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Principal Optical Engineer (Cleared)

Company: Northrop Grumman
Location: Springfield
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Job Description:



Principal Optical Engineer

Adaptive Optics Associates - Xinetics (AOX), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSS) Business Venture, is currently seeking a Principal Optical Engineer in East Hartford, CT. AOA-Xinetics designs, develops, and manufactures precision, advanced optical products and systems such as deformable mirrors, optical systems, adaptive optics control systems and silicon carbide optical structures for the U.S. Government, commercial customers, and U.S. defense prime and second-tier contractors. Markets for these technologies include civilian astronomy and semiconductor capital equipment as well as defense ISR and Directed Energy. Several potential direct and adjacent application areas also exist. The Company has substantial growth opportunities in support of many U.S. Government and NGSS business initiatives.

AOX delivers industrial photonics systems and R&D services for a variety of customers and applications. AOX excels in a range of applications from adaptive optical systems, deformable mirrors, wavefront sensors, precision actuators, to photonic systems that acquire and process data in real time for a variety of high availability applications. AOX's capabilities include lightweight passive and active hybrid CERAFORM silicon carbide optics and precision structures as well as large and small precision opto-mechanical systems supporting electronics and sophisticated controls software.

The Principal Optical Engineer will perform as a member of an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists on different project assignments to develop novel and innovative solutions to advanced technical problems. You will conduct research and development into physical optics, lasers, and advanced optical communications systems. You will design, develop, build and test systems and products based on optic, photonic and laser technologies. Additionally, you will develop mathematical models for simulation and analysis of optical and electro-optical systems. The successful engineer will be responsible for the overall development of optical systems, including: specifying, selecting and qualifying active and passive optical components, developing and benchmarking system performance models, and implementing test procedures.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design and analyze optical components and subsystems
  • Specify optical components for fabrication by Qualified Suppliers
  • Develop test plans and perform testing of fiber optic components and subsystems
  • Contribute to the development of innovative solutions to difficult problems
  • Design micro-optical systems for fiber-optic applications
  • Perform testing on optical assemblies and photonic systems
  • Document designs and test results
  • Present results to customers
  • Lead teams of engineers and technicians in the pursuit of program goals, and complete tasks according to schedule, budget and design objectives
  • Additional responsibilities include support of proposal teams, and working with customers on product definition

Keywords: Northrop Grumman, Springfield , Principal Optical Engineer (Cleared), Engineering , Springfield, Massachusetts

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