Deep Space Electro-Optical Observations Engineer

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, August 5, 2019
Archive Date: 
Monday, September 2, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Applied Optimization Inc.
Department Name: 
Space Sciences
Street Line 1: 
3040 Presidential Dr.
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Job Title: Deep Space Electro-Optical Observations Engineer

Reports to: Space Team Lead

FLSA Status: Full-Time (Exempt)

Position Description:

  • Applied Optimization is an engineering R&D firm performing day and night observations of the sky in the visible and infrared wavelengths, along with archiving, processing, and analyzing the collected data.
  • This is a challenging position with direct hands-on responsibility for operating and maintaining telescopes, astronomical instrumentation, lasers, and observatory monitoring equipment, such as a weather station.
  • Successful candidate must be a meticulous, detail-oriented individual who brings consistent quality and reliability to the collection and archiving of experimental results.
  • This position is a key component of an interdisciplinary research and development team that collects data to analyze and implement next generation scientific algorithms in the area of space science and atmospheric research.

Essential Functions:

  • Operates and maintains the telescopes and instrumentation including computer systems
  • Conducts experiment planning and data collection
  • Conducts data reduction and processing
  • Coordinates and trains a small team of aircraft spotters, laser and telescope operators, and data processors
  • Conducts effective and efficient customer relations that include regular meetings, status updates, and technical reports
  • Maintains and operates a laser system for research
  • Provides general support services, as required
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with a consistently superior academic record in physics, astronomy, or other similar field of study
    • Possess knowledge of basic scientific principles and problem solving skills normally obtained through a curriculum for a Bachelor’s degree
  • Interest in and possess a basic and/or amateur knowledge of astronomy
  • Ability to work well independently and without close supervision
  • Ability to consult with senior scientists to maximize the scientific results of the experiments
  • Ability to operate scientific instrumentation, and collect, calibrate, and record data
  • Ability to analyze data and compile meaningful results into presentations and reports
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office suite
  • Physically capable of working different shifts and performing tasks in and around observatories
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail and effective time and schedule management skills
  • Ability to adapt within a small team to support evolving customer requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of computers and digital recording of sensor data, such as CCDs
  • Aptitude in electronics and computers
  • Familiarity with Windows OS and Linux OS (Ubuntu)
  • Aptitude with a programming language, preferably Python, C++, C#, and/or SQL
  • Optics laboratory experience
  • Familiarity with Government property accountability procedures

Citizenship/Security Clearance Requirements:

  • U.S. green card holder or U.S. citizen
  • May be required to obtain and maintain US Government Security Clearance
Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$60000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$90000.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
moving expenses available; educational assistance
Included Benefits: 

Benefits at Applied Optimization Inc. include holiday and personal time; health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; educational assistance; a 401(k) retirement savings plan; and Health Savings Account (HSA). The current benefit amounts for full time employees (40 hours/week) are described below (subject to change at company discretion.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 6, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, September 20, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Lanie Weaver
Recruitment and Business Process Coordinator
Applied Optimization Inc.
Department Name: 
Human Resources
Street Line 1: 
3040 Presidential Dr.
Zip/Postal Code: 
United States of America
937-431-5100 ext 101
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Lanie Weaver
Deep Space Electro-Optical Observations Engineer