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Electro-Optical Engineer

Electro-Optical Engineer

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Schafer Corporation has an immediate requirement for an Electro-Optical Engineer with broad experience in all aspects of the theory and practice of optical systems engineering in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


  • Develop approaches to a variety of optical system engineering tasks dynamically assigned by an innovative customer with a demanding program schedule.
  • Optical system modeling using software such as ZEMAX or FRED to assess stray light effects and performance metrics such as Strehl, wavefront error, and image quality; and to assess manufacturability and operability - i.e. ease of focus or alignment.
  • Design optical systems using ZEMAX or similar software - particularly laboratory optical bench layouts, test equipment, or prototypes of small systems.
  • Safely operate up to kilowatt-class CW lasers and Joule-class pulsed laser systems and optical beam trains.
  • Develop laser safety procedures.
  • Understand thermal management of laser systems and optical beam trains, and atmospheric propagation.
  • Analysis and testing of laser-induced damage.
  • Performance testing of integrated optical systems including laboratory testing of optical components (e.g. BRDF, laser-induced damage, detector characterization), and outdoor testing of optical systems including but not limited to tests involving atmospheric laser propagation
  • Design and build test equipment.
  • Optical problem analysis (e.g. Gaussian beam propagation, radiometry, thermal modeling) using Matlab, Mathcad, or similar program
  • Coordinate and perform studies of EO system performance that could involve factory integrated optical test planning, stray light performance predictions, and development of novel optical testing approaches.
  • Coordinate and perform studies of protection in an operational environment, operational calibration and operational environmental optical effects.
  • Schedule activities and/or meetings.
  • Prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Clearly communicate technical information in written reports and briefings.
  • Lead members of technical team.
  • Work closely with program management to meet program milestones and deadlines.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Degree: Masters in Physics or Engineering.
  • Years of experience: 10+ years in optical system engineering.
  • Proficient in ZEMAX.
  • Proficient in MATLAB, MathCAD, or similar analytical software.
  • Proficiency in FRED is a bonus.
  • Understanding of the physics of optical materials and coatings.
  • Knowledge of optical detectors for use in test instrumentation as well as an understanding of the physics of detector materials and structures for laser damage testing and analysis.
  • Understanding of optical coating specifications and properties.
  • Practical as well as analytical work experience is more important than academic credentials.
  • Self-motivated, able to lead other members of a technical team, and work with little or no management supervision.
  • Active Top Secret security clearance required.
  • Eligible for SCI access.

Griffin (Albuqerque, NM)

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