Imaging Technology Branch, Optical Engineer | U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) Science and Technology Division

Date Posted: 
Monday, October 19, 2020

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Position Location: 
Fort Belvoir, VA
Job Description: 

NVESD is “the U.S. Army’s sensor developer.”  The research and development conducted, provides the Warfighter with advanced electro-optic and infrared sensor (EO/IR) technology.  The highly-trained engineers and scientists at NVESD procure both sensor and sensor suite technologies that support programs of record and U.S. Army Cross Function Teams (CRTs); such as Future Vertical Lift (FVL), Next Gen Combat Vehicle (NGCV), and Situational Awareness (SA).

An optical engineer at NVESD will undergo a wide variety of tasks that support the development and acquisition of U.S. Army sensor technologies.  These tasks include: working with the Warfighter to understand and derive requirements, review/create detailed optical designs, assess the manufacturability and cost of said design, and contribute to the overall life cycle for a given program.  Other essential job functions may include: in-house support of programs of other branches/divisions, conducting failure analyses of systems, conducting applied research in support of CFTs.


  • B.S., M.S., or PhD in Optical Engineering, or related engineering field.
  • Knowledge of optical design software such as Zemax or CodeV.
  • Knowledge of optomechanical concepts.
  • Knowledge of a coding software: MATLAB, Python, etc.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET level clearance.
  • Temporary Duty Travel may be required

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US citizens and permanent residents only


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