Company: Jacobs
Skills: Research & Development, Physicist
Education: High School/Secondary
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States

The Optical Techniques Branch is seeking a highly motivated Research Physicist/Electrical Engiener to work in the Fiber Photonics Section to develop state-of-the-art fiber optic sensing techniques and instrumentation for applications in ocean metrology.

The Fiber Photonics Section conducts research into novel fiber optic and photonic devices and sensors. Research areas in the section include optically pumped magnetometry, Rydberg atom based electrometry, distributed sensing based on Brillouin, Rayleigh and Bragg scattering and laser based sensing, fiber optic shock wave diagnostics and fiber optic interferometry.

The Naval Research Laboratory conducts research in a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines of interest to the Navy. Candidates interested in pursuing a career in research are encouraged to apply.


A prospective candidate should hold an advanced degree, preferably a PhD, in Physics, Applied Physics, or Electrical Engineering with experience in optical physics, electromagnetic measurements or optoelectronics. Specific experience in Labview, Matlab, Comsol, electronic design and testing, electronic instrumentation and control and/or prototype development would be beneficial.

The candidate should be capable of working both independently as well as part of a team and may be required to participate in off site tests. Publication of research in the open literature and attendance of conferences will be strongly encouraged.





This position may require the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Clearance processing will be completed by the U.S. Government.

Factors considered for a U.S. Government Security Clearance include but are not limited:

U.S. Citizenship (Required)

Favorable Criminal History Check

Education Verification

Abuse/Illegal Drug Use

Credit Check

Subject Interview

Physical Requirements:

Most work will be done at a desk or computer.

Work Environment:

General Office environment. The work environment is fast-paced and sometimes involves extreme deadline pressures. The nature of the work requires a high degree of teamwork and cooperation with other members of the staff as well as individuals across the Company and Customers.

Equipment & Machines:

General office equipment including PC/laptop, Fax, Copiers, Shredder, Printers, Telephone, and other miscellaneous office equipment.


Attendance is critical at all times. Must be able to work a 40-hour workweek, normally Monday through Friday. However, times and days may vary depending on business requirements. Needs to be available to work overtime during critical peaks and be available to meet last minute requests for overtime should the situation occur.

Other Essential Functions:

Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation.

Must be able to interface with individuals at all levels of the organization both verbally and in writing. Must be well-organized with the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously. Must work well under pressure to meet deadline requirements. Must be willing to travel as needed. Must take and pass a drug test and background check as well as a motor vehicle records check. Must be a US citizen.