We are a private technology company that designs, develops and operates space camera systems. We are currently seeking an Electronics Engineer specializing in image sensors and ionizing radiation effects to join our multidisciplinary space imaging systems design team. As a member of our small team, you’ll be responsible for the design and development of analog, digital, and opto-electronic systems for use in science, commercial, and government applications on earth orbiting and interplanetary space missions.
The Optics Engineer is responsible for working with Project Managers, Systems Engineers, and customer teams to specify and scope optics designs per mission requirements; identifying and helping to solve design challenges associated with the harsh environments of launch and operation in interplanetary space and during encounters with celestial bodies for both robotic and human spaceflight. The Optics Engineer manages subcontracts for optical parts, materials, coatings, and assemblies and is responsible for the definition and execution of optical calibration plans for verification of mission requirements.
Optical systems engineering and analysis to define an optics prescription that meets mission requirements
Generation of optical performance specifications and statements of work for optical subcontracts
Optics conceptual designs for proposal work
Subcontract management for detailed optical design
Management of glass availability through production lifecycle
Design for athermalization and stray light minimization
Structural-Thermal-Optical-Performance (STOP) Analysis
Hands-on opto-mechanical assembly and qualification, including assembly procedure development, alignment and process improvement
Write and execute calibration plans to verify mission requirements, including but not limited to focus/MTF, flat field imaging, radiometry and spectral response, distortion/camera models, boresight alignment
Leads and/or participates in preliminary and critical design reviews
Perform other duties as required which may become essential functions.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics; Masters or PhD preferred
Must have familiarity with optical design tools, such as ZEMAX or CODE V
Familiarity with optics assembly techniques for space-based optical systems
Experience with radiation-hardened optical design
Experience with collimation measurement techniques
Experience with laser interferometric measurement of wavefront error
Experience with radiometric calibration
Knowledge of visible and infrared sensor physics and performance limitations
Experience with boresight alignment and metrology
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, capable of clearly explain technical issues and ideas to peers, management, and customer representatives
Must be able to comprehend and communicate complex technical and engineering concepts. Must be able to remain in a stationary position while operating a computer for prolonged periods of time. Ability to work and move around in a cleanroom environment, wearing required outer garments including smock/coveralls, shoe covers, mask, hood and gloves. Moves in and around a lab space. Ability to handle high stress levels in connection with multiple conflicting priorities and deadlines. High tolerance for ambiguity and shifting expectations. Strong analytical and organizational skills with ability to prioritize workload.
The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily and, if requested, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job, absent undue hardship. The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.