Engineer or Scientist | Air Force Research Laboratory

Feb. 15, 2023

Location: Albuquerque, NM
US Citizens Only
POC: Carrie Noren
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The Air Force Research Laboratory, Laser Division is accepting applications for the position of Beam Control Scientist/Engineer for the Aero Effects and Beam Control Program, Technologies Branch (RDLT), Laser Division (AFRL/RDL) at Kirtland AFB, NM..$82,556-$161,018 (Annually/locality pay included)


Job Overview

This job announcement will be accepting candidate submissions until 13 February 2023.
Positions duties include, but are not limited to: 
  • Serves as a subject matter expert for high energy laser beam control technology development.
  •  Candidate will perform research to develop advanced sensing techniques to precisely track targets and focus laser beams through distributed-volume and aero-optic turbulence. 
  • Typical targets are hard-to-hit threats that lurk in cluttered backgrounds, have low optical signatures, or fly at extended ranges. 
  • Candidate will be responsible for defining, leading, and managing a diverse set of S&T areas to include beam control hardware development, adaptive optics, atmospheric propagation, tracking/beacon illuminators, and modeling and simulation efforts. 
  • Responsible for technical leadership, personnel development, and resource management as applied to a broad array of government assets.


Yes, this position is eligible for situational telework; as determined by agency policy

Remote Work (CONUS)

No, this position is not approved for remote work.

Required Qualifications

  • US Citizenship
  • Candidates are expected to have a strong educational background and/or experience in optical sciences, in particular: optical design, radiometry, laser systems, and Fourier optics.
  • Must be able to manage a laboratory, plan and conduct laboratory and outdoor tests, and develop and refine beam control hardware, software, and associated algorithms.   
  •  Education at the Ph.D. level is most appropriate; Ph.D. candidates, BS + 5 years, and MS +5 years can apply.
  •  Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance

Desired Qualifications

  •  Education and/or experience in some or all of the following: statistical optics, atmospheric propagation, high-speed controls systems, image processing, and deep learning
  •  Hands-on laboratory experience with electro-optic components
  •  Understanding of the relevant adaptive optics techniques to deal with aberrations imparted by atmospheric turbulence and aerodynamic effects on an airborne laser system platform
  •  Prior experience/expertise in any/all the following areas are also highly desired: Realtime wavefront sensing and reconstruction using traditional or novel techniques, object ID and tracking in non-pristine environments with either passive or active illumination, and lightweight gimbaled telescope design.
(Req No. 54192)