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Sandia National Laboratories Laser/Optical Technologist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art concepts to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?

We are seeking a Laser/Optical Technologist to join our team. You will perform a variety of duties associated with the development, building, modifying, repairing, maintaining, aligning, evaluating, operating, of optical and electro-optical systems or components to support a wide variety of optical systems for customers and experiments supporting the centers missions.

In this role, you will:

  • Work in a laboratory or field setting.
  • Operate and maintain optical systems.
  • Monitor experiments.
  • Make and record observations to support the development.
  • Test scientific theories and high precision optical alignments on high consequence optical systems for our customers.
  • Support documentation efforts, including preparing information for scientific and engineering reports and publications.
  • Provide key support in the development of novel optical diagnostics and optical components and their implementation.

Required:

  • You have an AS or higher degree in optics related field

Desired:

  • Experience with Matlab, Python, and/or LabView programming and data acquisition hardware
  • Good mechanical assembly skills
  • Basic understanding of optical detectors and lasers
  • Proven reliability, teamwork, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with a minimum of supervision
  • Basic understanding of optical systems (how an image is formed, stops and pupils, F/#, wavelength, etc.)
  • Understanding of optical fabrication and alignment tolerances
  • Experience with optical testing including the use of interferometers, collimators, theodolites, spectrometers, and monchrometers
  • Optical component handling and cleaning
  • Laser alignment and testing skills
  • Experience in field test support

Department Description:

The optics and sensors engineering department conceives, designs, and builds new integrated sensor systems to solve national problems with remotely sensed data. To execute the sensor development lifecycle, the department utilizes core competencies in optics and sensor sciences, sensor system engineering, advanced modeling and simulation, and data exploitation. Typical activities completed by the department include:

  • The optics and sensors engineering department conceives, designs, and builds new integrated sensor systems to solve national problems with remotely sensed data. To execute the sensor development lifecycle, the department utilizes core competencies in optics and sensor sciences, sensor system engineering, advanced modeling and simulation, and data exploitation. Typical activities completed by the department include:
  • Mission-to-system trade-space evaluation and conceptual design
  • Optical design development
  • End-to-end sensor performance prediction
  • Development of sensor requirements
  • Optical alignment and test
  • Sensor development and characterization
  • Sensor system qualification

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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