Senior Research Optical Scientist - 651867
Ball Aerospace & Tech Corp - Albuquerque, NM

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Who We Are:

Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace leads the way in designing, developing and manufacturing innovative aerospace systems. We take on some of the most complex and exciting challenges in the universe--from space and Earth science to national security and intelligence programs.

We produce spacecraft, instruments and sensors, RF and microwave technologies, data exploitation solutions, and a variety of advanced aerospace technologies and products. In addition, we pioneered the development of the commercial remote sensing market, producing spacecraft and imaging systems that helped spawn a market-driven demand for imagery.

Our success is built on more than products or systems. Our team of more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff drives all the achievements at Ball Aerospace. Whether contributing to a better understanding of the universe or helping keep our nation safe, our people bring their diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills together to achieve a common mission.

Ball Aerospace's Albuquerque office, located near Kirtland Air Force Base, primarily supports the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy and Space Vehicle Directorates, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Air Force.

Our Albuquerque employees specialize in providing solutions in directed energy research, experimentation, and analysis.

Systems Engineering Solutions provides technical and professional services to defense, intelligence, homeland security and space science markets.

Job Duties:

Senior Research Optical Scientist

This position is contingent upon program win.

What You’ll Do

Designs, develops and operates specialized instruments associated with the measurement of laser interactions with materials. Principal laser interactions of interest include transmission, scatter, and absorption on optical and aerospace materials under room temperature and dynamic heating loads. Successfully manage the completion of instrument development and measurement campaign projects through appropriate planning and coordination of assigned personnel. Conducts or arranges a wide variety of standard optical properties measurements though the use of in-house instruments or outside optical laboratories. Provides well written documentation on the design, operation, and maintenance of unique research instruments. Publishes research findings in technical memorandums, reports or conference proceedings. Provides guidance to more junior personnel or reviews their work for quality and accuracy. Able to learn and develop new skills. Develops procedures and follows Government-mandated laboratory safety and environmental protection rules and regulations. Support the development of new business for laboratory-related functions.

What You Need

Demonstrated proficiency as an experienced professional with the technical and management skills to lead research in the design, development and operation of specialized instruments associated with laser interactions with materials. Demonstrated expertise on optical-property measurements. Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills. Knowledgeable with industry standard and Government safety, occupational and environment rules and regulations. Experienced with standard laboratory equipment and operations.

Education: Bachelor’s in optics, physics, electrical engineering or similar discipline is strongly preferred plus 8 or more years of related experience. MS or PhD is strongly desired.

Clearance: Able to obtain Top Secret clearance.

Security Clearance:

Successful applicant for this position must be eligible to obtain a DoD clearance. A current DoD clearance is not required to be eligible for this position, however the successful applicant will be required to obtain a DoD clearance within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance.


Relocation: Relocation for this position is Available



In addition to the typical educational and experience requirements, a demonstrated capability to adequately perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the position and exhibit the skills and competencies of the grade level should be considered. Each higher level degree may substitute for two years of related experience. Related experience may be considered in lieu of education.

EEO Statement:


Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V