Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc.

Aero-Optics Engineer for Instrumentation

Job Category: Engineer
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Huntsville AL

Polaris Sensor Technologies 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 may involve significant hands-on laboratory work. This position involves interaction with team members and requires experience with optical analysis, including a solid physical optics as well as geometrical 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 full-time (40 hours per week) in Huntsville, Alabama. Salary is commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and experience. Polaris offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance and 401k.

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


  • 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

Required Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Disciplined approach to laboratory work with strong attention to detail
  • Good organizational skills
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Optical Science, Optical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or a related technical area
  • 5 years minimum demonstrated experience in a technical field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Optical Design (Zemax)
  • Mechanical Design
  • Hardware Systems Assembly
  • Planning and/or Performing Laboratory Tests
  • Systems Engineering

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