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•Primary responsibility will be in the design of highly complex optical systems for various astrophysics, earth sensing optical systems, and other applications for the Advanced Optical Systems and Technology Demonstrations program offices.
•Will be a lead for optical design and lead efforts in defining requirements, implementing designs and test methodologies for testing complex optical systems including systems with free form optical components.
•Will use standard optical design tools such as Code V and Zemax.
•You will report to the Optics Analysis and Simulation Group Supervisor for 383D.
•Will be expected to advise senior management and act as a representative of the Laboratory to outside organizations.
Relocation Eligibility Yes
Work Authorization U.S. Citizen
Clearance Status Ability to obtain a TS/SCI
Caltech/JPL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of Caltech/JPL to provide equal employment opportunities, actively recruit, and include for employment consideration all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Qualifications:
•Bachelor's degree in Optical Engineering, Physics or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 9 years of related experience; Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 5 years related experience.
•Extensive expertise in Optical Design
•Mastery of CODE V or Zemax optical design programs
•Track record of successfully fabricated optical designs.
•Innovative optical designs demonstrated through patents and/or publications.
•Deep understanding of optical aberration theory
•Demonstrated experience participating in and leading work groups and teams toward the successful completion and delivery of advanced flight instruments.
•Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, and concepts in Optics
•Experience and advanced knowledge in interfaces and interactions between various aspects of optical systems, i.e. optical, structural, thermal and active control elements.
•Extensive knowledge of industry and/or academic practices and standards across a range of applications in Optics.
•Experience and demonstrated success leading and participating on high-performing multi-disciplinary teams needed to develop, model, analyze, implement and deliver optical systems.
•Strong interpersonal and oral & written communication skills
•Demonstrated ability to establish rapport, build trust, and develop excellent working relationships with both customers and vendors