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Job #: R-00022229
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Category: Optical Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

The Directed Energy division currently has an opening for a Senior Optical Analyst with expertise in simulation, modeling, and data analysis related to optical tracking and imaging of orbital objects to work in our Albuquerque, NM office. This is an opportunity to use your experience helping the CASE mission.  In this mission we support AF Research Laboratory optical research and development projects at the AFRL/RDS Starfire Optical Range, Kirtland AFB, NM. Projects primarily involve experiments on optical propagation through turbulence, including optical imaging of both astronomical and orbital space objects. Field experiments are concentrated upon the use of large-aperture astronomical telescopes and large-scale adaptive optical systems for real-time atmospheric compensation.  

Fun challenges you will do on the job:
•    Simulation and modeling of laboratory and field experiments using large astronomical telescopes for applications including astronomical observations, satellite imaging, and laser communications
•    Detailed modeling and simulation of optical tracking, imaging, and communications systems and experiments
•    Processing and analysis of optical imagery, radiometric signatures, and other data from experiments
•    Design of diagnostic tests
•    Development and maintenance of modeling and analysis code
•    Documentation of results
•    Communicate directly with customers, engineers, and other scientists, and will work independently under direction of the Leidos program manager

To be successful in this role you need these skills:
•    MS in engineering, mathematics, or physics with at least 10 years’ experience or PhD in engineering, mathematics, or physics
•    Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance
•    Experience in wave-optical analysis or simulation of optical systems
•    Ability to translate derived or evolved algorithms into operational software 
•    Experience with scripting languages (Mathematica, Matlab, etc.) 
•    Experience with low level programming languages (C, C++, Fortran, etc.) 
•    Ability to translate derived or evolved algorithms into operational software 
•    Strong verbal and written communication skills including ability to prepare and present reports and briefings on experiment results. 
•    Ability to work in a mixed AF/contractor team environment, interfacing directly with government analysts, engineers, and experiment directors.

You will wow us even more if you have these skills: 
•    Experience in optical laboratory or field experiments
•    Experience with adaptive optical systems
•    Experience with ACS, WaveProp, WavePlex, or similar wave-optical simulation software
•    Experience with TASAT satellite tracking simulation tool or similar tools
•    Experience with data acquisition software and hardware systems
•    Experience in quantum information science or quantum optics
•    Top Secret security clearance

External Referral Eligible

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Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Optical Engineering


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