Lead, Optical Systems Engineer

Harris   •  

Fort Wayne, IN

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


8 - 10 years

Posted 64 days ago

This job is no longer available.

Job Description:

The primary role of this position is to provide Optical Systems Engineering expertise to Harris space-based programs. Harris on-orbit imaging and sensing systems operate in the visible and infra-red region of the spectrum.

The Optical Systems Engineer will be part of a highly skilled multi-expertise technical team. The position provides critical support to our Fort Wayne team and on-site support to high-technology American and Canadian suppliers. Travel is estimated to be 10-20%.

This position will provide key engineering products, such as:

  • Perform and coordinate system-level Optical hardware and process trades with Harris and Supplier teams to arrive at mutually agreeable spec-compliant solutions to technical problems.
  • Definition, Design, Development and Performance Verification of Refractive/Reflective Telescopes, Optical Coatings, Detectors, Processes, and Components resulting in Delivery of Quality Products meeting our Customer's Requirements
  • Optical budgets and sensitivities including wave-front error, MTF, line of sight, stray-light, SNR, SWAP, glint, spectral tuning/splitting, polarization, phase retrieval, image simulation, and radiometric calculations.
  • Creating and Managing Optical and Radiometric requirements and specifications for systems, assemblies, and components.
  • Hands-on test/review of data, materials and components to verify compliance to specifications


  • Bachelor degree in Optics, Systems Engineering, Physics, or related field with 9 years of HW design experience or an advanced degree with 7 years of design experience; or equivalent
  • 2 plus years working knowledge of Zemax, Code V, FRED, and DOORS
  • 2 plus years experience in Systems requirements management (ex. performance verification, requirements allocation) for LEO/GEO environment

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Leadership capability working with 3-10 person teams focused on technical/cost/schedule optimization
  • Familiarity with ASAP and MatLab
  • TS/SCI Clearance capability