As an Optics Software Engineer, you will help analyze, design, and test space camera systems for precision attitude determination, low light observation, and vision-based navigation for commercial, military, and NASA missions. The position requires knowledge of focal plane arrays and typical sources of noise in camera systems. The work includes development and refinement of Matlab modeling tools for camera performance prediction, laboratory testing to benchmark models, automated testing scripts for camera calibration, and conducting lab and outdoor tests of prototypes and engineering grade units. This job also includes writing test procedures for camera verification and software to automate the acquisition of key parameters. It also includes developing camera concepts and analysis for proposals as well as supporting tests of deliverable space cameras.
Maintain updates to camera modeling in Matlab including SNR performance as a function of exposure time and apertures based on all noise parameters.
Development of algorithms to improve vision-based guidance and navigation from pixel information.
Perform space camera calibration and testing.
Identify and document techniques to verify camera requirements through analysis and testing
Work independently in a cleanroom environment
Create software routines and scripts to support in-house testing by technicians
Operate lab equipment including lasers, collimators, optomechanical precision fixtures, and data collection systems
3+ years’ experience with Matlab programming specifically with camera performance and vision tools
3+ years of experience in designing, implementing and running image quality test protocols, performing data analysis, and generating reports.
Knowledge of digital imaging principles and detector behaviors, and noise sources.
Ability to program in C, C++, and Python
Experience with optical alignment, laser operations, and data acquisition systems
Background in celestial observation and navigation is preferred
Candidates need to be U.S. Citizens or Permanent U.S. Residents as we work with Government Contracts.
Internal Number: req#170
About Space Micro
Space Micro is a growing, satellite subsystems company whose employees thrive in exciting and dynamic work environments. We focus on engineering to drive the design and manufacture of cutting-edge space technologies for the biggest names in the new Race to Space.
Have you dreamed of your work project orbiting Earth or landing on the moon?
Space Micro cameras and radios have been selected for multiple, upcoming lunar and Artemis missions. Since 2002, we have amassed nearly 2 Million hours of flawless space flight heritage for commercial, civil, scientific, and defense missions in space. And we rely on smart, talented, ambitious people to help us make that happen.
Space Micro offers a flexible and congenial work atmosphere. We collaborate and innovate on a fast-paced, project-oriented schedule that allows us to exceed customer expectations. We also understand the demands of both professional and personal/family responsibilities and strive to provide a work-life balance that rewards success.
If you are a self-starter with a mix of technical expertise, experience, and a strong motivation to achieve success on complex engineering projects, then take the next step and contact us. We offer competitive salaries, employee ownership, and rewarding career.