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The MITRE Corporation Optical Sensor Engineer in Bedford, Massachusetts

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Department Summary:

MITRE’s Sensors, Electromagnetics and EW Department—within MITRE Labs’ Electronic Systems and Technologies Innovation Center is a broad and experienced team focused on designing, prototyping, evaluating, testing and fielding disruptive solutions in the following technology areas:

  • Satellite communications

  • Sensors (Radar, EO, IR, Hyperspectral, LiDAR)

  • Antennas

  • HF sensing and communications

  • Signal Processing and Algorithm Development

  • Electronic Warfare (EW)

We are looking to grow our team and are seeking highly talented and motivated candidates with strong technical skills in EO and IR sensors with experience related to optical systems, focal plane arrays, physical layer modeling, requirements development, test and image/signal processing.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and evaluate sensor requirements for both fielded and developmental systems

  • Foster and develop innovative, transformational solutions to sensing related challenges and capability gaps for both fielded and developmental systems

  • Utilize commercial optical simulation software packages to model sensor performance

  • Develop and utilize MATLAB code for sensor design development, test and evaluation, performance modeling

  • Participate in data collections and conduct experiments

  • Evaluate technologies, identify risks, and develop alternate solutions

  • Develop solutions to complex technical challenges in the areas of image/signal processing

  • Participate in MITRE Labs’ presence in peer-reviewed publications, patent submissions, and external conferences/workshops

  • Support work shaping and proposal development efforts to expand our work program into new areas

  • Engage in personal career and technical growth as well as the growth of others through mentoring, training, and collaboration

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS with at least 5 years of related experience in optical system design evaluation, test and requirements development

  • Strong MATLAB skills

  • Experience in using industry standard optical ray tracing software such as Ansys Zemax Optics Studio

  • Experience performing design engineering and testing for engineering or physics applications

  • Experience in physical layer modeling and data analysis

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical concepts simply and concisely, making needed connections, and bridging across domains as appropriate

  • Proven experience fostering collaboration

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate clearly in technical terms with both engineering staff and senior sponsor leadership

  • Strong writing and briefing skills

  • Capable of obtaining and maintaining a Top Secret security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in electrical engineering, math, or physics

  • Experience with LiDAR and/or multi/hyper-spectral sensing

  • Demonstrated experience in defining, building, and enhancing a strong technical work program

  • Holds a Top Secret/SCI Clearance

    This requisition requires the candidate to have a minimum of the following clearance(s):


This requisition requires the hired candidate to have or obtain, within one year from the date of hire, the following clearance(s):

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