Optical Engineer | Areté Associates

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Position Location: 
Tucson, AZ
Job Description: 

Areté Associates conducts research, development and operational capability development across the technology spectrum for a wide range of national security and commercial customers.  Areté applies hard science to hard problems to develop innovative solutions.  We execute innovative analysis in sensors, lasers, and modeling.  We also conduct field tests of our products and manufacture a variety of components.  An employee-owned company, Areté offers an exciting and challenging work environment with highly competitive compensation levels, a full benefits package and significant advancement opportunities.  

Our Tucson, AZ office has an immediate opening for an Optical Engineer. This is an exempt non-supervisory full-time position. 

Primary Responsibilities:

Design, models, integrates, and tests optical sensor systems including vis/EO and IR cameras, LIDAR systems, and optical test equipment.  Develops test software for control of prototype EO systems, test automation, and flight-testing.  Works in conjunction with mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and software engineers, to provide integrated design solutions for Areté’s customers.  Responsibilities include assisting with requirements development, concept and detailed design, presentation to customer at SRR, PDR, CDR, assembly, integration, and field-testing

  • Develop and apply electro-optic/imaging sensor performance models
  • Analyze data, algorithms, and their interaction to improve algorithm performance
  • Sub-system and system level testing, including test design, automation and reporting
  • Interact with system and sensor designers to improve hardware
  • Present results to other staff and customers
  • May support outdoor field tests with occasional travel

 Required Qualifications & Experience:

 Bachelors, Master’s or PhD degree in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics

  • Understanding of optical systems, light propagation, radiometry, MTF testing
  • Experience building medium to large applications in LabVIEW for hardware testing
  • Experience with scientific programming in Matlab, Python, or similar languages
  • Agility to work multiple potentially disparate projects simultaneously
  • Strong analytical skills demonstrated through in depth physics based modeling and data analysis
  • Strong education in fundamental optics; including the Fourier transform, beam propagation, radiometry/Etendue, imaging, etc.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and collaborate on small teams
  • Intellectual curiosity and desire for continuous learning
  • US citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Remote sensing systems (visible, IR, lidar)
  • Zemax or similar optical design software
  • Airborne imaging
  • Active security clearance

Areté Associates offers an excellent compensation and a full benefits package.  U.S. citizenship, background screen and drug test are required to meet position eligibility. 

Areté Associates is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact a Arete Associates Human Resources Representative.

Areté will consider for employment-qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.


Please submit your resume on-line at:  http://www.arete.com