Senior Optical Research Engineer


On Site
Full Time


Research and Development
Optical design
Data Analysis
Technical communication
Life sciences
Life insurance
Personal development
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Job Details

The Advanced Optics R&D group at CFD Research is on a mission to revolutionize optical systems for commercial and Department of Defense (DoD) applications. We focus on advancing infrared imaging systems and sensors using innovative technologies based on nanostructured optical materials, such as metamaterials and metasurfaces. CFD Research seeks candidates interested in moving beyond conventional optical design and analysis to be part of a team dedicated to unlocking the future of optics. Together, we'll explore new frontiers and create optical technologies with real-world impacts.

Job Responsibilities/Opportunities:
u2022 Design, develop, and characterize advanced infrared imaging and sensing prototypes.
u2022 Assist with customer discovery efforts and lead the generation of new optical system concepts based on feedback
u2022 Work collaboratively as a member of a research and development team and manage projects with internal and external stakeholders
u2022 Present research findings, write technical reports, and contribute to proposals and scientific publications.
u2022 Learn and grow under the mentorship of top scientists and engineers in the optics and nanophotonics field.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree (PhD, or MS with 2+ years of relevant experience) in Engineering, Physics, or related field
  • Experience with optical design tools such as ZEMAX, CODE V, and FRED.
  • Proficiency in scripting languages and data analysis tools such as MATLAB and Python.
  • Experience designing optical systems (especially ones with diffractive optical elements) and building measurement setups to characterize these systems.
  • Proficiency in optics including imaging, radiometry, physical and geometric optics, and polarization.
  • Knowledge of computational electromagnetic methods such as FDTD and RCWA is a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal and technical communication skills.

Location: This role is based in the Huntsville, AL area, and is 100% onsite.

About CFD Research: Since its inception in 1987, CFD Research has been a technology leader in engineering simulations and innovative designs. CFD Research has worked with government agencies, businesses, and academia to provide innovative solutions within the Aerospace & Defense, Biomedical & Life Sciences, and Energy & Materials industries. CFD Research has earned multiple national awards for successful application and commercialization of innovative technology prototypes, multi-physics simulation software, multi-disciplinary analyses, and expert support services. CFD Research's impressive three-year growth rate was high enough to recognize the company in the Inc. Magazine's 5000 for the second year in a row.

Benefits: CFD Research offers competitive salaries and excellent employee benefits, including an employer matching 401(k) and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). CFD Research offers a highly competitive insurance package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance. We offer company paid leave, compensation time, parental leave, long-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment, and life insurance. Performance appraisals occur twice a year and annual pay increases are based upon corporate goals, personal development, performance, and outstanding achievements. In addition, group and individual bonuses are awarded for exceptional performance.

CFD Research is an EO employer - Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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