Senior Optical Engineer

  • Full-Time
  • USA
  • Posted 3 months ago
  • Impossible Sensing is currently unable to offer sponsorship for employment visa status so candidates must be U.S. citizens or pre-authorized to work in the U.S.

Company Details

Making sense of deep ocean, deep space and everywhere in between. We bring cutting-edge optical sensors into the field – any field.

Work on cutting edge and out of this world projects as the lead Optical Engineer for the Space Instrument division. Manage the implementation and execution of projects that support the company’s long-range R&D strategies including grant proposals, contract bids, responses to NASA flight AOs, and similar opportunities. Lead all optical design for the company.

Work to develop and implement a Space Instrument division that serves company objectives by leading proposal efforts and working directly with the CEO to guide all aspects of Impossible’s Space activities, from conception to Flight program implementation and managing personnel accordingly. Potential to develop into new position, Space Instrument Division Manager.


  • Develop optical sensing instruments for space and Earth environments, combining knowledge of optical systems including imagers, spectrometers, lasers, and other illumination and detection systems. End-to-end involvement in project life cycle from concept definition to securing funding, project implementation and management, and science plan development and deployment. Interface with optical, mechanical, and electrical engineering teams to complete systems modeling, analysis, and methods of performance validation.
  • Advance applied research programs that are synergistic with the mission of the company to develop cutting-edge solutions in sensing applications, including a compact LIDAR program, in situ sensing program using Raman and LIBS, and Lunar technologies program (ISRU, CLPS)
  • Lead proposal-writing efforts on behalf of the company to secure new funding and applied research opportunities. The potential research areas are broad, and include all aspects of data analytics, sensor development, and robotic perception. These opportunities include but are not limited to NASA ROSES/other (IIP, PSTAR, PICASSO, MatISSE, PRISM, LuSTR), NASA SBIR, other agency SBIR/other proposal opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the CEO and scientists and technicians inside and outside of the organization to develop technical solutions for complex challenges. Outdoor fieldwork and travel both within the United States and internationally may be required to validate technical solutions in real-world environments. The Senior Optical Engineer will be required to work independently on individual research projects and present findings to the team and in conferences/meetings as well as be an integral team member for larger responsibilities.
  • Develop and maintain dynamic relationships with counterparts at partner and collaborator lab facilities related to the scope of work. Top candidates will be technically agile, have an ability to learn and implement novel and innovative procedures effectively and have a sound understanding of relevant scientific approaches. Research will involve interactions with Impossible staff and outside partners.
  • Participate as required in major project milestones, such as critical integration and test activities, environmental testing, and strategy meetings with executive team as required.


  • US Person (Citizen or Permanent Resident)
  • PhD degree in Space Physics, Applied Physics, Optics or other Physics degree related tospace science and/or relevant scientific field
  • Experience in optical design (Zemax, CODE V, others), assembly, and testing
  • 5+ yrs experience in a relevant scientific field (lab experience required)
  • Ability to work in dynamic environments with novel concepts and a wide range of personnel
  • Outstanding verbal and written skills and experience generating data-driven reports
  • Ability to interpret relevant data and apply it to innovative processes


  • An ideal candidate will have demonstrated applied research experience in challenging atmospheric, terrestrial, or space environments. Applicants should have a PhD in a technical field, 5 or more years of post-graduate experience, plus a demonstrated history of successful research and/or development with appropriate publications and data products.
  • Candidates should be able to express a clear vision for their proposed work on new and innovative technologies, and an understanding of how to apply and work with external funding agencies
  • Experience writing proposals in an academic and/or industrial setting
  • Familiarity in working with NASA and/or on NASA-funded projects

Tagged as: optics, nasa, optical engineer, spectroscopy, sbir

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