Tukwila, Washington

Job Description

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Boeing has an opening for a Lead Optical/Infrared Technology Engineer/Physicist (Level 4) in Puget Sound in support of multiple Phantom Works programs. 

The position provides an opportunity work with an experienced, interdisciplinary team to create innovative solutions to meet unique and challenging requirements.  The team takes ideas and concepts from the drawing board, through analysis and trades, into prototypes and finally producing flight hardware.  The Engineer/Physicist will be responsible for supporting design development and optimization, including modeling, analysis, measurement, testing, and verification of platform systems and subsystems for military defense hardware to meet customer requirements and objectives.  This position requires a background in general physics, with a good understanding of optics and electromagnetics, laboratory skills and familiarity with optical or infrared measurement equipment, sound technical judgment, and the ability to rapidly make and contribute to decisions that balance the overall architecture design.  This position requires strong collaboration skills to work with an interdisciplinary team to create balanced platforms and architectures that meet customer requirements. This position will require strong organizational skills and adaptability to work in a fast-paced and continually changing environment.  This position requires flexibility to develop analysis plans that incorporate COTS tools, government furnished tools, or individually developed tools to provide to provide rapid and insightful results.

This position is expected to be 100% onsite.  The selected candidate will be required to work onsite at the listed location. This position is located in Tukwila WA.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Support design development and optimization of systems and subsystems.

  • Utilize analytical modeling and methods to evaluation performance,  inform trades and designs,  and support verification of requirements.

  • Analyze ability of platform design to meet operational constraints.

  • Measure performance of materials and subsystems in the laboratory to support design development.

  • Test/verify performance of completed systems/subsystems in the laboratory and in the field.

  • Support Systems Engineering in deriving performance requirements and constraints of the platform and architecture.

This position requires the ability to obtain a US Security Clearance for which the US Government requires US Citizenship.  An interim and/or final U.S. Top Secret/SCI clearance Post Start is required.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience):

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Physics, Optics, or Electrical Engineering.

  • 7 years or more of experience in optical and infrared systems design on military or space platforms.

Preferred Qualifications (Preferred Skills & Experience):

  • Experience with aerospace optical and infrared systems.

  • Experience with the design, modeling, analysis, test and verification of optical and infrared systems.

  • Experience in materials and subsystem laboratory or field measurements.

  • Experience and familiarity using physics simulation software to model platforms and subsystems.

  • Experience utilizing scripting languages (e.g. python, perl, etc.) and programing languages and analysis environments (e.g. C++, MATLAB, etc.) to post-process and analyze modeled or measured data.

  • Experience with laboratory instrumentation software (e.g. LabVIEW, etc.)

  • Active TS/SCI clearance

Typical Education & Experience:

Education/experience typically acquired through advanced technical education from an accredited course of study in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry (e.g. Bachelor) and typically 9 or more years' related work experience or an equivalent combination of technical education and experience (e.g. PhD+4 years' related work experience, Master+7 years' related work experience). In the USA, ABET accreditation is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard.


This position offers relocation based on candidate eligibility. Basic relocation is available for internal candidates.


This is a union represented position.

Drug-Free Workplace:

Boeing is a Drug Free Workplace where post offer applicants and employees are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria is met as outlined in our policies. 


This is a 1st shift position.

Export Control Requirements: U.S. Government Export Control Status: This position must meet export control compliance requirements. To meet export control compliance requirements, a “U.S. Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. §120.15 is required. “U.S. Person” includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Tukwila, Washington

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Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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