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Position Opening: Optical Engineer: Laser-Based Systems

Title: Optical Engineer: Laser-Based Systems

Location: Southborough, MA

Block Engineering, located in Southborough, Massachusetts (Boston metro area), develops and sells Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) based instruments for the detection and identification of gases, liquids and solids. Block's innovative products include security products for protection against chemical threats. Most recently, Block has been awarded multi-million-dollar contracts from US government agencies (IARPA, DARPA) to develop breakthrough capabilities for standoff detection of explosives and chemical agents for homeland protection.

Block is currently seeking a full-time Optical Engineer who can assist with the development of quantum casade laser-based spectrometers and hyperspectral systems. Block's products currently utilize advanced modeling of light/material interactions and AI-based classification algorithms for real-time detection and identification of chemicals in the air or on any surface.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Develop state-of-the-art hyperspectral imaging systems for trace chemical detection and mobile gas sensors.
  • Support the development of products based on Block's quantum cascade laser-based technology.
  • Transition the results of advanced development activities to engineering and manufacturing.
  • Evaluate commercial applications.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • B.S. or M.S. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Photonics, or related field. A PhD would be a plus.
  • Hands-on experience using lasers and optics on an optical bench is required. Experience with semiconductor lasers is a plus.
  • Proficiency with electronics and software. MATLAB, C++, or Python experience would be ideal.
  • Detail-oriented experimentalist.
  • Team player with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment.
  • Also helpful would be mechanical design experience using CAD tools such as SolidWorks, and/or a background in spectroscopy and sample handling.

To apply, please email resumes to Dan at careers@blockeng.com. Thank you for your interest.

Contact Us

For over 60 years, Block Engineering has been a leader in chemical detection and gas analysis technology.

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about our Quantum Cascade Laser and FTIR products.

Block Engineering
132 Turnpike Road
Southborough, MA 01772
Phone: (508) 251-3100
Fax: (508) 251-3171