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Laser Communications Laboratory Engineer

Job Description

ATA is seeking an experienced optical engineer or senior technician to be responsible for ATA’s Laser Communications Laboratory. Projects would vary from technology development, to laboratory test set ups, to defining and conducting experiments, to low-volume production. The candidate is expected to be very hands-on and experienced in a laboratory and clean room setting. The candidate would show capability and interest in understanding optical design and analysis, while taking responsibility to integrate and test precision optical subsystems for airborne and spacecraft applications. The candidate should be knowledgeable in operating laser sources, detectors, alignment systems, scanning mirrors and fast steering mirrors, telescopes, gimbals, and other related optical pointing and stabilization systems. The candidate would work in a team environment with one or more engineers and/or technicians per project. The candidate must have skills and experience with optical test equipment (e.g., interferometers), laser sources, fiber optics, and various detectors. The candidate would be responsible for maintaining an optics laboratory in an orderly and clean condition, including maintaining necessary supplies, cabinets, tools and equipment in good working order.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with strong critical thinking skills, strong writing capability, demonstrated self-starter characteristics, and the capability to work both individually and as part of a small team. The candidate must be able to adapt between technology development projects and the formalisms (processes and procedures) associated with building space-qualified or production hardware.We are seeking a highly motivated individual with strong critical thinking skills, demonstrated self-starter characteristics, and the capability to assemble optical subsystems and test configurations based on general directions from Optical and Mechanical Project Engineers. The candidate must be able to adapt between technology development projects and the formalisms (processes and procedures) associated with building space-qualified or production hardware.

Required: 

  • - 10 years of experience or Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience with optical
     
      or electro-optical systems

  • - Experience with optical system development and performance assessment, including
     
      elements of assembly, integration and test

  • - Experience with optical laboratory test equipment, test configurations, and test execution

  • - Experience with lab control software (e.g. LabVIEW), analysis software (e.g. MATLAB),
     
      and similar related tools

  • - Ability to quickly adapt to different projects and to work several projects simultaneously

  • - Demonstrated good communication skills (technical writing, verbal presentations)

  • - Ability and willingness to perform moderate physical tasks, such as lifting, carrying,
     
      bending, continuous standing

  • - Perform other tasks, including, but not limited to: maintaining laboratory equipment
     
      and ordering supplies and equipment

  • - Some travel may be required

  • - Potential for supporting extended work weeks during differing project phases, as necessary

  • - Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance
     
      (Note: A clearance will not be required initially.)

  • - Bachelor’s degree in Optical Engineering is a bonus

  • - Experience with space flight hardware is a bonus

Travel: Yes, estimate less than 10% of the time

Relocation Available: Yes

ATA is an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability employer. Please send all resumes, including cover letters, to Human Resources at Applied Technology Associates, 1300 Britt Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123.  You may also fax them to (505) 998-2397, or e-mail them to ATAJobs@atacorp.com.  PLEASE REFER TO DOCKET No. ATA20180807.

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