We are looking for a creative engineer to join our Research & Engineering team. The ideal applicant will be proficient in idea generation, hands-on experimentation, and data analysis. Expectations include:

  • Collaborate with technical staff on multiple simultaneous projects
  • Contribute to the innovation process and the development of new optical products
  • Optical analysis for miniature opto-mechanical assemblies
  • Presenting at technical conferences

Applications for our technologies and products include turbomachinery test and diagnostics, non-destructive inspection of metallic and composite material systems, vibratory analysis of industrial equipment, and condition/health monitoring systems for turbomachinery and other rotating equipment.

Desired Skills

  • Optical modeling experience
  • Proficiency with laboratory optical, mechanical, and/or electronic instrumentation
  • Experience with custom experimental apparatus design and development
  • Experience with optical sensing of vibration, flow distortion, or foreign object detection in a turbomachinery environment is a significant plus
  • Project Management or Principal Investigator experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Funded research proposal writing (SBIR experience preferred)

A B.S. in an engineering discipline with 3+ years of related R&D experience is required. An M.S or Ph.D. is a plus.

Some travel is required.

Prime Photonics is an EEOC employer. Benefits include Medical, Dental, 401K, FSA/HSA, LT Disability. Due to US Government contracting requirements, US citizenship is necessary for this position. Please send resumes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

April 25, 2019 (National Harbor, MD) – Today at the Propulsion Safety & Sustainment(PS&S)/Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment Conference(AA&S) 2019 EVI- joint conference Steve Poland, CEO for Prime Photonics, made the presentation “S-Caesar Demonstration of a Combined Optical Blade Tip Timing and Clearance Sensor”. In the talk, Mr. Poland discussed a recent hot section engine test in which Prime Photonics performed Blade Tip Timing and Blade Tip Clearance measurements on a retired cruise missile gas turbine engine. The Prime Photonics FOCIS™ high temperature optical engine probes were used in the late 2018 test to monitor rotor stage 1 of the F112 engine.

February 6, 2019 (Blacksburg, VA) – Prime Photonics will be exhibiting at the 2019 Apex Turbine Testing Technologies User Conference, February 25-March 1 in Nashville, TN, at the Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Vanderbilt. At the conference, Prime Photonics will be demonstrating industry leading FOCIS™ hardware and sensors used for rotor blade speed and vibration measurements for the test and validation of gas turbines, compressor systems, turbochargers and other rotating equipment applications.

March 6,2019 (Dublin, VA) – Prime Photonics Manufacturing and Quality Manager, Hilary Whiting, will be representing Prime Photonics at the 2019 Step Forward: New River Valley Conference, taking place at Volvo Trucks Customer Center on March 13th -14th, 2019. Step Forward is a professional development conference for women in manufacturing and will feature sessions including: Networking promoting Women in Manufacturing, StrengthsFinder 2.0, Reciprocity Ring, “What the Data Shows”, Executive Insights: What I Wish I Knew, and LEAD by Example. Prime Photonics would like to thank the Manufacturing Institute and Volvo Trucks for bringing this event to the New River Valley.

August 29, 2018 (Houston, Texas) – Prime Photonics is exhibiting at the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University 47th Turbomachinery and 34rd International Pump Users Symposia (Booth #2818).