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Lockheed Martin Research Scientist, Phase Masking & Computational Imaging in Palo Alto, California

Description: The coolest jobs on this planet… or any other… are with Lockheed Martin Space.

At the dawn of a new space age, Lockheed Martin is a pioneer, partner, innovator and builder. Our amazing men and women are on a mission to make a difference in the world and every single day we use our unique skills and experiences to create, design and build solutions to some of the world's hardest engineering problems. Do you want to be part of a culture that inspires employees to think big, perform with excellence and build incredible products? We provide the resources, inspiration and focus - if you have the passion and courage to dream big, then we want to build a better tomorrow with you.

We are seeking a Senior Research Scientist to lead optical subsystem development, integration, and test activities of phase masking systems for the Lockheed Martin Space Advanced Technology Center (ATC). In this role, you should be confident testing advanced optical systems in lab and in modeling simulations. You will be responsible for communicating status with key partners inside and outside of the organization, so the ability to communicate and write technical content (reports and presentations) effectively will be critical to success. Some of your typical responsibilities will include:

• Developing system concepts, built around pupil phase masks in the areas of coronography, and general spatial frequency filtering.

• Conducting radiometric analyses to predict system signal suppression

• Conduct image reconstruction from signals gathered through sparse apertures and other non-conventional pupil functions.

• Staying current in the developments in interferometric imaging. and applying them to solve our customer's problems

• Operating and further development of an advanced imaging interferometer, including collection and processing of the resulting data.

• Assembling, integrating, and testing optical subsystems

• Troubleshooting electro-optical issues and those arising from field testing prototype systems

• Preparing parts specifications and evaluating vendor offerings

• Preparing contributions to briefings and reports to internal and external constituents

• Maintaining knowledge of polarization diffractive optics and liquid crystal variable retarder optics

This position is intended to involve phase mask design, but available funding may require support of other activities during the initial year.

You would typically have a Bachelors degree from an accredited college in a related discipline, or equivalent experience/combined education, with 5 years of professional experience; or 3 years of professional experience with a related Masters degree; or no experience required with a related PhD.

To promote the sharing of ideas, Lockheed Martin fosters an inclusive work environment that encourages differences and big-picture thinking.

Our employees play an active role in strengthening the quality of life where we live and work by volunteering more than 850,000 hours annually. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy:

• Medical

• Dental

• 401k

• Paid time off

• Work/life balance

• Career development

• Mentorship opportunities

• Rewards & recognition

Learn more about Lockheed Martin’s competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

Basic Qualifications:

• Masters or PhD in math, physics, engineering or closely related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience

• Experience with physical-optics modeling of imaging systems

• Experience with reconstruction algorithms using real data

• Laboratory experience with building research grade optical systems from COTS components

• MATLAB or Python programming experience

US Citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance

Desired Skills:

• PhD in math, science, or engineering

• Background knowledge in coherence theory

• Experience with imaging interferometry

• Computational image reconstruction experience (example; Fourier space manipulation of image data)

• Knowledge of atmospheric turbulence effects on imaging systems

• Experience with analysis of unconventional imaging systems

• Interest in publishing/presenting work at industry conferences and to prospective customers

• Knowledge of polarization diffractive optics and liquid crystal variable retarder optics



Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. They’re dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin’s vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers’ toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.


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