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 testing, and data analysis. Our culture of innovation and teamwork provides a dynamic and collaborative environment where motivated individuals can find a variety of projects in which to participate.

Polaris Sensor Technologies is seeking a self-motivated Senior Optical Engineer to conceive, develop, build, test, integrate, and perform evaluation of resulting electro-optical sensor systems. This position involves significant hands-on laboratory work, modeling and simulation, and directing 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. Strong inter-personal skills are required.

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.

Responsibilities

  • Understand and develop requirements-based system concepts
  • Thorough understanding of physical and geometrical optics, Fourier optics, and wavefront aberration theory
  • 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, Mathematica, etc.)
  • Use laboratory measurement tools and systems (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 and interact with the customer

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
  • 12 years minimum demonstrated experience in a technical field
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance

Desired Experience

  • Post-graduate degree
  • Project lead experience
  • Experience in optical design (i.e., ZEMAX, FRED, etc.)
  • Experience in mechanical design
  • Experience in hardware systems assembly
  • Experience planning and/or performing laboratory tests
  • Systems engineering experience