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Group Leader – Photonics and EO/IR Subsystems

Malibu, CA, USA Req #126
Thursday, September 19, 2019

EDUCATION DESIRED: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related scientific discipline 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: The Photonics and EO/IR Subsystems Group of the Sensor and Electronics Lab at HRL Laboratories is a highly talented team of scientists and engineers with diverse backgrounds in both Active and Passive Components and Subsystems for high speed RF photonics, Lasercom, Lidar, Infrared Imaging, Optical Phased Arrays for commercial and government applications in an innovative research and development environment. We seek a self-motivated scientist / engineer with strong communication and leadership skills to serve as the Group Leader (first line manager) for the Photonics team. The role consists of roughly 25% management and 75% technical contributions. Line management duties include managing resources (e.g. allocating team personnel to projects), talent acquisition (e.g. recruiting), performance management through informal and formal feedback, and additional department-wide, lab-wide, and HRL-wide assignments (e.g. planning for capital investments), and providing critical feedback to staff. Technical contributions (through direct technical work and/or technical project leadership) should be aligned with the skills and capabilities of the team in one or more of the following areas of research: chip-scale photonic design of lidar and RF photonics subsystems, research on novel photonic components and subsystems to enhance RF and optical system performance, infrared imaging sensors, and participation with technical leadership and management to develop lab-wide strategies for photonic initiatives. Technical and managerial duties require candidate to present details of work to colleagues during design reviews, create and manage work plans to meet or exceed schedule deadlines, and provide written and oral summaries of work performed as needed (e.g. for reports). 

EXPERIENCE DESIRED: At least 2 years of experience in a role involving leadership of highly trained technical staff. Demonstrated experience with successful resource allocation and management of technical projects. More than 7 years of experience in one or more of the technical areas outlined above, preferably in a research and development environment.
Experience with free space optics, fiber optics, IR sensors, and microwave photonic systems design and experiments (optical sources and detectors, free-space optics, optical spectrum analyzers, power meters, fiber splicers, VNAs, spectrum analyzers, high speed oscilloscopes). Experience engineering quantum nonlinear photonic systems, e.g. entanglement sources and single-photon counting. Hands-on fabrication and processing experience of semiconductor materials for photonic devices a plus, i.e. Si, GaAs, InP, InAs, GaSb, GaN, InGaAs, InGaAsP, AlGaN, InAsSb and lithium niobate, including associated dielectrics and metals. Experience with data acquisition tools such as LabVIEW and Matlab. Test fixture design experience using CAD tools, such as AutoCAD and Inventor. Must have authored scientific publications and given technical presentations.

KNOWLEDGE DESIRED: In-depth knowledge of active and passive electro-optics device design, modeling, fabrication, packaging and testing. Solid knowledge of optoelectronic device physics, including ability to relate basic material and physical characteristics to device performance is essential. Detailed understanding of free-space optics, guided-wave optics, micro-optics, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), sub-wavelength optics, quantum optics and photonic crystals. In-depth knowledge of optical components and optical bench-top assemblies, as well as of microwave components and assemblies. Knowledge of optical lens design and microlens design. Strong desire to learn new technologies and flexibility to change from one project to another quickly.

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Proficiency in use of computers, engineering work stations, complex electronic equipment, oral and written communication, interaction with vendors/colleagues and willingness to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Ability to work well in a team and independently. Must be sufficiently mobile to work within confined spaces and have both visual and hearing acuity. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (e.g. driver’s license, special tools or restrictions): U.S. citizenship is required. Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance a plus.

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a "U.S. Person" as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. "U.S. Person" includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.

HRL Laboratories is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring, training or promoting, on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, U.S. military or protected veteran status, union membership, or political affiliation. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Malibu, CA, USA