Research Scientist (Photonics) - Torrance, CA

Seeking a Research Scientist with a strong fundamental understanding of Physics and Photonics and who is able to apply basic principles of physics to a variety of advanced sensor systems related projects. 

This position is for a skillful experimentalist who will be responsible for the development and fabrication of new, innovative devices and systems. The Research Scientist will be responsible for creative technical writing, interactive customer presentations, and working with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers to continually advance R&D toward viable products.  Our current project portfolio includes novel optical metrology to aid in the production of stealth aircraft, autonomous mass spectrometry system for atmospheric monitoring, non-lethal weapon technologies, and future millimeter-wave radar systems to aid in aircraft launch/recovery operations aboard aircraft carriers.


  • Identify and implement simple yet innovative ways to solve complex technical problems

  • Perform hands-on laboratory work to rapidly design and build prototypes to assess and demonstrate technical feasibility

  • Develop and execute strategies to mature prototype solutions toward viable products

  • Manage technical and programmatic progress on multiple projects, including writing technical reports and presentations in support of development for government customers

  • Conceive of novel solutions to customer requirements and help write winning proposals for strategic government grant opportunities


  • Masters/PhD in Physics, or similar technical field

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience in development of advanced technologies and instrumentation, with thorough fundamental understanding of physical processes and materials

  • Experience in & strong understanding of photonics, i.e. lasers, LIDAR sensors, remote sensors, radio frequency, vacuum chambers or chemical sensors, etc.

  • Hands-on lab skills

  • Experience with transition of R&D to production is a strong plus

  • Creativity, strong problem-solving and analytical skills, excellent technical writing, verbal communication, and presentation skills are essential

  • Proficiency in software modeling, and simulation tools, such as COMSOL, MATLAB, etc., is a strong plus

  • Comfortable working in a very dynamic R&D setting with a number of PhD level engineers and scientists developing novel, impactful technology solutions

  • US Citizen or Green Card holder required (no C2C)

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