Engineering Fellow – Optical-Mechanical, Tucson, AZ

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Tucson, Arizona

About Us:

At Raytheon Missiles & Defense, you have the opportunity to try new things and make a bigger difference across a broader end-to-end solution, a richer technology and product set, an expanded range of disciplines, a growing global footprint and a more diverse team of colleagues and customers.

Job Summary:

The Electro-Optics Department at Raytheon Missiles & Defense is seeking an optical-mechanical design and analysis Engineering Fellow that is responsible for designing advanced optical sensors and seeker systems in support of new product development. The candidate will lead teams in defining optical-mechanical design solutions, being responsible for performance and cost and supporting these products through their development, implementation, verification, and maintenance.  Additionally, they will be responsible for shaping the optical seeker development strategy, including road maps for Product Lines and new opto-mechanical related technologies. The candidate shall demonstrate expertise in all of the subsystems that are necessary for developing an optical sensor and seeker including experience in how these systems interact with the overall guidance unit. This includes expertise in structural design/analysis, system survivability in extreme environments, gimbal and mechanism design, bearing design/analysis, gimbal and mechanism dynamics, optical mounting and alignment concepts and system performance modeling. 

The candidate will be required to effectively interact with engineers across multiple disciplines including systems, EO subsystems, optics, opto-mechanics, detectors, cryogenics, Guidance Navigation and control (GNC), and EO system test and verification. They will be expected to effectively present their work in program and Business Unit reviews and to provide expert counseling and mentoring. They will lead teams and provide technical oversight and task delegation as appropriate. The customers of this position will include internal RMD personnel and programs, as well as external Government(s) personnel and programs. The chosen candidate will work with the customer and engineering leadership to define design requirements to validate and to verify that hardware being designed is compliant with requirements.

As a Fellow, it is expected that the candidate work across Product Lines and Business Units as dictated by the critical needs of the Enterprise. Additionally, the Fellow will seek out and establish apprenticeships to enable a teaching culture at RMD.  In this position, they must have exhibited a proven track record with national recognition of an electro-optical seeker architecture mindset in developing sensor products and working across a product’s life cycle. The Fellow will encompass a history of design innovation validated by patents and technical papers, serving as the expert through integration and qualification of electro-optical seekers, and leading Failure Investigation Teams in resolution to complex production sustainment issues and / or sensor anomalies.

Responsibilities to Anticipate:

Lead selection of optical-mechanical seeker design solutions for RMD EO products with considerations for its role in the system, all phases of engineering and production, and the product life cycle.
Lead trade studies on various seeker systems for instance: gimbaled vs fixed post, survivability in extreme environments such as high speed and high G, and structurally induced line of sight and image smear effects.
Support electro-optical modeling and simulation activities
Lead development of requirements in support of optical-mechanical design, environmental survivability and the requirement flow to components.
Drive the development, implementation, verification and maintenance of optical sensor / seeker  designs in close collaboration with other disciplines to provide a mature optimized missile product
Identify strategic optical engineering development opportunities
Propose and lead independent research and development (IRAD) projects for the advancement of optical-mechanical sensor / seeker engineering solutions
Ensure balance of risk, performance, and cost.
Be accountable to leadership for technical decisions.
Participate in major technical review boards
Communicate and collaborate with Program Management and Technical Leadership, Engineering Leadership, Manufacturing, Suppliers, and Customers.
Guide, apprentice, mentor, and train colleagues within the optical-mechanical design area.

Qualifications You Must Have:

Bachelor’s in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM)
Minimum 12 years of optical-mechanical design, analysis and manufacturing experience on ultra-violet (0.3 um) through Long-Wave Infrared (14 um) optical systems and their associated mechanical subsystems
Experience with CREO, ANSYS, or equivalent mechanical design tools
Experience in mechanical design, fabrication, material properties and dynamic impacts to the system
Experience leading optical-mechanical design teams including but not limited to optics, gimbals, detector/camera systems, thermal and dynamics management, structural analysis, system modeling, requirements derivation, GNC impact, etc.
Experience leading Optical Sensor / Seeker design trade studies and engineering efforts involving engineers across multiple disciplines as listed above.
The ability to obtain and maintain a US security clearance. U.S. citizenship is required as only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance

Qualifications We Value:

MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering or other related engineering field
Demonstrated ability to write successful technical proposal volumes
Demonstrated ability to develop a business strategic vision and execute changes
Demonstrated ability to successfully lead teams
Demonstrated ability to influence others to achieve technical and programmatic goals
Demonstrated proactive problem solving experience
Expert in Optical Sensor / Seeker System design and implementation. 
Expert in performance and survivability design and analysis of sensor/seeker hardware in extreme environments.
Experience in leadership and or senior engineering roles.
Demonstrated written and verbal communication ability to leadership
Experience within the aerospace industry
Active DoD issued Top Secret security clearance

What We Offer:

Whether you’re just starting out on your career journey or are an experienced professional, we offer a robust total rewards package that goes above and beyond with compensation; healthcare, wellness, retirement and work/life benefits; career development and recognition programs. Some of the superior benefits we offer include parental (including paternal) leave, flexible work schedules, achievement awards, educational assistance and child/adult backup care.

Clearance Information: This position requires the eligibility to obtain a security clearance. Non-US citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance. The Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), an agency of the Department of Defense, handles and adjudicates the security clearance process. More information about Security Clearances can be found on the US Department of State government website here:

Employee Referral Award Eligibility: Only employees currently within RMD and RI&S have the potential to receive a Referral Award for submitting a referral to RMD and RI&S roles.  ALL eligibility requirements must be met (see guidelines) to receive the Referral Awarding.

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