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Stray Light Engineer

The Aerospace Corporation , El Segundo, CA, United States
Employer Description

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?


The Integrated Sensor Design and Analysis Department supports electro-optical payload development by performing systems engineering analysis in a concurrent engineering environment. Systems are evaluated from optical, thermal, and structural perspectives. Systems engineering activities also involve development and analysis of testing methods for sensor systems and large aperture optics. We support the optical design, analysis, and testing of sensor systems from short-turnaround prototypes to Class A satellites.

Job Description

Key Functions

  • Design, develop, model, analyze, and test stray light control systems for space-based electro-optical systems, including the development of novel test and analysis methods as needed.
  • Be an industry leader in stray light and radiometric requirements definitions as well as performance modeling, analysis, and testing methods.
  • Generate novel sensor concepts to meet evolving customer requirements including opto-mechanical designs for implementation and build.
  • Provide performance analysis of electro-optical sensor systems for assessing proposed designs and developing technical performance requirements, including using optical design software.
  • Interact with senior staff and department management to solve challenging technical problems that arise on EO sensor system programs. 
Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree completed from accredited college/university in optics, physics, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering.
  • 5+ years of experience with radiometric propagation and stray light analysis.
  • Must be able to perform detailed optical system analysis in non-sequential raytracing software such as FRED, ASAP, or LightTools.
  • Demonstrated understanding of opto-mechanical effects on straylight of systems.
  • Ability to analyze optical systems using optical software such as CodeV or Zemax.
  • Good analytical skills in electro-optical system performance evaluation including radiometry, stray light, optical design and testing, and sensor performance metrics.
  • Experience in testing optical systems for metrics such as EOD, MTF, and WFE.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work interactively and effectively with Air Force and government customers, and with contractor personnel.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a TS/SCI SSBI security clearance. 


Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree.
  • Laboratory experience with stray light testing of optical instrumentation and setups.


06 June 2019
06 July 2019
Bachelor's Degree
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors