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Electro-Optical (EO) Engineering Intern

Applied Optimization (AO) Job Description


Job Title: Electro-Optical (EO) Engineer Intern                Reports to: Space Team Lead

FLSA Status: Part-Time (Non-Exempt)                             Department: Space Science


Position Objective:

  • Support research and development activities for atmospheric turbulence profiling using a Rayleigh laser beacon and atmospheric sensing system with a Shack Hartmann sensor array.
  • Coordinate activities with respect to the diverse team of scientists and engineers working on the project.
  • Support the design, integration, and testing of custom telescopes with a team of engineers and astronomers.
  • Operate and maintain AO’s Optics Lab and support laboratory activities, including but not limited to optical alignment, calibrating equipment, and equipment inventory.


Essential Functions:

  • Design, model, analyze, and test optical and electro-optical/photonics systems using commercial, off-the-shelf hardware.
  • Prepare technical documentation on E-O systems including reports, manuals, and procedures.
  • Conduct research and development in complex optical systems using pulsed and CW lasers; apply the research to achieve required optical system performance.
  • Develop system and component specifications, tolerances, simulations, and test procedures; modeling/optimization of sensor performance in optical conditions.
  • Conduct or oversee opto-mechanical system design, test, and installation.
  • Develop alignment and test plans and procedures for developed/installed systems.
  • Troubleshoot alignment of optical systems in place for research; provide error analysis, analyze test data, and produce written optical system technical reports.
  • Other duties may include:
    • Provide leadership in the selection of small-business research proposals to the DoD.
    • Write and submit research proposals.
    • Provide liaison to academic communities providing electro-optical and photonic research support of atmospheric research using a Rayleigh beacon.
    • Support field experiments conducted during both working hours and off hours at remote sites near Dayton, Ohio.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum: MS candidate in Optical, Electro-Optical, or related field
  • Desired: PhD candidate/graduate in Electro-Optics/Photonics
  • Experience/proficiency with Zemax or other ray tracing software
  • Knowledge of fielded E-O systems, particularly telescopes
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Results oriented with a sense of urgency
  • Good interpersonal skills, team player, ability to work well with others and establish effective relationships throughout the organization
  • US citizen (preferred) or permanent resident pursuing citizenship
  • Ability to obtain security clearance


Citizenship/Security Clearance Requirements:

  • U.S. Person


About Our Internships:

Hours: The internship is a part-time, year-round position that requires a minimum of sixteen hours per week of work. The hours are flexible, and they can change from one quarter to another based on class schedule. The weekly hours can be adjusted to balance for the examinations, tests, and project submissions.


About Us:

Applied Optimization is a growing organization located in Fairborn, OH. We are an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive salary that is commensurate with qualifications and a comprehensive benefits package. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Find out more about us at


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