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Lead Physicist

Location: Baltimore MD

Job Purpose: 4S - Silversword is seeking a Lead Physicist to work with our Applied Physics Division (APD) on new product development efforts. The Lead Physicist will ensure the contracts and systems under development meet all requirements through modeling, analysis, and measurement of design requirements. Additional duties will include the design of sensors, communications, and other technologies, mentoring and advising staff, leading design reviews and performing as the Principal Investigator on contracts as required to support the APD. Work will be performed in a laboratory environment with a variety of moderate to complex tasks and functional activity.

Job Duties Include: The following reflects management's definition of preferable functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign additional duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

New technology modeling, analysis, and design:

  • Create novel new designs of critical components for contracts and internal R&D projects
  • Perform modeling and analysis of technology components to ensure functionality
  • Supervise, train, and mentor staff to ensure team collaboration and performance
  • Assist in new contract proposal writing and submission
  • Lead contract development work
  • Assist in writing reports, operational documentation, and other documents as required.
  • Familiarity with laser and precision optics handling.
  • Ability to work with test equipment including oscilloscopes, optical power meters, laser beam analyzers, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills/Qualifications: Organizational and planning skills, excellent communication and problem solving skills, attention to detail and accuracy, solid judgment and decision-making ability, takes initiative and is adaptable.

Military Facility Access: Must be able to qualify for and obtain a military base access pass.

Clearance: A security clearance is not required for this position at this time. US Citizenship is required.

Education and Experience: This position requires:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Physics, Optics, or other related field and at least two years of relevant experience as a physicist or optical engineer. Research and Development experience is a plus.
  • Experience with opto-electronics is required.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, COMSOL Multi-Physics, SolidWorks, Mathematica software preferred.
  • Experience in or work for the U.S. military is also highly desirable.


  • Optical System Design - Demonstrates ability to deliver excellence by taking personal accountability for achieving high quality outcomes. Ability to independently design, model, build, test, and analyze optical assemblies to achieve operational functionality of the products under development.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; and supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Ethics - Earns others' trust and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions. Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity; and upholds organizational values.

Physical requirements: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to handle or feel, and talk/hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Please note: 4S-Silversword Software and Services LLC reserves the right to change or modify job duties and assignments at any time. The above job description is not all encompassing. Positions functions and qualifications may vary depending on business needs. 4S-Silversword Software and Services LLC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants based on race, color, creed, religion, medical condition, legally protected genetic information, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status or legally protected characteristics.

Full time
Salary Range
$86,000.00 - 163,000.00
per Year
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Baltimore, MD 21276, US