research physicist resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Profile

Physicist and optical engineer with 30 years experience with complex scientific systems and instruments. Authored and co-authored proposals generating over $4 M in R&D funds. Directed the development of fiber-optic and other sensor systems for commercial and military applications. Strong problem-solving, technical, and analytic skills. Proven record of technical accomplishments through both individual and team efforts. Energetic worker able to pursue several concurrent projects and to complete each one on schedule. Responsible project leader with experience in project planning and execution. Advanced educational and technical training. Optical System Design & Development New Product Development & Enhancements Fiber-Optic Sensor Design & Development Breadboard, Prototype, & Pilot Testing Balanced Multi-Tasking & Priorities Ability Product Cost & Project Budget/Schedule Sensitive

Microsoft Office, LabView, ZEMAX
Relevant Experience
  • Principal Investigator responsible for the formulation, modeling, design, and demonstration of innovative concepts.
  • Conducted feasibility studies of sensors and sensor systems including making initial performance predictions.
  • Developed optical accelerometer for use in ground motion surveys and nuclear test-ban treaty verification.
  • Worked closely with DOE sponsor to characterize device performance.
  • Conceived and developed a follow-on broad-band (1 kHz), wide dynamic range (180 dB) fiber-optic seismometer.
  • Designed, fabricated, and tested optical and electronic circuits.
  • Secured Phase II SBIR funding for additional development.
  • Secured related Phase I funds to implement a digital demodulator.
  • Co-developed a portable fiber-optic triaxial magnetometer.
  • Performed research on candidate magnetostrictive alloys and selected optimum material.
  • Developed relevant analog and digital electronic circuits and software.
  • Fabricated prototype and demonstrated unit to government sponsor.
  • Co-developed first successful at-sea tested fiber-optic towed array hydrophone that exhibited more than 20 dB improvement in self noise.
  • Requested by the Naval Research Laboratory to support the development of a light weight, rapidly deployable fiber-optic line hydrophone array.
  • Specified hardware, fabricated hydrophones, and participated in testing at government facilities.
  • Conceived, developed, and demonstrated a sensor system for the classification of buried unexploded ordnance using conventional sensor technology and far-field magnetostatics.
  • Authored data acquisition and classification algorithm.
  • Led on-site demonstration team at the U.S.
  • Army Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison, Indiana.
  • Responsible for all reporting activities.
  • Co-developed and patented novel fiber-optic microbend horizontal accelerometer.
  • Designed, fabricated, and tested electronic circuitry.
  • This device received the Photonics "Circle of Excellence Award", 1989.
  • Designed and developed fiber-optic current and voltage sensors for electric power distribution systems.
  • Developed fiber-optic medical sensors for the measurement of temperature and magnetic fields.
  • Co-developed first successful U.S.
  • Navy test range fiber-optic telemetry link.
  • Participated in at-sea demonstrations in the Bahamas on the Mobile Noise Barge (MONOB).
  • Authored final report documenting at-sea test results.
  • Served as employer representative at numerous industry meetings (e.g.
  • SPIE and ISA) by presenting technical papers and participating in roundtable discussions.
  • Refereed numerous technical papers in the field of fiber-optic sensors.
  • Co-Founder and Consultant, Optimux Systems Corporation, Centreville, VA 1991 to 1993 Provided design and analysis expertise in digital fiber-optic communication systems.
  • Calculated bit-error rates and signal-to-noise ratios.
  • Analyzed link budgets.
  • Specified components.
  • Co-developed and patented a novel multiplexing scheme.
  • Co-authored a business plan and related illustrative materials used to entice venture capital funding.
Research Physicist, 09/2009 to Present
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.Denver, CO,
  • Senior - Supports the Sensor Science Division (Division 685) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
  • Developing ROSI, the national reference instrument for reflectance measurements between 250 nm and 2500 nm of spectrally neutral, non-fluorescent specimens at room temperature.
  • The development includes optical design, mechano-optic engineering, instrument programming, data collection and storage, and calibration report generation.
  • Supercontinuum and laser-driven light sources are used.
  • Supporting NIST solid-state lighting metrology, particularly with the measurement of the quantum efficiency of fluorescent samples Optically modeled sub-0.1% reflectance pyreheliometer cavities Designed a custom spectrograph for the NIST STARS Innovations in Measurement Science project whose goal is to create a catalog of stars whose top-of-the-atmosphere spectral flux has an SI traceable radiometric calibration of better than 0.5%.
  • Designed a custom illuminator for use in testing the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS).
  • Supporting further testing by providing ZEMAX modeling of optical components.
  • Analyzed and verified the performance of all coupling optics in the Marine Optical Buoy (MOBY) which is used to improve satellite ocean-color measurements that contribute to the estimation of ocean-carbon levels.
  • Designed and predicted throughput of follow-on coupling optics for MOBY; analyzed foreoptics performance.
Optical Engineer, 01/1995 to 08/2009
Uniti GroupLittle Rock, AR,
  • 15 million manufacturer of spectrophotometers/colorimeters for products and services in diverse commercial industries Key member of Engineering staff; introduced methods and designs to increase product manufacturability and reliability, and participated in the complete R&D cycle through pilot plant and production.
  • Intimately involved in the design, development, testing, and manufacturing of hand-held, bench-top, and on-line spectrophotometers and color measuring instruments for use in diverse industries (e.g.
  • paper, food, chemical, petroleum, textile).
  • Guided development from initial concept stage to prototyping, testing, and final market launch.
  • Authored and implemented top-of-scale calibration procedures in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 Responsible for the calibration of reflectance and transmittance standards including in-house standards and those delivered to customers.
  • Authored and maintained instrument calibration verification procedures and services sold to customers.
  • Collaborated with Marketing, Sales, and Manufacturing to ensure product quality and adherence to customer requirements and expectations.
  • Formulated concepts, evaluated promising designs in the laboratory, and presented results in reports and at design reviews for peers, supervisors, and management.
  • Recommended optimum design based on performance and cost.
  • Worked with mechanical, electrical, and software engineers to develop, test, and evaluate prototype and pilot instruments.
  • Authored design documents, test plans, test procedures, test software, and test reports.
  • Supported Manufacturing and Quality Assurance.
  • Carried out production tasks on an as-needed basis.
  • Specified replacements for obsolete parts in existing instruments.
  • Qualified vendors as preferred suppliers.
  • Identified problems in old designs, and implemented solutions to mitigate or eliminate deficiencies.
  • Optical Technologies, a Division of Dynamic Systems, Inc., Herndon and Alexandria, Virginia 1983 to 1995 Small business dedicated to the development of fiber-optic sensor systems and services, and to the support of the US DoD) Senior Physicist - Company expert in fiber optics, phase- and amplitude-modulated fiber-optic sensors, fiber-optic telecommunications, multiplexing, and photonics technology.
Ph.D: Physics, Expected in 1991
American University - , Washington DC
GPA: GPA: 3.94
Physics GPA: 3.94
B.S: , Expected in 1980
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M.S: Physics, Expected in 1982
John Carroll University - Cleveland, Ohio
ZEMAX short-course Tucson, AZ (1997).: , Expected in
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Maria Nadal, Dave Wyble, and Jessica. Claire, "Color and Appearance", in Spectrophotometry: Accurate Measurements of Optical Properties of Materials. Germer, Zwinkels, and Tsai eds., Academic Press, 2014. Heather J. Patrick, Jessica. Claire, and Thomas A. Germer, "The NIST Robotic Optical Scatter Instrument (ROSI) and its Application to BRDF Measurements of Diffuse Reflectance Standards for Remote Sensing", Proc. SPIE 8866 (2013). Heather J. Patrick, Jessica. Claire, Thomas A. Germer, Victor A. Ying, Catherine A. Cooksey, and Benjamin K. Tsai, "Tunable supercontinuum fiber laser source for BRDF measurements in the STARR II gonioreflectometer", Proc. SPIE 8495 (2012). M. Nadal, C.C. Miller, and C. Claire, "Reflectance Factor Measurement Systematic Errors Due to Near Infrared Fluorescence". Color Research & Application, n/a. doi: 10.1002/col.20614 Jessica. Claire and Heather J. Patrick, "Supercontinuum Fiber Laser Source for Reflectance Calibrations in Remote Sensing," Proc. SPIE 7807, 78070
Additional Information
  • PATENTS 4,728,191 - Issued March 1, 1988 - "Divided Interferometer Employing a Single 3x3 Coupler/Splitter" 4,800,267 - Issued January 24, 1989 - "Optical Fiber Microbend Horizontal Accelerometer" 4,868,495 - Issued September 19, 1989 - "Fiber-Optic Current Transformer" 5,459,600 - Issued October 17, 1995 - "Optical Telecommunications System Employing Multiple Phase-Compensated Optical Signals" 5,606,446 - Issued February 25, 1997 - Continuation-in-Part # 5,459,600
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School Attended

  • American University
  • John Carroll University

Job Titles Held:

  • Research Physicist
  • Optical Engineer


  • Ph.D
  • B.S
  • M.S
  • ZEMAX short-course Tucson, AZ (1997).

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