Senior Optical Engineer/Researcher | Optonicus

Date Posted: 
Friday, March 2, 2018
Position Location: 
Dayton, OH
Job Description: 

JOB TYPE:  Employee, Full-Time


Optonicus is currently seeking a Senior Optical Engineer/Researcher responsible for continuous development of new products primarily in the area of fiber optics. The ideal candidate will contribute to the optical design of fiber-based lasers and will join our optical research and development team. The candidate will execute and lead experimental research in broad areas of atmospheric optics and active/adaptive optical systems for atmospheric imaging and beam projection. Responsibilities include management of customer projects, plans, reports, and development of new proposals.


  • Degree (PhD. preferred) in physics, optics, or an equivalent field, with more than five years of experience working in an optics lab environment;
  • Experience with experimental electro-optics hardware, including lasers, detectors, testing equipment, optical and fiber-optics components;
  • Experience in the integration and performance evaluation of complicated opto-electronic systems;
  • Knowledge and experience in interfacing of optical sensors (photo-detectors, CCDs, etc.) and controllable modules (beam steering mirrors, gimbals, etc.) with computers;
  • Knowledge of atmospheric and adaptive optics, wave propagation, wavefront sensing and control techniques;
  • Understanding the impact of environmental distortion factors (e.g. jitter, atmospheric turbulence, noise) on the performance of atmospheric optics and imaging systems;
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers/engineers, plan a technology roadmap, write reports, proposals, prepare and lead presentations and meetings;
  • Perform computer simulations and evaluate optical/opto-mechanical specifications;
  • Proven record in managing R&D projects;
  • US citizenship or permanent resident.


  • Proficiency in programming languages (e.g. MATLAB, LabView, and/or C++) to analyze data or to model system performance.
  • Experience in a leadership role of technology or product development, from initial design to testing.
  • Knowledge of various fiber types (advantages and disadvantages), and their use.
  • Experience with high-power fiber laser design, prototyping and fabrication; knowledge of high-power measurement and characterization techniques.
  • Proven ability to independently define opto-electronic measurement procedures, set up and perform required measurements, evaluate results and ability to communicate conclusions to peer engineers and management.
  • Experience with optical non-linear processes (SPM, SBS, Raman, etc.) and recognizing the onset of non-linear effects and ways to mitigate.
  • Excellent communication skills and working knowledge with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other MS Office programs.
  • Experience with optical measurement instruments: beam parameters analyzers, power meters, auto-correlators, fast opto-electronics, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers/spectrometers, and scanning interferometers.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Expertise in optical design software (e.g. Zemax, FRED).


Optonicus is a high technology company, located in Dayton, Ohio, working in the emerging technology areas of atmospheric sensing and imaging, adaptive optics, optical communications, coherent beam combining, laser target tracking, directed energy, and numerical performance analysis of atmospheric optics systems. Optonicus is focused on the research, development, and marketing of intelligent optical systems used by commercial and government organizations and has recently been awarded several new government contracts. Optonicus continues to research in several new development areas with a roadmap to deliver future commercial products. In addition to great pay and benefits, Optonicus offers a friendly and fun environment, with the opportunity to grow within the company.


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