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Electro-Optical Sensor Systems Engineer

Job ID 14996

The Space Dynamics Laboratory is seeking an electro-optical sensor systems engineer to work on sensor designs for space flight programs. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in optical engineering, visible and infrared imaging sensors, sensor system testing, and programming. The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of spaceflight electro-optical sensor systems including the design, development, testing, and operation of visible and infrared imaging sensor systems.

Entry level positions are being considered with the appropriate educational background and demonstrated abilities consistent with requirements provided below.

At SDL, we take pride in and highly value our employees. SDL offers competitive salaries and fantastic benefits, including:

  • Flexible work schedules that fit your style; every Friday off, every other Friday off, or simply traditional hours
  • Generous paid leisure and sick leave, ensuring you never miss a special event
  • Favorable company locations with average commute times of less than 15 minutes
  • High-quality, low-cost health, dental, and life insurance
  • A 14.2% employer retirement contribution into a 401(a) account-no matching required
  • Utah State University undergraduate tuition discounts of 50%, full reimbursement for graduate tuition, and free course audits for employees and dependents meeting eligibility requirements
  • A highly educated team that works together to solve some of the most fascinating problems on (and off) our planet
  • We are a growing company that maintains both a family feel and high retention rate with high job satisfaction
  • Relocation assistance available for most positions

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree in a related technical field (e.g., electro-optical systems engineering, optical science, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or physics)
  • Electro-optical sensor design and/or data analysis experience
  • Strong technical problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Technical aptitude and/or experience with data analysis and understanding of physical measurements
  • Experience with programming in Python, and/or MATLAB
  • Ability to effectively work both individually and within a team environment
  • Understanding of optical principles and optical systems
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to travel
  • Must be a US citizen and be able to obtain a US government security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD degree in a related technical field (e.g., electro-optical systems engineering, optical science, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or physics) 
  • Experience with electro-optical sensor design, systems requirements, and subsystems
  • Experience with visible and infrared detectors (CCD, CMOS, microbolometer, InSb, HgCdTe, etc.)
  • Ability to perform radiometric/photometric modeling of electro-optical sensor systems in both the visible and the infrared spectrum
  • Interdisciplinary familiarity of systems including optical, electro-optical, electrical, software, and mechanical disciplines
  • Experience with spaceflight instrument/sensor development and testing


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EOE including Disability and Vet