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Job #: R-00070854
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: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5000.00
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

This job is for you! Yes be our new Ultrashort Pulse Laser System Engineer in Albuquerque, NM. 

The Ultrashort Pulse Laser System Engineer will spend the majority of their time operating, maintaining, and improving Ultrashort Pulse Laser (USPL) systems.  Additional activities include control software development, new system design and engineering, SWaP and shock and vibe improvement considerations, and troubleshooting complex optical and system problems.

Fun challenges you will face:
•    Support complex custom-built multi-stage Ti:Sapphire laser system operations via routine and emergency maintenance. Perform alignment, optimization, and operation of Ti:Sapphire oscillator, regenerative amplifier, OPA, and bowtie amplifiers. Repair and service high energy nano-second YAG pump lasers.     
•    Develop monitoring diagnostics, control software, and maintenance procedures for multiple one-of-a-kind laser systems. Developed diagnostics will enhance laser system alignment, pulse measurements, and beam quality of laser systems.  
•    Perform optical test functions including power, spatial, spectral and temporal characterization of optical beams.
•    Assist with laboratory equipment maintenance and organization
•    Assist with installation of new hardware and fixtures to expand laboratory capabilities and capacity.
•    Define and implement test and evaluation strategies for new equipment and hardware.
•    Provide regular progress reports and maintain timelines for multiple projects to multi-disciplinary teams of physicists and engineers.
•    Demonstrate ability to adapt and learn evolving USPL technology.

This is you:
•    Possess a bachelors degree in a Science / Engineering Discipline.
•    Have Ti:Sapphire laser system experience at the college level or above, including laser system alignment, diagnostics, design, and maintenance. 
•    Have the ability to acquire and maintain a DoD secret clearance.

You will wow us even more if you have these skills:
•    2+ years experience operating and troubleshooting USPL systems. 
•    Troubleshooting and resolving optical and electronics related system issues.
•    Experience operating and troubleshooting Joule-class Nd:YAG nanosecond lasers. 
•    Experience with optical and electronic synchronization techniques.
•    Experience with OPA systems.
•    Optomechanical modelling experience and knowledge of materials. 
•    Proficiency in LabVIEW, CAD, and/or Zemax.
•    Strong innovation, analytical and diagnostic skills.   


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Effective October 1, in order to enter Leidos facilities in the US and to attend Leidos business events outside our facilities, employees will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry.  Effective January 18, 2022, all Leidos employees must be fully vaccinated (2 weeks past final dose) unless they are entitled to a legal accommodation. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC. 

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, civil, and health markets. The company’s 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021.  For more information, visit

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