Optics Section works on cutting-edge concepts and instruments
for Earth-observing, planetary and astrophysical missions. Our
teams within the section work on design, analysis, implementation
and testing of complex optical systems, many of which use active
and adaptive optics to compensate for changes in the intervening
optical medium and/or in instrument environment. These systems lie
at the core of instruments intended to provide high-resolution
imagery and isolation of terrestrial and astronomical objects, e.g.
propagation of seismic waves during earthquakes and planets
orbiting other stars. The Section also develops imaging and
spectrometry instruments for applications ranging from in situ
laser-driven Raman spectroscopy of planetary rocks and soil to
measurements of trace gases in Earth and planetary atmospheres.
We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Optical Engineer
Level 6 to be a member of the Optics team at the Section level. You
will report directly to the Section manager.
Tasks will include but not limited to:
- Support and provide guidance on optical design, analysis and
delivery efforts on existing JPL projects, e.g. WFIRST
- Participate in design and development of optical systems for
future NASA and other Government agency missions.
- Consulting for optical system design teams; development of
requirements and error budgets for optical instruments; image-based
analysis as a means of assessing instrument performance and
- Planning for future active/adaptive optics-based
- Bachelors degree in Aerospace, Optical Engineering, Physics or
related technical discipline with a minimum of 15 years of related
experience; Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of
13 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with
at least 11 years related experience.
- Extensive understanding and demonstrated ability to apply
principles, tools and practices of optical system design
- Experience leading and managing technical teams
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Note: As a temporary position, this assignment may last up to 36
months in duration with approvals based on 12 month assignments.
However, please note that you are not under any employment contract
and your temporary employment status can be terminated at any time,
with or without notice.
Having one or more of the following skills and experience sets
would be beneficial:
- Current TS/SCI clearance
- Experience with air- or space-borne optical instruments
- Experience with one or more of the following: high contrast
imaging; wavefront sensing and control; active optics using
deformable mirrors; high-performance laser metrology systems;
- Familiarity with NASA/JPL processes and practices
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