Engineering Fellow - Optical Design - Military veterans preferred

Raytheon (


  full-time   employee

United States

The Products and Technology Center in the Electrical Subsystems Directorate is seeking an optical design and analysis Engineering Fellow that is responsible for designing new and advanced optical sensors in support of new product development at Missile Systems (MS). The selected candidate will lead teams in defining optical design solutions, being responsible for performance and cost and supporting these products through their development, implementation, verification, and maintenance. Additionally, they will be responsible for shaping the optical sensor development strategy for MS, including road maps for Product Lines and new optics related technologies.

The selected candidate will be required to effectively interact with engineers across multiple disciplines including systems, electro-optical subsystems, optics, opto-mechanics, detectors, cryogenics, and electro-optical system test and verification. The selected candidate will be expected to effectively present their work in program and Business Unit reviews and to provide expert counseling and mentoring. They will be expected to lead teams and provide technical oversight and task delegation as appropriate. The customers of this position will include internal Missile Systems personnel and programs, as well as external Government(s) personnel and programs. The selected candidate will work with the customer and engineering leadership to define design requirements to validate and to verify that hardware being designed is compliant with requirements.

As a fellow, it is expected that the candidate work across Product Lines and Business Units as dictated by the critical needs of the Enterprise. Additionally, the Fellow will seek out and establish apprenticeships to enable a teaching culture at Missile Systems. In this position, they must have exhibited a proven track record with national recognition of an electro-optical sensor architecture mindset in developing sensor products and working across a product’s life cycle. The candidate of choice will encompass a history of design innovation validated by patents and technical papers, serving as the expert through integration and qualification of electro-optical sensors, and leading Failure Investigation Teams in resolution to complex production sustainment issues and / or sensor anomalies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead selection of optical sensor design solutions for MS electro-optical products with considerations for its role in the system, all phases of engineering and production, and the product life cycle.
  • Lead trade studies on various sensing systems such as aperture size, wavebands, field of view, F-number, tolerances, stray light, material selection, packaging, etc
  • Support electro-optical modeling and simulation activities
  • Lead development of requirements in support of optical design, stray light, etc and the requirement flow to components.
  • Drive the development, implementation, verification and maintenance of optical designs in close collaboration with other disciplines to provide a mature optimized missile product
  • Identify strategic optical engineering development opportunities
  • Propose and lead independent research and development (IRAD) projects for the advancement of optical engineering solutions
  • Ensure balance of risk, performance, and cost.
  • Be accountable to leadership for technical decisions.
  • Participate in major technical review boards, e.g., Failure Review Board
  • Communicate and collaborate with Program Management and Technical Leadership, Engineering Leadership, Manufacturing, Suppliers, and Customers.
  • Guide, apprentice, mentor, and train employees within the optical design area

Required Skills/Experience:

  • A minimum of 12 years of optical design, analysis and tolerancing experience on ultra-violet (0.3 um) through Long-Wave Infrared (14 um) optical systems
  • Demonstrated experience with Code V, Zemax, FRED, or equivalent optical design tools
  • Demonstrated optical fabrication, testing, and stray light knowledge from the ultra-violet through Long-Wave Infrared.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead optical design teams spanning optical designers, stray light analysts, opto-mechanical engineers, detector engineers, and optical test engineers.
  • Demonstrated experience leading optical design trade studies and engineering efforts involving engineers across multiple disciplines as listed above.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead teams
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others to achieve technical and programmatic goals
  • Demonstrated proactive problem solving experience
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a business strategic vision and execute changes
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful technical proposal volumes
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication ability to leadership
  • Existing, or the ability to obtain, a DoD-issued Secret Security Clearance.

Required Education (including Major):
  • BS in Physics, Optics or other related engineering field

Desired Skills:

  • MS or PhD in Physics, Optical Sciences or other related engineering field
  • Experienced stray light analyst
  • Experience within the aerospace industry
  • Active DoD issued Top Secret security clearance

Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.