SPIE Career Center
NOTE: You will be creating an SPIE user account. After the account is created you will be redirected back to the Career Center to sign in.
Browsing Job 18 of 110
In order to Apply for this job you must be signed into your user account. New users can register by selecting Create an Account.
Save Job
In order to Save this job you must be signed into your user account. New users can register by selecting Create an Account.

Lidar and Electro-optics Optics Engineer

Psionic, Hampton, VA, United States
Employer Description

The technology at the heart of Psionic Doppler Lidar was developed at NASA for autonomous space vehicles.

Unlike conventional lidar, Doppler lidar provides fast, long distance, unambiguous range and bearing measurements. Now the technologists behind NASA's effort are the core team behind Psionic where they are working to solve some of the most important problem for some of the world's largest organizations in the Space, Defense, and Automotive industries.

If you're up for the challenge, join a team of innovators and entrepreneurs as we break new ground in inventing and productizing this technology and taking it to different markets around the globe.

Job Description

About Us:

Psionic, Inc. is proud of our customer relationships, our diverse and dynamic work environment, and our employees' career satisfaction. We are a startup focused on lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles. We are building a culture of high performance that we think can change the world for the better.

Headquartered in Hampton, Virginia, we offer a competitive salary and attractive benefits package. Our website describes our corporate values and how they apply to the professional success and growth of our employees.

We would like to add a motivated, fast-paced Lidar and Electro-optics Engineer with a diverse and solid background to our on-site team in Hampton, Virginia.


Job Description:

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as an Electro-optical Engineer working on cutting edge coherent Doppler lidar and instrumentation based on Doppler measurements. You will use hands-on experience building laboratory prototypes and production hardware as well as computer modeling to accelerate development of second-generation lidar to support the fast-moving autonomous vehicle sector, defense applications, and space-based navigation.

You will lead projects that include a system and component modeling and experimentation to correlate model results with laboratory and flight campaigns measurements. Work requires electronics and optics knowledge, algorithm development, controls systems knowledge, coding experience, and a system generalist’s mindset to rigorously capture the current system performance as well as potential and actual future improvements.

Our designs must perform under stringent automobile, aero, and space environmental conditions. Highly-integrated sensors and supporting electronics will be necessary to achieve high-performance requirements for our alpha and beta demonstration units. The successful candidate will be familiar with methods for utilizing computer models and statistical methods to predict system performance across highly variable environmental conditions. This newly developed lidar and improved signal processing systems will have a far-reaching impact in the field of autonomous vehicles.

The work involves analyzing, designing, coding, simulating, testing, and conducting performance validation and verification of optical and photonic elements, electronic data processing, controls, and instrumentation systems. These will be used for detecting, recording, measuring, or controlling physical conditions, phenomena, and environments encountered in automotive, aeronautical and aerospace development programs.

Major Responsibilities as a Lidar and Electro-Optical Engineer:

  • Design and develop improved subsystems for next generation Doppler lidar.
  • Use measurement science expertise to design validation protocols to demonstrate user requirements are met.
  • Development mathematical computer models that include optical, analog and digital electronic, control loops, detector and processing elements, and complex interfaces.
  • Design and test the simulation against actual laboratory and flight systems to allow system level improvements and new concepts to be quickly and accurately evaluated for implementation.
  • Utilize industry standard modeling codes for optical and electronic systems simulation and incorporate these into custom models for Psionic components and systems
  • Generates and reviews development and design approaches for adequacy, feasibility, cost, and conformance to overall goals and best engineering practices.
  • Presents results at project reviews and technical conferences.
  • Ensures assigned aerospace and/or ground support equipment meet project objectives and environmental conditions and are compatible with ground data acquisition and processing capabilities.
  • Writes and reviews technical goals and approaches, monitoring progress during development, design, and testing. Provides advanced technical assistance in the development, design, and integration of technologies and systems.

Additional Responsibilities as a Technical Specialist:

  • Review and analyzes existing systems design in order to initiate redesign or modifications to improve the operational effectiveness of hardware and software.
  • Designs or directs the development of unique or leading-edge technology, hardware, equipment, or systems to meet specific mission requirements.
  • Manages engineering team efforts related to the study, development, and test of hardware, data system components, or equipment.
  • Supports the design, development, and testing, including upgrades, parts reliability requirements, failure analysis/corrective action investigations, special laboratory tests, performance evaluations, and design audits of in-house and contracted projects and provides status to senior program management.
  • Oversees the day-to-day development activities of the design team in support of the project manager's work plan.
  • Performs additional data systems and analysis work as required.


Job Requirements

Technical Skills:

  • Maintains a broad knowledge of optics and electronics analog/digital design engineering.
  • Senior Engineer (7-10 years min.).
  • Experienced working in teams for the formulation, design, development, modification, implementation, calibration, and field deployment of difficult electronic measurement and instrumentation systems or other ground systems, or subsystems for laboratory, aero, or space flight systems.
  • Experience with full life cycle development.
  • Experienced with MATLAB, Zemax, and Pspice or equivalent tools.
  • Demonstrated success in the field of electro-optical system design.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose issues that arise during testing.



  • BS degree or higher in Physics, Mathematics or Engineering (Required)
  • 5+ years of Optical Engineering experience (Required)
  • 3+ years of Lidar Engineering Development experience (Preferred)
  • Significant hands-on experience (Required)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • An ability to learn new skills and adapt to new technologies
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. (Required)

Psionic, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $60,000.00 to $110,000.00 /year


  • Lidar Engineering Development: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Optical Engineering: 1 year (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States Citizenship (Required)
08 May 2019
07 July 2019
Bachelor's Degree
60000 – 110000
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors