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Senior Optical Engineer


Job Title: Senior Specialist, Optical Engineer

Job ID: SAS20232408-105169

Job Location: Herndon VA.

Job Description:

Essential Functions:

  • Design, analyze, modify, test, and evaluate optical communications systems.
  • Design, analyze, modify, and test system level components.
  • Work closely with customers as an optical communication system subject matter expert.
  • Train customers in subject matter expertise
  • Select components and equipment based on analysis of specifications.
  • Perform simulations and present design reviews to peer engineers.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering and minimum 6 years of prior relevant experience or a Graduate Degree and a minimum of 4 years of prior related experience.
  • 4+ years of experience using MATLAB for test automation and data reduction.
  • 4+ years of experience in photonics systems and components
  • 4+ years of experience using optical communication system test equipment.
  • 4+ years of experience with lab automation using programs such as LabView, C#, or Python
  • A TS//SCI clearance with poly is required for the position.

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Digital Lightwave Communications: Physical layer systems, components (EDFA, Modulators, SFPs, Switches, etc.), and modules for optical communication systems
  • Photonic Modeling: Ability to model photonic systems using one or more of the following software packages: MATLAB, OptSim, BeamProp, Zemax, HFSS