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CACI International Senior Optical Investigator in Florham Park, New Jersey

Senior Optical Investigator

Job Category: Engineering

Time Type: Full time

Minimum Clearance Required to Start: None

Employee Type: Regular

Percentage of Travel Required: Up to 10%

Type of Travel: Continental US

What You’ll Get to Do:

CACI is looking for a Senior Optical Investigator to join our NSIS (National Security & Innovative Solutions) division, supporting our photonics team-- we are expanding! Our laser communications technology is helping NASA provide high-definition video from the International Space Station, and to explore asteroids 250 million miles away. Our other optical technology can also help scientists discover biohazards; support intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions; and protect soldiers from explosive devices. Do you have a passion for innovation? Apply now and join the team!

More About the Role:

  • Lead the optical design for programs that develop new photonic technology and custom hardware for free-space optical communications, laser transmitters for remote sensing, RF photonics, and other applications.

  • Support the growth of the LGS photonics team by contributing new ideas for the technical growth of our organization, championing our technology in personal interactions with customers, and proposal creation.

  • Using both commercial and internally-developed tools, model key phenomena as needed for optical design work, often including a combination of rare-earth amplifier physics, light propagation in optical fibers or integrated optical circuits, and nonlinear optics.

  • Work closely with electrical and mechanical engineering colleagues to derive physical and electronics requirements from optical performance requirements.

  • Supervise and direct the work of both technicians and less senior optical engineers in the development, modeling, and testing of optical systems.

  • Work closely with the flight hardware fabrication team to develop appropriate build and test procedures.

  • Interact extensively with Government customers, during formal program reviews and throughout the program lifecycle, to negotiate requirements, present detailed technical status updates, and to identify new business opportunities.

  • Develop accurate estimates of resources and task intervals for program managers, and track and meet schedule milestones and cost objectives.

  • Obtain/retain a government security clearance at the level required to perform the duties of the position.

You’ll Bring These Qualifications:

  • PhD in optics, physics, or a related field and a minimum of 5 years of additional related experience, or, Master’s degree and a minimum of 8 years related experience.

  • Experience with one of more of the following: fiber optics, fiber lasers, high-power bulk lasers, optical communications, nonlinear optics, ultrafast lasers, spectroscopy, integrated photonics, and RF photonics.

  • Must be a US Citizen- able to obtain a Secret clearance once started.

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

  • PhD in optics, physics, or a related field.

What We Can Offer You:

  • We’ve been named a Best Place to Work by the Washington Post.

  • Our employees value the flexibility at CACI that allows them to balance quality work and their personal lives.

  • We offer competitive benefits and learning and development opportunities.

  • We are mission-oriented and ever vigilant in aligning our solutions with the nation’s highest priorities.

  • For over 55 years, the principles of CACI’s unique, character-based culture have been the driving force behind our success.

Company Overview: At CACI, you will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact by providing information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers. CACI is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

As required by Executive Order 14042, Federal contractor employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before starting employment with CACI.