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Job #: R-00049957
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

The Leidos Innovation Center has an opening for an Optical Analyst to be located on Kirtland AFB, NM, with expertise in optical systems, data analysis and simulations. This position supports optical research and development projects at the Air Force Research Laboratory Starfire Optical Range, for applications including optical communications and high resolution imaging and tracking of space objects. Projects primarily involve field experiments on optical propagation through turbulence, including laser propagation, optical imaging, radiometry and spectroscopy. Field experiments are concentrated upon the use of large-aperture astronomical-type optical telescopes and large-scale adaptive optical systems for real-time atmospheric compensation and high-accuracy tracking.  Specific tasks include experiment data processing and analysis, modeling and simulation of optical propagation, tracking, and system effects, and experiment design, planning, and operations. Flexible work hours may be required. 

Fun stuff you will do on the job:
•    Processing and analysis of optical imagery, radiometric signatures, and other data from optical laboratory and field experiments 
•    Simulation and modeling of experiments and systems including conventional and adaptive optics, optical tracking, imaging, and communications systems
•    Development of algorithms and methods for signal processing, data analysis, and hardware control 
•    Design of diagnostic tests and experiments
•    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

This is you:
•    MS in engineering, mathematics, or physics with at least 4 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
•    Experience with scripting languages (Mathematica, Matlab, IDL, etc.) 
•    Experience with low level programming languages (C, C++, Python, 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 in astronomical field experiments/observations
•    Experience with adaptive optical systems and wavefront sensing
•    Experience with wave-optical simulation software
•    Experience with astronomical or satellite tracking tools and methods
•    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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Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

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