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Senior Optical Communications Engineer

Herndon, VA
We are currently seeking a Senior Optical Communications Engineer to partner with one of our top clients as a 40-year trusted NASA partner and global leader in Laser and Electro-Optics Research and Development (R&D). Advanced Lasers, Lidars and Laser Communication Systems are all areas of expertise!

Fun Fact: NASA has flown a total of 6 Earth Sensing Space Lidars in its history, 3 of those 6 missions fully powered by our client's very own lasers and electronics!

This position is located in Herndon, VA and is a permanent and long-term opportunity offering solid benefits and stability, as well as RELOCATION ASSISTANCE if needed. (US Citizenship required. Security Clearance NOT required). 


Job Description:
As an optical communications engineer, you will be responsible for designing and building optical space terminals. Work includes:
  • Optical space lasercom systems design, leading hand-on building of space flight optical flight terminals and leading the performance and environmental verification testing for space.
  • Design and work with some of the smartest minds in engineering actively involved in current high-profile NASA and DOD missions.
  • You will use your direct hands-on experience to support the design, fabrication, and qualification of laser communication terminals, optical modems, and optical pointing and tracking systems.
  • Activities include: coordinating a multidisciplinary team of engineers to the successful completion of next generation laser communication terminals and optical modems while supporting multiple concurrent projects with a mix of short-duration flight programs and long-duration technology maturation programs.
Job Requirements:
  • MS or PhD. in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or other related engineering specialties with a minimum of 7 years direct hands-on designing, building, and characterizing optical systems.
  • Knowledge of telecommunications standards and industry best practices associated
  • Ability to design and execute experiments validating communications system performance and correlate the results with the expected performance.
  • Ability to lead space flight hardware builds.
  • Experience with modeling and simulation of optical systems using industry standard tools such as MATLAB, MATHCAD, ZEMAX or equivalent software tools
  • Developing and setting requirements and design tolerances
  • Experience with high-speed electrical circuits and radio frequency systems.
  • Strong communication and documentation skills for efficient multidisciplinary coordination
  • Ability to develop innovative solutions to complex challenges demonstrating ingenuity and creativity

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