Optical Engineer | Safran Optics 1

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Job Description: 

At Optics 1 we are a community that cares about the mission of our customers. Our team believes in supporting and enriching our community through engagement; whether that means giving back to our troops, veterans and their families, investing in next generation innovators through STEM education, or higher education initiatives, giving back is an important part of who we are as a team. Optics 1, Inc. offers a full benefit package, plus a very competitive salary

The Optical Engineer  will join a team focused on the development of new optical products and sub-components for imaging systems, sensor solutions, laser devices, and displays. Group members contribute across multiple programs, participating in and often leading hands-on evaluation of prototype hardware, conducting data driven analysis, and providing design content (architecture, performance modeling, and lens design).  A position within this growing group represents a unique opportunity to gain exposure to a variety of defense related systems, develop cutting edge solutions together with a motivated team, and make a tangible impact throughout the product lifecycle. 


The Optical Engineer may contribute to activities including (but not limited to):

  • Optical System Modeling and Simulation: Use of tools such as NVIPM to determine ranges for detection, recognition and identification of specified targets. Use of custom math models for unique laser and detection systems. Conduct architectural trade studies and provide content to white papers / proposals.
  • Laboratory and Field Testing:  Hands-on testing of optical products and components during design / development (cameras, laser range finders, etc.). Laboratory measurements may include camera and laser sub-component properties. The engineer will utilize an array of instrumentation in well-equipped, continually evolving engineering labs.
  • Lens design:  Validation of flowed down requirements to the optical sub-system; design form selection; tolerance analysis to ensure a best value solution. Tools such as Zemax and FRED are most common.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering discipline (Optical, Electrical, Mechanical)
  • Optical Engineering degree or concentration preferred.
  •  Master’s degree in Optical Engineering or Optical Sciences preferred.
  • 0 to 5 years Optical or Optical System Engineering experience.
  • Experience with general engineering lab equipment, practices and test methodologies
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must work well and thrive in a deadline driven, fast paced environment.
  • Proactive attitude and ability to be creative in supporting daily challenges.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills while having the ability to be a team player.
  • Possess a willingness to learn and apply good engineering practices to a wide variety of tasks
  • Must be U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain secret level security clearance.
  • The ability to travel and interact with key users in the field and at Military Bases throughout the country. Candidate must be willing to travel US and abroad approximately 10% of the time


Proficiency in MS Office Suite of applications including Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project and 



While performing the aforementioned job duties, the employee mainly works in a professional office setting that is relatively quiet and has temperature control systems

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

EOE/AA/M/F/Vets – U.S. Protected Individual status required (U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, asylee, refugee or temporary resident (as defined at 8 USC 1160(a).

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.