Senior Optical Engineer - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


SAIC is seeking an experienced professional engineer to join the National Security Customer Group  (NSCG). SAIC's NSCG provides specialized program management, engineering, analysis, and operations support to a variety of Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD) customers. We support the next-generation of national security-related systems based in space, in the air and on the ground.


SAIC's NSCG has an opening for a Senior Optical Engineer to provide systems engineering and technical advisory (SETA) services to a Government Intelligence Community (IC) customer. The customer is developing the next-generation of space and ground systems architectures, hardware, and software solutions.


The Senior Optical Engineer will work closely with IC and DOD customers, and with their industry partners. Working for SAIC in this role, the Senior Optical Engineer will inform the IC and DOD customers on technical solutions and opportunities for scientific and engineering opportunities to improve next-generation systems for space, air, and ground.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·       Oversee design, development, and test of optical and electro-optical systems and components, including payloads, telescopes, sensors, electro-optics, detectors, lasers, and fiber-optics for aircraft and space satellites.

·       Advise the government on component specifications, tolerances, simulations, and test procedures for optical, opto-mechanical, and electro-optical systems and components.

·       Assist the Government in developing operational concepts (CONOPS), mission threads, and approaches to employment of optical systems.

·       Ensure research and development (R&D) efforts are planned and conducted on a sound engineering basis including management of technical risks.

·       Provide technical support to customer activities and programmatic processes.

·       Develop documents and briefings to communicate work or study status, brief Government and industry as required. 


·       Must possess an active TS/SCI with Polygraph.

·       Masters degree in engineering, science, or related disciplines.

·       Twelve (12 years) or more of related experience.

·       Experience in the design, development, and testing of space-based optical and electro-optical systems and components.

·       Experience in developing component specifications, tolerances, simulations, and test procedures for electro-optical systems and components.

·       Effective customer engagement, interpersonal communications, writing, and briefing skills.

·       Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic, and team environment.

·       Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and modeling software.

·       Experience using commercial optical design tools such as Code V, Zemax, MATLAB, and Spatial Analyzer.

·       Aptitude for on-site Systems Engineering and Technical Advisor (SETA) work.

·       Experience with NASA, Department of Defense (DoD) or the Intelligence Community (IC) R&D organizations.


Desired Qualifications


·       Experience with Optical Instruments Engineering as an optics technical expert for multiple flight programs, at various points spanning the full range of their developmental cycles.

·       Experience in Alignment, Integration, and Test for flight programs, including work in planning and performing CMM, laser tracker, and other metrology activities to the interferometric measurements to align and verify optical sub-system performance.

·       Experience with Optical Systems Engineering, working optical testing and verification issues for a flight programs.