Position Description

Staff Scientist, Optical Laser
Location Longmont, CO
Job Category Optical Engineering
Employment Duration Full Time
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Areté Associates, an employee-owned company, is a growing research and development firm recognized for contributing to national security objectives by supplying innovative solutions to challenging technical problems faced by the United States. Our Longmont, CO office has an immediate opening for a Staff Scientist, Optical LaserThis is an exempt non-supervisory full-time position.


Designs solid state laser systems; models and simulates laser performance; plans measurements, diagnostics and experiments; analyzes experimental data; validates theories on system performance through measurement and analysis; conducts research and development into lasers and electro-optical systems.  Develops and documents diagnostics and processes for laser system evaluation and fabrication.  Develops components specifications, tolerances, simulations and test procedures..

Primary responsibilities:

  • Prepares calculations, models, and simulations to predict solid state laser system performance
  • Analyzes collected experimental data to assess laser system performance[MJ1] 
  • Develops laser and optical system specifications
  • Works with manufacturing and engineering staff to support design
  • Assembles, aligns and tests lasers and optical system systems
  • Documents designs, procedures, and performance
  • Designs optical fixturing and tests to support laser alignment, construction and performance verification
  • Inspects optical component and systems.
  • Prepares and presents technical briefings.
  • Participates in design reviews and maintains documentation of resulting system design.
  • Prepares electrical and optical hardware for demonstrations and experiments.
  • Plans and executes field tests and demonstrations of prototype hardware electro-optical systems and components
  • Supports proposal preparation for new technical work
  • Additional duties as assigned

Required Qualifications & Experience:

Typical Education Experience: PhD, MS+5 years in one of the following areas: Physics, Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering.

  • A qualified candidate should have the following attributes:
  • Proficient theoretical understanding of laser physics and design approaches
  • Intellectual curiosity and desire for continuous learning
  • Quickly understands overall project objectives and selects best suited solutions
  • Skilled and innovative problem solver
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Strong work ethic
  • Detail oriented
  • Inquisitive and provides critical review of technical work by peers
  • Responsive to technical questions and review from peers and technical management
  • Comfortable in adapting to support a wide variety of roles to support different types of laser and lidar system development projects.
  • Proficient use of standard MS Office software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Proficient in use of standard electrical and optical test equipment operation (e.g. oscilloscopes, signal generators, laser sources, spectrometers, detectors, etc.).
  • Proficient in Labview, Matlab, Mathematica, or Python
  • Possesses basic understanding of optical detectors and radiometry
  • Capable of developing models and simulations of laser dynamics to support optical designs
  • Capable of developing code to process collected sensor data
  • Independently performs research of available literature to fill in knowledge gaps as needed
  • A qualified candidate will be expected to learn optical and electrical fabrication methods and techniques needed to support specific Arete development programs and low rate production of optical systems. 

Preferred Qualifications & Experience:

Overall Work Environment

Standard Office Environment.

• Standard laboratory environment utilizing lasers and optical equipment.

• Clean room fabrication environment (requiring clean room garments)

• Occasional outdoor field testing may be required.

Physical Demands

Support of outdoor field tests.

• Occasional lifting of hardware will be required

• Occasional travel required

Equipment Used


• Class 4 Lasers

• Optical Systems, Sensors, Spectrometers, Lidar systems

• Oscilloscopes, timing systems, DAQs, Cameras, lasers

Areté Associates offers an excellent compensation and a full benefits package.  U.S. citizenship, background screen and drug test are required to meet position eligibility.  Please submit your resume on-line at:  http://www.arete.com

  Areté Associates is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact a Arete Associates Human Resources Representative.


Areté will consider for employment-qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.


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