Polaris Sensor Technologies builds novel optical sensing systems and seeks engineers who thrive in a fast-paced development environment to join our team. Polaris’s multi-disciplinary teams support customers from concept to delivery, performing prototyping, design, build, and integration. Our culture of innovation and teamwork provides a dynamic and collaborative environment where motivated individuals contribute to projects in sensing, detection and tracking, oil and gas, and basic research areas.

Polaris is seeking a self-motivated Optical Engineer to build and perform integration and evaluation of electro-optical sensor systems. This position involved significant hands-on laboratory work and interaction with team members during sensor development. 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 able to obtain a security clearance upon demonstrated need.


  • Construct and test electro-optical systems
  • Collect and analyze data from electro-optical systems
  • Use software tools to evaluate imaging systems (i.e., Python, MATLAB, etc.)
  • Use laboratory measurement tools and systems (e.g., interferometers, spectrometers, cameras, etc.)
  • Troubleshoot and resolve technical issues independently
  • Develop, implement, oversee, and participate in basic data collection and/or testing procedures
  • Develop comprehensive and detailed reports


  • 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
  • 3 years minimum demonstrated experience in a technical field
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance

Desired Experience

  • Optical design like ZEMAX and FRED
  • Mechanical design
  • Hardware systems assembly
  • Planning and/or performing laboratory tests
  • Systems engineering