Employment Opportunities - Optical Sciences Division
Code 5600

Current Openings

Openings frequently occur in the following areas. Please contact the Division Superintendent, Ronald Driggers for more information.

Physicist/Electrical Engineers: The research includes design and modeling, device fabrication, and testing of optical components for application to microwave and RF systems, optical communication systems, imaging systems, and fiber optic sensor systems. Devices include optical modulators and demodulation techniques, high power and high linearity photodetectors, optical amplifiers, low noise high power lasers, state-of-the-art focal plane arrays, light weight high performance optical systems, advanced lasers, and image compression/decompression/processing.

Physicist/Optical Scientist: To work in the areas of free space optical communications, semiconductor optoelectronics, optical applications of nanoscience, novel optical materials (including metamaterials and materials for outside the visible spectrum), optical MEMS, the transport of cold atoms, optical signal processing and organic optical materials. Interests are the development of modulators, optical systems and interrogators, avalanche photodiodes, new laser concepts, and coherent and incoherent transmitters and detection schemes.

About the Optical Sciences Division

The Optical Sciences Division carries out a variety of research, development, and application-oriented activities in the generation, propagation, detection, and use of radiation in the wavelength region between nearultraviolet and far-infrared wavelengths. The research, both theoretical and experimental, is concerned with discovering and understanding the basic physical principles and mechanisms involved in optical devices, materials, and phenomena. The development effort is aimed at extending this understanding in the direction of device engineering and advanced operational techniques. The applications activities include systems analysis, prototype system development, and exploitation of R&D results for the solution of optically related military problems. In addition to its internal program activities, the Division serves the Laboratory specifically and the Navy generally as a consulting body of experts in optical sciences. The work in the Division includes studies in quantum optics, laser physics, optical waveguide technologies, laser-matter interactions, atmospheric propagation, optical technology, holography, optical warfare, optical data processing, fiber-optic sensor systems, optical systems, optical materials, radiation damage studies, IR surveillance and missile seeker technologies, IR signature measurements, optical recording materials, and optical diagnostic techniques. A significant portion of the effort is devoted to developing, analyzing, and using special optical materials. Various field measurement programs on optical problems of specific interest are also conducted.