General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Camera Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 17946BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Camera Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

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 Camera Engineer to support our advanced sensor programs 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.


  • Provide direct technical contributions in the field of optical, electrical and/or systems engineering.

  • Will have a specific emphasis in the selection, implementation and test of focal plane arrays and detectors for use as part of developmental laser/optical systems.

  • Responsible for providing direct technical contributions to multiple LAS programs by engaging on engineering tasks within their primary field of engineering expertise, and act as a subject matter expert in the selection, implementation and test of focal plane arrays and detectors.

  • Develop and execute test plans for advanced focal plane arrays and/or detectors to measure their critical performance parameters. Tests should include: Resolution, Responsivity, Noise, Contrast, Modulation and Phase. Test methodologies should include: MTF, PTC, SiTF, QE, FPN, PSF and NETD.

  • Utilize existing models or develop new models where necessary to evaluate the performance of different sensors for given applications. These models should include spectral dependence on quantum efficiency, noise and resolution.

  • Perform trade studies to select optimal detectors for a given application, taking into account performance differences and programmatic limitations.

  • Work with vendors and other technical experts in the field to understand recent technology advances related to sensors and product line technical roadmaps that could drive future system architectures.

  • 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.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; four or more years of experience with a bachelors degree or two or more years of experience with a masters degree. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance.

  • The ideal candidate will have experience with the development and/or application of advanced sensor systems, including focal plane arrays for high resolution imagery, LIDAR, infra-red detection or hyperspectral and surveillance/reconnaissance imaging systems.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of photon transfer curves.

  • Must have prior experience testing and developing tests for focal plane arrays.

  • Demonstrated experience in the integration of camera systems.

  • Familiarity with the following test equipment: Black body and other broadband light sources, spectral filters, collimators, integrating spheres and resolution test charts such as the 1951 USAF target.

  • Able to operate independently and as part of a larger program team.

  • Demonstrates technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice with the ability to organize, plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadership.

  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment. Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required enabling an effective interface with other departments and/or professionals, and capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact, as well as providing leadership and guidance to less experienced professionals.

  • Customer focused, formulates plans based on the development of innovative new designs in resolving advanced technical engineering problems. Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment.

  • Able to work extended hours 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.