Laser Scientist or Engineer – Free-Space Optical Communication

Job Description

The scientist will be a team contributor to the Air Force Research Laboratories Strategic Atomic Navigation Devices and Systems (SANDS) group and will assist in the development of optical clocks and free-space optical two-way time transfer. The selected individual will support efforts in the fabrication and evaluation of sophisticated fiber optical systems and provide expertise in free-space optical communications.

Essential Functions: 

  • - Operating complex fiber optical equipment, specifically:

  • -- Optical fiber splicing

  • -- Maintain fiber optical frequency combs

  • -- Advance time-transfer technology

  • - Development of a robust, free-space two-way optical time transfer system

  • -- Model turbulent free-space beam propagation

  • -- Design laser communication systems using modern techniques and protocols

  • -- Develop optical steering and pointing systems

  • -- Assist in field testing optical time-transfer systems

  • - Generation of PowerPoint presentations and reports detailing key research findings

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Education and Experience: 

  • - Ph.D. degree in optics, physics, or a related field from an accredited university

  • - At least 2 years of experience with ultra-fast or CW fiber laser systems

  • - Experience with free-space laser communication systems

  • - Good organizational skills and ability to work independently, seeking support from team
      members when required

  • - U.S. Citizen able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Defense Clearance

Preferred Education and Experience: 

  • - Experience with optical frequency combs, laser control systems, digital electronics, time/
      frequency measurement or control

  • - Proficiency with PYTHON or similar

  • - Current Secret DoD Clearance or higher

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are nominally Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be required.

Primary Location: 

Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM

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