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Systems Engineer - Test Lead

At SA Photonics, we specialize in the design, development and manufacturing of complex, state-of-the-art communications, laser electro-optic, vision and mechanical systems for military, space and commercial applications.  Some of our products and technologies include optical communication systems for fiber, free-space and underwater applications, LIDAR systems, fiber laser systems, and head mounted display systems for military and commercial applications.

We are currently looking for a Systems Engineer to lead verification efforts on critical programs. The ideal candidate will have experience analyzing requirements, planning verification strategies, documenting and executing verification procedures, and generating test reports.

This job demands creative thinkers willing to learn new skills on the fly, stretch themselves, and develop new areas of expertise. You will be asked to work with a variety of engineering disciplines to understand and define the verification and validation plans for systems of varying maturity, from proof-of-concept through production-release.

This will be a full-time, regular position.

Citizenship:  Due to the nature of much of the work we do, this position is restricted to U.S. Citizens or permanent residents only.

Key Areas of Responsibility Include:

  • Collaborating with other system / hardware / software engineers to define, capture, and flow down system requirements to subassemblies and components
  • Holistically evaluating, planning, and executing system verification tests at various levels of integration, to ensure all system requirements are being met
  • Designing, assembling, and testing specialized test configurations / equipment in support system verification needs
  • Debugging prototype systems in the laboratory, utilizing standard lab equipment (oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, bit error testers, etc.) as needed
  • Integrating various components to create proof-of-concept systems / subassemblies

The successful candidate will have the following qualities/experience:

  • BSEE or MSEE with 8+ years of related work experience
  • A background in communication systems, signal processing, and/or optics
  • Experience in traditional system engineering disciplines (requirements definition, analysis, allocation and flow down, verification methodologies, test plan/procedure generation, etc.)
  • Hands-on laboratory skills to support initial system bring up, I&T, and performance characterization
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously while taking different roles in each team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

The following skills are highly desired but not required:

  • System concept / proof-of-concept development
  • System performance analysis
  • Software / script development
  • Program management basics (schedule generation & tracking, cost tracking)
  • Small team (3-5) leadership



SA Photonics is headquartered in Los Gatos.  Our office has easy reverse commute access to HWY 85 and HWY 17.  We also have easy access to the Los Gatos Creek Trail, where many of our staff enjoy cycling, running, and/or walking.  

SA Photonics provides competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefit package, matching 401k, and a flexible work schedule.  Our employees enjoy our small teams of very motivated engineers working on state-of-the art projects.

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