Electro-Optics Center (EOC) at The Pennsylvania State University
April 17, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Years of Experience:
4 Year Degree
Electro-Optical Systems Engineer
Careers at the Applied Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University
WE Are… The Electro-Optics Center (EOC) at Penn State University, located in Freeport, PA, is a division of The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) and is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation. We serve as a University Center of Excellence in Defense science, systems, and technologies with a focus in naval missions and related areas. As a DoD-designated, U.S. Navy UARC (University Affiliated Research Center), ARL maintains a long-term strategic relationship with the U.S. Navy and provides support for other services. The EOC is searching for an experienced Electro-Optical Systems Engineer to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists to design electro-optical systems supporting various military and intelligence community customers.
WE Offer… Employment at ARL/EOC includes many benefits and rewards, including:
Career Advancement Opportunities
75% Tuition Discount for you and your family
What YOU Will Do… You will: Lead and contribute to key technical efforts in the development of a broad range of novel electro-optical sensor systems supporting imaging, remote sensing, computer/machine vision, hyperspectral, laser radar, and high energy laser applications, these efforts will include the design trades, component selection, analysis, modeling, software, and algorithm development required to push the state of the art of these systems; guide optical system development from bench-top and field-testable prototype to transitioned, field-deployable product, and support operationalization of techniques through field integration and testing activities, data analysis, and lab experimentation; document work in memoranda, sponsor briefs, conference proceedings, and journal articles, and brief senior leadership and sponsors as required; and work with leadership to develop project/staffing plans, participate in strategic business planning, new business development and internal research and development (IR&D) efforts, and mentor and assist in the professional development of junior staff.
What YOU Need to be Successful… This job will be filled as a level 3, level 4, or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs.
Master's or PhD in Imaging Science/Optics/Photonics, Electrical Engineering, or Physics
Industry, consulting, or academia
C++ programming and control systems theory
Application of basic principles of photonics and spectroscopic instrumentation
Spectroscopic techniques, such as Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence, Raman, UV, VIS, near infrared (NIR), SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR applications, FTIR-based techniques, or other spectroscopic applications and device techniques
Demonstrated ability to graduate prototype systems from the bench-top environment into real world operations
Comfort in briefing very senior and large audiences
Strong organizational and planning skills, with a demonstrated ability to effectively lead and inspire high performance teams of technical staff in solving complex problems
Demonstrated ability to collaborate in technical activities, as evidenced by co-authorship of technical papers, presentations, proposals, and white papers with authors from other organizations
Experience interacting with senior leadership and decision makers in USG
Possession of a current secret clearance with eligibility for TS/SCI clearance
Research background in optical science and engineering (such as microscopy, holography, spectroscopy, lidar, adaptive optics, and tomography)
Hands-on electro-optical systems engineering, including electrical, mechanical, and optical subsystem assembly and alignment
Electro-optical test fixture development
Systems troubleshooting, data collections, and statistical analysis
Control and diagnostic software development; test equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, vibration sensing equipment, and computer acquisition and analysis software, as well as analog and digital circuit design, and signal processing
Fourier spectral analysis
Probability and statistics
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, good interpersonal skills, good technical writing skills
The ability to work independently, as well as part of a multidisciplinary team
You will be subject to a government security investigation and you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the ARL/EOC will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. This is a one-year, fixed-term renewable appointment.
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