Optical Scientist/Engineer | AFRL

June 29, 2023

Location: Albuquerque, NM

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Laser Division is accepting applications for the position of Beam Control Scientist/Engineer for the Aero Effects and Beam Control Program, Technologies Branch (RDLT) and Laser Division (AFRL/RDL).

Salary: $82,556 to $161,018

Job Overview

This job announcement will be accepting candidate submission until 14 July 2023

Position duties include, but are not limited to:

  •  Serves as a subject matter expert for high energy laser beam control technology development.  
  • Performs research to develop advanced sensing techniques to precisely track targets and focus laser beams through distributed-volume and aero-optic turbulence.  Typical targets are hard-to-hit threats that lurk in cluttered backgrounds, have low optical signatures, or fly at extended ranges.  
  •  Defines, leads, and manages a diverse set of S&T areas to include beam control hardware development, adaptive optics, atmospheric propagation, tracking/beacon illuminators, and modeling and simulation efforts.  - Responsible for technical leadership, personnel development, and resource management as applied to a broad array of government assets.


Yes, this position is eligible for telework opportunities; as determined by agency policy

Remote Work (CONUS)

No, this position is not approved for remote work.

Required Qualifications

  • Candidates are expected to have a strong educational background and/or experience in optical sciences, in particular: optical design, radiometry, laser systems, and Fourier optics. 
  •  Must be able to manage a laboratory, plan and conduct laboratory and outdoor tests, and develop and refine beam control hardware, software, and associated algorithms.    
  • Education at the Ph.D. level is most appropriate; Ph.D. candidates, BS + 5 years, and MS +5 years can apply.
  •  US Citizenship
  •  Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance

Desired Qualifications

  • Education and/or experience in some or all of the following: statistical optics, atmospheric propagation, high-speed controls systems, image processing, and deep learning
  • Hands-on laboratory experience with electro-optic components 
  • Understanding of the relevant adaptive optics techniques to deal with aberrations imparted by atmospheric turbulence and aerodynamic effects on an airborne laser system platform 
  •  Prior experience/expertise in any/all the following areas are also highly desired: Realtime wavefront sensing and reconstruction using traditional or novel techniques, object ID and tracking in non-pristine environments with either passive or active illumination, and lightweight gimbaled telescope design.

(Requisition No. 54503)

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