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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Computational Optical Researcher I (666052) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Ball Aerospace's Albuquerque office, located near Kirtland Air Force Base NM, is a key provider of technical services to the Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy and Space Vehicles directorates. Our multi-discipline staff provides a broad range of scientific and engineering services, including laboratory and field experiments, technology assessments, modeling & simulation, and analyses. We are seeking additional qualified researchers and engineers to join our science and technology oriented organization.


Computational Optical Researcher I

What You'll Do

  • Develop and analyze simulations of the processes occurring inside a laser. Problems typically involve multi-physics phenomenology requiring advanced numerical methods (e.g., FEM, FVM, and FD). Examples of these coupled models include solid-state thermal and mechanical, fluid dynamics, energy-state kinetics, optical wave propagation, fluorescence, nonlinear optical effects, and plasma generation.
  • Work closely with experimental teams to validate the capabilities of computational models at each step in the research process.
  • Examine model performance by verification against analytic equations and other codes, uncertainty quantification, sensitivity analysis, numerical optimization, and mesh analysis.
  • Guide research efforts with design evaluation and extrapolation of model parameters to new regions of interest. If required, develop new or improve existing models to simulate observed physical processes.
  • Assist in the development of project plans.
  • Present results at regular meetings, project reviews, and conferences.
  • Supports other affiliated researchers by providing computational technical resources to effectively meet their project goals which typically involve a combination of experimental and analytical activities.
  • Facilitates synergy amongst M&S; projects to improve overall products.
  • Oversee the development, maintenance and improvement of computational tools, data bases, methodologies used by the group.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with current and new customers (both government and industry).
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the SBU/SSU and the Company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

What You'll Need

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 2 or more years related experience.
  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of related experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.
  • MS or higher degree in Science or Engineering or a related technical field is preferred.
  • Education or experience in optics and computational science relatable to laser technology is preferred.
  • Strong organizational and coordination skills.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Motivated and desire to learn new or adjacent skills.
  • Experience in programing languages, e.g., Python, MatLab, C++ and ForTran.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or clean room, outdoors or remote research environment.
  • May occasionally work in production work centers where use of protective equipment and gear is required.
  • May access other facilities in various weather conditions.
  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.

Security Clearance:

Successful applicant for this position must be eligible to obtain a DoD clearance. A current DoD clearance is not required to be eligible for this position, however the successful applicant will be required to obtain a DoD clearance within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance. * US Citizenship is Required


Relocation for this position is Available

EEO Statement:


Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Job Title: Computational Optical Researcher I (666052)

Job ID: 666052

Location: NM - Albuquerque

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular