Riverside Research Institute

Optics Engineer

Location US-OH-Dayton
ID 2024-1884
Research & Development
Position Type
Full Time Salary

Riverside Overview

Riverside Research is an independent National Security Nonprofit dedicated to research and development in the national interest. We provide high-end technical services, research and development, and prototype solutions to some of the country’s most challenging technical problems.
 All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.

Position Overview

The Riverside Research Engineering and Support Solutions (ESS) directorate conducts Research and Development (R&D) of cyber-physical attacks against embedded systems. As an Optics Engineer, you will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of research engineers and scientists on a wide range of microelectronics research projects.  You’ll work directly with a team of hardware security research subject matter experts (SME), the senior Principal Investigator, Technical Lead, and Program Manager to support various project-specific research scope and deliverables providing value to our customers.  You will also contribute to the growth of both our government customer and internal microelectronics R&D capability to help advance the edge in microelectronics security and protection.  The position is in Dayton OH and requires a Top Secret security clearance. Remote work is not available for this position.


Job Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with customers, multi-disciplinary research partners and Riverside Research business, engineering, and technology teams.
  • Develop and/or support development of papers and presentations of analysis when requested by customer or otherwise appropriate.
  • Interact with our customer and research partners in both virtual and in-person meetings supporting the communication of analysis and findings.
  • Conceive, develop, and build custom optical test systems to address customer requirements.
  • Interface with multi-disciplinary SMEs to identify optical requirements for emerging challenges.
  • Propose areas for internal capability development and new areas of work relevant to the program scope and the latest data science developments.
  • Provide thought leadership in optical innovations and contribute to creativity in solving unconventional problems.
  • Work with management to plan, lead, and execute technical resource application to project; manage and communicate deliverable status and timelines.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • Active DoD Top Secret or equivalent US Government security clearance.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in an optical discipline (e.g., optics, optical engineering, applied engineering physics, etc.) and 5 years’ experience, or a Master’s Degree in an optical field and 3 years’ experience, or a PhD in a related discipline
  • Hands-on experience with free-space and/or optical fiber systems
  • Ability to manage timelines, product delivery, and product quality
  • Able to work individually in a multi-discipline team with minimal direct supervision
  • Experience leading a small technical team on research projects
  • Willing to work on-site in a cleared US Government facility


Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in applied engineering physics or optical engineering
  • Familiarity with microelectronics architectures and fabrication processes
  • Ability to read electrical schematics and translate between logical functions and physical hardware
  • Experience writing code in Python, C/C++, and/or Matlab

Global Comp

This represents the typical compensation range for this position based on experience, location and other factors.

Closing Statement

Riverside Research Institute is a not-for-profit, technology-oriented defense company, where service to our customers and support of our staff is our overall mission. Riverside is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding recruitment and hiring.  Riverside offers comprehensive compensation and benefit packages to our employees.
Riverside bases its employment decisions solely on technical experience, qualifications and other job-related criteria related to our organizational purpose as a not-for-profit company, and without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status or any other status legally protected by applicable federal, state, and local law.


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