Electro- optical Engineer

KBR, Inc.

Huntsville, AL


Electro- optical Engineer


The Directed Energy Weapons Department at KORD is seeking an electro-optical engineer with experience working on directed energy (DE) laser weapon or similar systems. The ideal candidate possesses the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, with strong written and verbal communication and proficiency in analytical skills. The individual is also a motivated self-starter, and participant in professional and community activities. The ideal candidate will be technically sound and committed to innovative, cost-effective solutions for DE laser system development. The candidate will work with other engineers to support the design, development, integration, and verification of laser systems. Duties will include: developing laser system requirements; modeling, preparation, assembly, troubleshooting, installation and checkout; and test data reduction and analysis. The candidate will be an organized, objective, balanced decision maker, who supports technical reviews; creates optical testing layouts; and diagnoses technical issues and implements effective solutions.

Minimum of 10 years of experience with at least 3 years of experience with laser systems.

Experience in the development, integration, test and production of EO, IR and laser systems.

Industry knowledge of existing laser systems and research areas

Develop specifications, tolerances, and tests for fiber laser systems and have an appreciation of safety aspects and requirements of High Energy Laser systems

Ability to travel and work at government test facilities for periodic time frames

Design, assembly, integration and test of laser weapon system beam directors

Understanding of geometric optics

Working knowledge of contamination, cleaning processes, and impacts in laser systems

Metrology and common test equipment for laser alignment

Ability to independently set up and perform optical and laser system tests

An active, or ability to obtain, U.S. Security Clearance.

Desired Skills:

Ability to research and develop advanced laser concepts

Proficiency modeling, analyzing, and simulating laser system function and performance

Experience using ZEMAX, MATLAB, MODTRAN, HELCoMES, SolidWorks, NV-IPM, LabVIEW, CREO, and HELEEOS.

Perform end-to-end kill chain analysis

Combining lasers using spectral, spatial or coherent techniques

Experience with the verification of laser induced damage thresholds (LIDT) of high energy laser optics

Experience with control systems for beam direction and auto alignment

Industry knowledge of laser optic coatings and performance, including LIDT

Hands on experience with design, integration & test of laser weapon systems (greater than 5kW output)

Parametric modeling of spectral laser beam combination with diffraction gratings

Laser safety in accordance with ANSI Z136.1 or similar

Skilled with interferometers, wavefront sensors, and near-field, far-field and thermal imaging techniques

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or related field with emphasis on optics, optical engineering, or lasers.

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.