Space Optical Instrument Lead | John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Date Posted: 
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Position Location: 
Laurel, MD
Job Description: 
  • Status: Open
  • Status DetailsSourcing
  • Requisition TypeProfessional
  • Hired Candidates0 out of 1


  • RecruiterGarcia, Bryant
  • Hiring ManagerMastandrea, Andrew
  • Employee StatusRegular
  • Job LevelIndividual Contributor
  • ShiftDay
  • Education LevelBachelor's Degree
  • Primary Mission AreaCivil Space
  • Program Mgmt Level of PositionNone
  • Background Check RequiredCriminal
  • ClassificationAB - Sr. Professional Staff I
  • Tech/AdminTechnical Professional
  • ScheduleFull-time
  • TravelNo
  • Type of Candidate SoughtExperienced
  • Line Mgmt Level of PositionNone
  • Security Clearance RequiredSecret
  • Alternate ClassificationAC - Sr. Professional Staff II

Description - External

Introduction: The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Space Optical Instrument Lead.

Job Summary: The successful candidate will lead all aspects of space optical instrument development, take the lead in Optical Instrument proposal writing, and will be the technical point of contact with the sponsor for current and future optical instruments.


  1. Lead the development of all aspects of space-based optical instrument including optical, mechanical, electrical, and thermal designs. (65%)
  2. Lead / oversee instrument Integration and test, qualification, and calibration. (25%)
  3. Technical point of contact of the instrument development with the sponsor. (5%)
  4. Lead the engineering aspects of space instrument proposals. (5%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Qualifications - External Required Qualifications:

  • BS Physics or Optics or equivalent in a discipline related to remote sensing (e.g. Engineering Physics, Astronomy).
  • >5 years experience in developing optical instrumentation.
  • The ability to perform radiometric and SNR calculations and have knowledge of detectors from the visible to the MWIR.
  • Experience in both Lead/System Engineer roles and in writing proposals.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team in a development environment. Desired Qualifications:
  • MS Physics or Optics or equivalent in a discipline related to remote sensing.
  • 10+ years experience in developing optical instrumentation with some of that time being in space optical instruments.
  • Experience with some optical design tools (e.g. Zemax, FRED, TracePro, Code-V) and mechanical design tools (e.g. ProE).

Security: Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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