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Optical Engineer, Laser

Company: Aret--
Location: Lafayette
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

At Aret--, we are on the forefront of utilizing innovative solutions, with great minds from all backgrounds, to help solve the nation's most complex security challenges. We strive for an inclusive, collaborative team environment that approaches differences as opportunities for innovation and excellence. As an employee-owned company, we foster an atmosphere that propels diverse career opportunities and professional growth.
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Arete is on the lookout for an Optical Engineer, Laser. This role is crucial in the design and construction of solid-state and fiber laser systems. The responsibilities involve modeling and simulating laser performance, orchestrating measurements and diagnostics, and gathering critical performance data. This role also demands the analysis of experimental data to validate system performance theories. A significant part of the job includes conducting research and development in lasers and electro-optical systems. The Optical Engineer will be expected to develop and document diagnostics and processes for laser system evaluation and fabrication, and to develop component specifications, tolerances, simulations, and test procedures. This position is vital as a principal investigator for DoD research and development projects and requires the submission of technical proposals for these programs. This position is based in our Niwot, CO office and may require some travel to other program sites, as needed. This is an exempt non-supervisory full-time position.
Primary responsibilities:

  • Drives technical research for laser and sensor development programs.
  • Manages proposals for pursuits of new science and technology business.
  • Prepares calculations, models, and simulations to predict solid state laser system performance.
  • Analyzes collected experimental data to assess laser system performance.
  • Develops laser and optical system specifications.
  • Works with manufacturing and engineering staff to support design.
  • Assembles, aligns, and tests lasers and optical system systems.
  • Documents designs, procedures, and performance
  • Designs optical fixturing and tests to support laser alignment, construction, and performance verification.
  • Inspects optical component and systems.
  • Prepares and presents technical briefings.
  • Participates in design reviews and maintains documentation of resulting system design.We have an impressive range of benefits, programs, and perks that we offer:
    Generous PTO and Leave Times
    • Flextime Scheduling
    • Bereavement
    • Paid Time Off (PTO)
    • Paid Parental LeaveFinancial Benefits
      • 401K Retirement Plan Contribution
      • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
      • Continuing Education Funds Health, Medical, and Wellness Benefits
        • Medical Insurance
        • Dental & Vision Insurance
        • Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability (LTD)
        • Vision Reimbursement Qualities We Look For
          • Creativity
          • Integrity
          • Passion
          • Responsiveness
          • CollaborationExperiences and Background We Look For:
            • PhD or MS+5 years in one of the following areas: Physics, Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering.
            • Proficient theoretical understanding of laser physics and design approaches
            • Demonstrated capability in hardware build and test
            • Experience in the execution of DoD funded research and development programs
            • Appreciation of both technical and business constraints for development projects
            • Intellectual curiosity and desire for continuous learning
            • Entrepreneurial
            • Quickly understands overall project objectives and selects best suited solutions
            • Skilled and innovative problem solver
            • Works well independently and as part of a team
            • Inquisitive and provides critical review of technical work by peers
            • Responsive to technical questions and review from peers and technical management
            • Comfortable in adapting to support a wide variety of roles to support different types of laser and Lidar system development projects.
            • Proficient use of standard MS Office software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
            • Proficient in use of standard electrical and optical test equipment operation (e.g. oscilloscopes, signalgenerators, laser sources, spectrometers, detectors, etc.).
            • Proficient in Matlab, Mathematica, Python, COMSOL, or LabView
            • Possesses basic understanding of optical detectors and radiometry
            • Capable of developing models and simulations of laser dynamics to support optical designs
            • Capable of developing code to process collected sensor data
            • Independently performs research of available literature to fill in knowledge gaps as neededNice to Have-
              • Standard laboratory environment utilizing lasers and optical equipment.
              • Clean room fabrication environment (requiring clean room garments)
              • Previously supported outdoor field tests.
              • Computers Experience working in an ISO9000 or AS9100 production facilityThe salary range for this role is $120,000 to $170,000; however, Arete considers several factors when extending an offer of employment, including but not limited to: the position and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, and key skills.
                Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2024. However, we reserve the right to extend or shorten this deadline as necessary to find the best candidate for our team.
                Other Requirements
                U.S. citizenship is required to meet position eligibility.
                Selected applicants will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
                Successful passage of a criminal background screen is required to meet position eligibility. Aret-- will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.
                Successful passage of a Department of Transportation (DOT) drug test is required to meet position eligibility.
                Other Considerations
                As the health and safety of employees continues to be a priority, Aret-- encourages employees to remain current on their COVID-19 vaccinations. Employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042.
                Aret-- is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
                If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our website because of your disability. To request an accommodation, please contact Aret-- Human Resources at for assistance.PandoLogic. Category:Engineering, Keywords:Optical Engineer, Location:Lafayette, CO-80026

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