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Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) is a private technology company that designs, develops and operates space camera systems. The Camera Systems Group (CSG) seeks an Optics Engineer with experience designing visible, infrared, and UV optics for camera systems, managing optics subcontracts, developing and executing optical calibration and metrology procedures, and solving difficult optics measurement problems.

The Optics Engineer is responsible for working with Project Managers, Systems Engineers, and customer teams to specify and scope optics designs per mission requirements; identifying and helping to solve design challenges associated with the harsh environments of launch and operation in interplanetary space and during encounters with celestial bodies for both robotic and human spaceflight. The Optics Engineer manages subcontracts for optical parts, materials, coatings, and assemblies and is responsible for the definition and execution of optical calibration plans for verification of mission requirements.

Essential Functions

  • Optical systems engineering and analysis to define an optics prescription that meets mission requirements
  • Generation of optical performance specifications and statements of work for optical subcontracts
  • Optics conceptual designs for proposal work
  • Subcontract management for detailed optical design
  • Management of glass availability through production lifecycle
  • Design for athermalization and stray light minimization
  • Structural-Thermal-Optical-Performance (STOP) Analysis
  • Hands-on opto-mechanical assembly and qualification, including assembly procedure development, alignment and process improvement
  • Write and execute calibration plans to verify mission requirements, including but not limited to focus/MTF, flat field imaging, radiometry and spectral response, distortion/camera models, boresight alignment
  • Leads and/or participates in preliminary and critical design reviews

Non-Essential Functions

  • Perform other duties as required which may become essential functions.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics; Masters or PhD preferred
  • Must have familiarity with optical design tools, such as ZEMAX or CODE V
  • Familiarity with optics assembly techniques for space-based optical systems
  • Experience with radiation-hardened optical design
  • Experience with collimation measurement techniques
  • Experience with laser interferometric measurement of wavefront error
  • Experience with radiometric calibration
  • Knowledge of visible and infrared sensor physics and performance limitations
  • Experience with boresight alignment and metrology
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, capable of clearly explain technical issues and ideas to peers, management, and customer representatives

Physical Requirements
Must be able to comprehend and communicate complex technical and engineering concepts. Must be able to remain in a stationary position while operating a computer for prolonged periods of time. Ability to work and move around in a cleanroom environment, wearing required outer garments including smock/coveralls, shoe covers, mask, hood and gloves. Moves in and around a lab space. Ability to handle high stress levels in connection with multiple conflicting priorities and deadlines. High tolerance for ambiguity and shifting expectations. Strong analytical and organizational skills with ability to prioritize workload.

The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily and, if requested, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job, absent undue hardship. The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


MSSS is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer