Staff Scientist


Cypress, CA, US, 90630

Job ID: 108396 


The Electro Optical Infrared Systems (EOIS) line of business within DRS has locations in Dallas and Austin, TX, Melbourne, FL, and Cypress, CA.  EOIS develops, manufactures, and supports infrared and electro-optical solutions for soldiers, ground vehicles and airborne platforms.  We offer an exciting and challenging work environment, a competitive salary and benefits package, and a business culture that rewards performance. 


 Employing the world’s brightest. Supporting the world’s bravest.

Position Summary

DRS Network & Imaging Systems in Cypress, CA is part of the Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems Group of Leonardo DRS and has over 30 years of experience in designing and developing electro-optical/infrared systems for surveillance and targeting applications. We are seeking a Staff Scientist to join the company in the development of strategic space and weather systems.

Basic Qualifications and Required Duties

  • Master’s degree in physical science or engineering discipline; PhD preferred
  • A minimum of 20 years of experience
  • Extensive knowledge and significant experience in multiple engineering disciplines
  • Knowledge of EO/IR technology is required. Ability to perform analysis of EO/IR systems is desired.
  • Must be a team player with good communications skills
  • Ability to obtain and retain a security clearance is required

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, conduct and direct research and development projects where the complexity of the technical problems requires advanced knowledge and scientific specialization 
  • Conduct research to make fundamental improvements to product performance or to the invention of new product concepts
  • Design, conduct, and analyze experiments to probe fundamental limits within area of expertise 
  • Support other departments with failure analysis for improvement of yield and reduction of cost
  • Write proposals and reports and present technical papers to win new business and enhance the technical creditability of the Company
  • Disseminate knowledge via patents, technical papers, technical memorandum and staff development
  • Represent the company at industry and government briefings
  • Supervise personnel in carrying out development and/or manufacturing processes
  • Provide technical expertise and assistance to other engineers and support personnel
  • Interact with technical management, other professionals, technicians and support personnel to coordinate, recommend and confer regarding technical activities and progress
  • Mentor and coach the work of others as assigned
  • Actively participate in organizational strategy and future technology direction
  • Widely recognized within both DRS and the scientific community as expert in the field of specialization as well as other related scientific disciplines
  • Support, communicate, reinforce and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization
  • Attend appropriate engineering, customer or business meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Working Conditions

Normal for an office environment. Work may require occasional weekend and/or evening work and local travel.

The pay scale for this position is $154,658/year  - $240,107/year. The pay scale information is a general guideline only. Several factors can influence the pay scale for a position including but not limited to, Federal Government contract labor categories and contract wage rates, collective bargaining agreements, geographic location, business considerations, scope and responsibilities of the position, local or other applicable market conditions, and internal equity. Other factors include the candidate’s qualifications such as relevant prior work experience, specific skills and competencies, education/training, and certifications. 


Taking care of our people is a top priority at Leonardo DRS. We are proud to offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, a company contribution to a health savings account, telemedicine, life and disability insurance, legal insurance, and a 401(k) savings plan. We champion wellness programs that focus on physical, emotional, and financial well-being. We develop our talent by offering programs and activities to support career-growth, professional development, and skill enhancement. And we understand there is more to life than work, and the importance of offering flexible work schedules with our 9/80 program, competitive vacation, health/emergency leave, paid parental leave, and community service hours. 
*Some employees are eligible for limited benefits only


Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #EOIS

Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

The DRS culture is defined by our Core Values and Principles: 

- Integrity
- Agility
- Excellence
- Customer Focus
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Innovation

We strive to uphold them in all aspects of our business practices to inspire our employees and provide outstanding support for our customers.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

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Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles