Aero-Optics Engineer

Polaris Sensor Technologies specializes in innovative and demanding research and development projects resulting in one-of-a-kind optical systems. Polaris’s multi-disciplinary teams support customers from concept, design, integration, prototyping, and build to software development, algorithm development, field test, and data analysis. Our culture of innovation and teamwork provides a dynamic and fast-paced environment where motivated individuals can find a variety of projects in which to participate.

Polaris is seeking an Aero-Optics Engineer to support multiple efforts in developing optical instrumentation for integration into hypersonic wind tunnel test facilities. While direct experience with aero-optics instrumentation, wind tunnel testing, or data analysis and modeling would be a plus, we are seeking self-motivated candidates with experience and capability in the areas listed below. This position involves significant hands-on laboratory work and interaction with team members during sensor development as well as solid physical optics understanding. Applicants should be confident in laboratory skills involving optical systems integration, assembly, setup, calibration, and operation. A successful applicant is able to work well in teams, is eager to learn, and is able to clearly communicate and document their work.

This position is a full-time position (40 hours per week) in Huntsville, Alabama. Salary is commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and experience.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and able to obtain a security clearance upon demonstrated need.

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Typical Responsibilities

• Design, construct, and test optical systems intended to measure aero-optics, optical window effects, and physical optics effects
• Collect and analyze data from the above mentioned systems
• Use software tools to design, evaluate, and modify imaging systems
• Use laboratory measurement tools and systems
• Support testing activities at hypersonic wind tunnel facilities
• Troubleshoot and resolve technical issues independently
• Develop comprehensive and detailed reports

Education and Experience Required

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Optical Science, Optical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or a related technical area
• 5 years minimum demonstrated experience in a technical field

Basic Qualifications Required

• The ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance
• Strong communication skills, both oral and written
• Disciplined approach to laboratory work with strong attention to detail
• Good organizational skills

Optional, Desired Qualifications and Experience

• Experience in optical design (i.e., ZEMAX)
• Experience in mechanical design
• Experience in hardware systems assembly
• Experience planning and/or performing laboratory tests
• Systems engineering experience