Optical Engineer | Genesis Engineering Solutions, Inc.

Date Posted: 
Monday, October 29, 2018
Position Location: 
Lanham, MD
Job Description: 

Requisition ID: 2018-5

Category (For Portal Searching): ENGINEERING Required Clearance to Start: Background check Reports to: Sr. Optical Engineer

Classification: Exempt

Salary range: Negotiable

Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Responsibilities and Duties:

The successful applicant will have duties that can involve the following areas

  • Work independently or with engineering teams to design, analyze and characterize space-based optical instrumentation.
  • Optical design of both reflective and refractive satellite-based optical systems.
  • Analysis of both in-field and out-of-field sources of stray light in the optical systems.
  • Flow-down of system level requirements to design based requirements.
  • Optical System Sensitivity Analysis and the development of Error Budgets for optical-mechanical systems
  • Estimate the “as-built” performance of optical systems in operating space-based environments.
  • Integrate optical based Ground Support Equipment into optical test environments.
  • Participate in the testing and analysis of optical-based systems in thermal vacuum tests simulating the environment of space.
  • Write and present technical based material to engineers both within and outside of your discipline.

Participate in weekly meetings as well as design reviews of space-based optical systems.


  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • A strong background in University level Physics, Optics, and engineering.
  • Familiarity with Optical Design/Analysis programs such as Code V, Zemax, FRED, TracePro…
  • A basic understanding of optical design, analysis, and radiometric principles.
  • Handle and work with optical elements such as mirrors, lenses, fiber optics, etc.
  • Operate basic optical instrumentation such as optical sources and spectroradiometers.
  • Some programming experience would be beneficial.
  • Ability to operate both independently and in team-based environments.
  • Pass a basic government background clearance.


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • 401K
  • Profit Sharing


Established in 1993, GES, Inc. has built a reputation for being on the “Genesis” of cutting-edge technologies coupled with engineering development. This innovation has led to the delivery of space flight hardware for some of NASA’s flagship missions such as the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), logistic supply to the International Space Station (ISS), and the company’s current participation with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to name a few. GES has been recognized by the Prince Georges TECH Council, winning Small Business Awards in 2006. NASA's Office of Small Business Programs awarded Genesis as GSFC's Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year 2011. The Aerospace Division has a rich history in which GES has protected over 150 critical parts into orbit for Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions, and has delivered hardware for NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO), GPM, MMS, ASTRO-H, and many other projects. Genesis is currently building flight electronic assemblies utilizing compact PCI connectors, and high-density ceramic column grid array (CCGA) and ball grid array (BGA) surface mount technology. Genesis’ Commercial Technologies Division is developing a Single Person Spacecraft (SPS) by 2020 for the purpose of servicing the ISS, space telescopes, and for asteroid exploration.

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We consider all applicants for positions without regard to sex, religion, race, color, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, national origin or genetic' information or any other similarly protected status. We also comply with all applicable laws governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of any unlawful criteria.

If you meet these qualifications and feel this will be a good fit for you, please apply by sending us a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter should help us get to know you in a way your resume doesn't.


Please send resumes to www.genesisesi.com, click on careers to apply.