Optical Systems Design Engineer

Huntsville, AL |Full Time
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Position Description

Dynetics, an employee-owned company, is seeking a talented Optical Systems Design Engineer to join a diverse team to create unique solutions for complex problems. With offices across the United States engaging in the defense, space, cyber and commercial fields, Dynetics provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific and IT solutions.

The Product Engineering Department is a design-focused group of engineers specializing in advanced hardware products. The individual selected for this position will be a design engineer with proven optical engineering expertise. The individual must be a self-starter with experience working on inter-disciplinary teams to solve challenging technical problems. The engineer will work closely with hardware integrated into a diverse range of aerospace and military systems including manned/unmanned ground/air vehicles, missiles, sensors, and space systems.

The selected candidate will be expected to execute in a fast-paced, small team environment through all phases of the optical system development life cycle from requirements definition and detailed design through manufacturing support, calibration and alignment, qualification testing, and post-delivery support. The engineer will be responsible for developing robust optical solutions.

The ideal candidate should be familiar with lens and optical system design and prototyping using industry standard lens design software and/or other image processing and optical signature tools. Proven experience with Zemax is a plus. The candidate should be able to understand and model the theoretical operation of these systems and balance tradeoffs of multiple characteristics to reach an optimal design for MWIR/LWIR/EO-IR applications. The candidate should also be familiar with optical system design and packaging practices to fully support the solutions that Dynetics is developing.

With a product focus, the individual is also expected to actively partner with other engineers, project managers, technicians and the customer to develop solutions that adhere to a diverse set of requirements. Additionally, the engineer will support resolution of technical issues that are discovered during the manufacture and test of deliverable hardware.



Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, or a related discipline from an ABET-accredited institution.

Candidate must have demonstrated expereince in optical system design and test.

Hands-on optical laboratory experience with instrumentation, test equipment, and debug/test methods.

Motivated self-starter and problem solver with experience executing in multi-disciplinary teams.

Candidate must have demonstrated experience effectively communicating within a team environment.

Candidate must be a resident of the North Alabama area or willing to relocate to the Huntsville - North Alabama, AL area.


Other Qualifications

Preferred candidates will also meet some of the following:

  • Familiarity with MWIR/LWIR/EO-IR applications
  • Experience in lens and optical system design and prototyping using industry standard lens design software such as Zemax and/or other image processing and optical signature tools
  • Strong academic background
  • Design-to-delivery of R&D prototype optical systems in MWIR and LWIR, especially those with a specialized bandpass or polarization filtering
  • Familiarity with common COTS optics vendors as well as specifying custom optical assemblies and components


Security Requirements

Candidate must be a US Citizen.

Possess (and be able to maintain) a Final Secret Clearance or meet the eligibility to obtain (and maintain) a Secret Clearance.



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