General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Laser Scientist in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 19994BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Laser Scientist

Job Category: Engineering, Scientists

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: Desired

Job Summary:

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) designs and manufactures first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS’ expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions support critical fleet, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and process and monitoring applications for defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Laser Scientist to join our Laser and Optical Engineering team located in Rancho Bernardo, CA.

The Lasers and Advanced Sensors (LAS) business unit is focused on the design, development, fabrication and integration of high energy laser systems, laser weapons systems and advanced sensors that provide targeting, tracking and identification functionality. The ideal candidate for this position is a Laser Scientist who has a strong background in research and development activities. .

With limited direction, this position exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives for the review, research, design, development, and/or solution to advanced technical scientific problem(s). May function in an advisory or leadership role and participate in the planning and oversight of the successful resolution of the scientific problem(s) and the implementation of the resolution and may provide direction and guidance to professional and support staff. Formulates technical plans for solution(s) development, documentation, and deployment of the scientific solution(s); as well as responsible for meeting various compliance, reporting, and safety standards. Evaluates the integration of the scientific solution within the overall scientific environment; and ensures that appropriate documentation, testing, maintenance, and scientific updates completed. Communicates with scientific professionals, solution users, and management throughout the solution development cycle, represents the company as a prime technical contact on contracts and/or projects, interacts with senior external personnel on technical matters requiring coordination between the organizations, and participates in the development of new or expansion of existing business.


  • Determines technical objectives for solution(s) to advanced technical scientific problems.

  • Develop laser architectures to meet top-level performance metrics, incorporating laser energetics and thermal/opto-mechanical limitations.

  • Analyzes laser system performance, including laser energetics, beam quality and system efficiency.

  • Build and test developmental laser systems, including optical alignment and integration of electro-optical and opto-mechanical components.

  • Represents the organization as a prime technical contact within and scientific team for assigned project(s)/program(s).

  • May function in an advisory or leadership role for a project/program and provide direction and guidance to less experienced professional staff or team of professional staff.

  • Formulates plans and guides the development and implementation of scientific solution(s) including deployment, resource requirements, testing, documentation, integration and compliance and safety.

  • Plans and coordinates the maintenance of scientific solutions including, documentation, reporting, publishing, and making technical and other presentations to ensure viability of the solution(s) in an evolving environment.

  • Plans for future applications of solutions based on new developments in scientific technology.

  • Participates in or may lead the development of new or expansion of existing business opportunities.

  • May develop and/or perform advanced computational modeling of scientific phenomena.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Clearance Level: Secret

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a Bachelors degree, Masters degree or PhD in a scientific or related technical field and progressively complex scientific experience as follows; six or more years experience with a Bachelors degree, four or more years experience with a Masters degree, and two or more with a PhD. Equivalent scientific experience may be substituted in lieu of education.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance is required.

  • The ideal candidate has experience in diode-pumped solid state laser systems and/or directed energy systems.

  • Must have the ability to contribute at a high technical level in both hands-on experimental work and theoretical/modeling activities.

  • Must demonstrate; (1) a detailed and extensive technical expertise and application of scientific principles, concepts, theory, and practice; (2) the ability to organize, plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadership; (3) have original work(s) published in professional scientific journals; and, (4) have been invited to present one or more original works in scientific symposia.

  • Must possess the ability to; (1) understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; (2) excellent communication, computer, presentation, and interpersonal skills to effectively interface with other departments, customers, government representatives, and/or professionals; (3) the capability of representing the organization as a prime technical contact; (4) and, the ability to provide leadership and guidance to less experienced professionals.

  • Must also be; customer focused; able to work on a self-initiated basis or in a team environment; and, able to work extended hours and travel as required.

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.