Optical Engineer - EOSL (498030) | Georgia Tech Research Institute

Feb. 15, 2023

Contact Thomas Craney - Thomas.craney@gtri.gatech.edu

ID: 498030
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: Hardware Development/Design, Image Processing, Lidar, Mechanical Design & Analysis, Modeling/Simulation, Sensors Integration, System Engineering, IR, Sensors/Optics, Autonomous Systems, ISR & Tactical Systems, Space Systems


EOSID specializes in the complete optical imaging and remote sensing chain, from the analysis, design, development, integration, test and evaluation of imaging and sensing systems, to the processing, exploitation, and visualization of data and imagery. EOSID also specializes in modeling and simulation (M&S) of high energy laser (HEL) propagation, engagements, and effects. EOSID makes critical contributions to national defense in the domains of Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), directed energy (DE), and undersea warfare (USW).


An Optical Engineer leverages knowledge and skills from the fields of optical sciences and optics manufacturing to research, design, model, analyze, assemble, integrate, and test complex EO-IR systems for applications in imaging, remote sensing, and telecommunications. The optical engineer gathers system requirements and translates them into optical specifications, tolerances, and error budgets based on performance/capability objectives and system lifecycle. Derived requirements reflect environmental and platform challenges and constraints such as temperature, vibration, shock, humidity, etc. Performs sensitivity analysis, link budget/radiometry, pointing stability, and stray light analysis through leveraging modeling and simulation tools that also enable analysis of alternatives and trades studies activities. Determines sources for commercial and custom optical components including: lenses, mirrors, holographic optical elements, mounts, lasers, fiber-optics, adaptive optical elements, optical scanners, and metrology equipment. Designs end-to-end optical layouts, optical alignment procedures, and characterization procedures in support of implementation into final systems.


  • Layout more complex optical designs in optical modeling software per guidance from more senior engineers
  • Perform more complex experiments, calculations, and/or simulations to assess the performance of imaging systems for various sensing applications
  • Conduct more complex data analysis on the results of imaging measurements and/or simulations
  • Contribute to white papers and proposals
  • Contribute to technical reports/presentations of project results


  • Contribute to research reports, white papers, and competitive proposals
  • Provide level of effort estimates for tasks
  • Lead design of experiments for simple experiments
  • Support field integration, data collection, and other testing activities relating to EO/IR systems and sensors
  • Document work and capture research findings in internal memorandum, sponsor briefs, conference proceedings, and journal articles


  • Candidates currently enrolled in an accredited degree program relevant to this position will be considered.
  • Experience with active and/or passive elecro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) systems and sensors such as lasers, VIS/SWIR/MWIR/LWIR imagers, Avalanche Photo-Diodes (APDs), photomultiplier tubes (PMTs), hyperspectral imagers, or lidar
  • Experience with optical design and/or M&S tools (e.g., Zemax, Code V, OSLO, TracePro, DIRSIG, etc.)
  • Experience in performing optical measurements and experiments


  • Active Secret Clearance
  • Experience with at least one high level programming/scripting language (e.g., Python, C/C++, MATLAB
  • Experience with high-speed image and/or signal processing technique


<10% travel


This position vacancy is an open-rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty Extension Professional ranks as outlined in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook

  • 2 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Optical Engineering, Imaging Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Geomatics, Civil Engineering, Astrophysics, Astronomy, or related technical field.
  • 0 years of related experience with a Masters’ degree in Optical Engineering, Imaging Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Geomatics, Civil Engineering, Astrophysics, Astronomy, or related technical field.


Due to our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be U.S. Citizens.


Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.


Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits, including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link: https://hr.gatech.edu/benefits


Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institute’s mission of solving the world’s most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.


Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.

Posted: 10/06/2022
Closes: 01/06/2023

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