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Arete Associates Engineer 1, Optical Systems in Tucson, Arizona

Engineer 1, Optical Systems


Tucson, AZ

Job Category

Optical Engineering

Employment Duration

Full Time

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Areté, 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 Tucson, AZ office has an immediate opening for an Engineer 1, Optical Systems reporting directly to the Senior Engineer, Optical Systems. This is an exempt non-supervisory full-time position.

The candidate will be responsible for designing, modeling, integrating, and testing optical sensor systems including vis/EO and IR cameras, LiDAR systems, and optical test equipment. Specifically, the candidate will develop test software (LabVIEW/Python) for control of prototype EO systems, test automation, and flight testing. Candidates will work in conjunction with mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software and systems engineers, to provide integrated design solutions for Areté’s customers. Candidate’s responsibilities will also include assisting with requirements development, concept and detailed design, presentation to customer at SRR, PDR, CDR, assembly, integration, and field testing.


  • Develop and apply electro-optic/imaging sensor performance models

  • Optical sub-system and system level testing, including test design, automation and reporting

  • Interact with system designers, sensor designer, and suppliers to improve hardware

  • Present results to other staff and customers

  • May support outdoor field tests with occasional travel

  • Analyze data, algorithms, and their interaction to improve algorithm performance


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in optical engineering, physics or immediately related discipline

  • Strong education in fundamental optics; including the Fourier transform, beam propagation, radiometry/Etendue, imaging, etc.

  • Intellectual curiosity and desire for continuous learning

  • Understanding of optical systems, light propagation, radiometry, MTF testing, lasers

  • Experience building applications in LabVIEW for hardware testing

  • Experience with scientific programming in Matlab, Python, or similar languages

  • Agility to work multiple potentially disparate projects simultaneously

  • Strong analytical skills demonstrated through in depth physics based modeling and data analysis

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and collaborate on small teams

  • US citizenship


  • 0 to 5 years of experience in an optical engineering role

  • Remote sensing systems (visible, IR, lidar)

  • Zemax or similar optical design software

  • Airborne imaging

  • Active security clearance

Areté offers an excellent compensation and a full benefits package. U.S. citizenship, background screen and drug test are required to meet position eligibility. Submit your resume on-line at:

Areté 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 Arete 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.