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Teledyne Principal (or Senior) Laser Systems Engineer in Billerica, Massachusetts

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Teledyne Technologies Incorporated provides enabling technologies for industrial growth markets that require advanced technology and high reliability. These markets include aerospace and defense, factory automation, air and water quality environmental monitoring, electronics design and development, oceanographic research, deepwater oil and gas exploration and production, medical imaging and pharmaceutical research.​

We are looking for individuals who thrive on making an impact and want the excitement of being on a team that wins.

Job Description

Job Summary:

Responsible for leading and performing technical projects & technology efforts which promote the advancement and maintenance of laser subsystems in Teledyne FLIR products. Provide leadership, engineering excellence, and support to project and product development teams in the area of laser subsystems that include rangefinders, designators, Laser spot detection & tracking, illuminators, pointers and related technologies. Define laser subsystem performance requirements and verify performance through analysis and testing. Initiate investigations to resolve technical performance issues. Support transfer of laser subsystems to manufacturing.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead and contribute to the development of new laser subsystems in the areas of concept definition, predictive performance modeling, laser safety product implementation architecture and prototype performance modeling and validation. Lead and/or contribute to all laser systems engineering efforts related to new product development.

  • Create specifications and define/refine requirements for laser subsystems with emphasis on performance and integration into sensor products. Flow down full product system specifications to laser subsystems.

  • Develop test setup for testing laser beam profile, boresight, range and spot detection, tracking and decoding (LST).

  • Characterize NIR and SWIR cameras for imaging and LST applications.

  • Responsible for laboratory testing and qualification of new laser subsystems. Develop test plans, direct test setup, perform data collection, analyze data, and document results.

  • Maintain the S&T Laser Laboratory. Oversee laboratory daily operations, maintenance, and work to improve lab capabilities.

  • Provide interdisciplinary design support. Provide systems engineering support and coordination for ensuring optical, mechanical, software, and electrical design conformance to requirements of the overall system. Work in conjunction with development teams to ensure that the design implementation will meet specification. Ensure smooth transition to manufacturing, including documentation and tools to build and test each product.

  • Provide business development support in the areas of new customer requirements analysis, laser performance modeling and fielding of technical inquiries. Maintain knowledge of new technologies in the laser industry which are potentially applicable to our product lines.

  • Make substantial contributions to technical presentations and technical reports, analysis, and proposals to customers. Lead and support systems efforts for SRR, PDR, CDR, TRR etc.

  • Provide laser systems engineering support to manufacturing, production and customer service groups as needed in support of existing products. Contribute to laser product upgrades and obsolescence replacement efforts. Take a leading role in troubleshooting technical problems.

  • Support EO/SWIR/IR/LWIR imaging sensor screening, design verification test, and qualification test

  • Mentor junior engineers. Author and/or make substantial contributions to technical papers. Participate in technical career development.

  • As requested, collaborate with other FLIR business units on laser-related projects to ensure the success of product rollouts. Collaborate on new laser-technology initiatives. Survey new laser payload technologies and support their integration into new products.

  • Perform the duties of the facility Laser Safety Officer (LSO), to lead facility adherence to appropriate safety standards. Be responsible for all laser NOHD safety calculations. Support laser FDA certification processes and exemptions management.

Job Qualifications:

  • BS in physics, engineering or optical science. MS preferred.

  • Proven direct experience of at least 8+ years ( Senior) or Principal ( 12 years) developing and/or implementing/testing laser-based systems, i.e, rangefinders, designators, illuminators, and pointers)

  • Proven related experience in infrared imaging sensing, laser spot detection, tracking, and optical systems engineering.

  • In-depth understanding of solid-state lasers and laser components. Working knowledge of laser test equipment and measurement methods.

  • Proven ability in both laser systems analytical modeling and extensive laboratory testing. Knowledge of laser safety protocols and NoHD calculations.

  • In-depth understanding of infrared sensoring and imaging systems or subsystems.

  • Good understanding or experience in upper level airborne, maritime, land, and handheld reconnaissance and surveillance systems needs for Laser range finders, designators, LSTs, illuminators and pointers

  • Working knowledge of laser test equipment and measurement methods.

  • Ability to work effectively with all technical professionals; technicians, engineers, scientists and consultants.

  • Ability to represent FLIR Systems in a wide range of business situations.

  • Excellent communication, technical writing and interpersonal skills.

  • Proven project leadership experience through several projects.

  • Ability to obtain a US Security Clearance.

Applicants must be either a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, legal permanent resident, asylee, refugee or must be eligible to apply for and obtain the appropriate export control license from the U.S. Departments of State or Commerce.


Teledyne and all of our employees are committed to conducting business with the highest ethical standards. We require all employees to comply with all applicable laws, regulations, rules and regulatory orders. Our reputation for honesty, integrity and high ethics is as important to us as our reputation for making innovative sensing solutions.

Teledyne is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age, or any other characteristic or non-merit based factor made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. ​

You may not realize it, but Teledyne enables many of the products and services you use every day .

Teledyne provides enabling technologies to sense, transmit and analyze information for industrial growth markets, including aerospace and defense, factory automation, air and water quality environmental monitoring, electronics design and development, oceanographic research, energy, medical imaging and pharmaceutical research.