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Optical Systems Architect/Technical Lead

At SA Photonics, we specialize in the design, development and manufacturing of complex, state-of-the-art communications systems for military, space and commercial applications.  SA Photonics has a small team of highly experienced engineers and scientists and we are currently looking for an Optical System Architect to join our team. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop innovative technical solutions for state-of-the-art optical communication and sensing systems
  • Design and analysis of optical systems, including developing optical designs, analyzing system performance and selecting key optical components.
  • Development of optical system and sub-system level requirement and specification documents
  • Writing proposals and white papers related to optical communication and sensing systems
  • Providing technical leadership on programs
  • Provide technical marketing support through customer briefings and conference presentations
  • Simulating and characterizing optical designs and optical system using ZEMAX and/or other tools.

  The successful candidate will have most, if not all, of the following qualities/experience:

  • MSEE or Ph.D with 10+ years experience in the development of optical systems.
  • Strong background in developing both active and passive optical systems.
  • Good understanding of beam steering and beam control systems desired
  • Familiarity with free-space optical communication systems is desired.
  • Experience with ZEMAX or other optical design tools.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage small programs and small technical teams
  • Self-motivated and self-directed individual, with little supervision necessary



SA Photonics is headquartered in Los Gatos with a second office in San Carlos.  This position will be based in our Los Gatos office which has easy reverse commute access to HWY 85 and HWY 17.  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.

This will be a full-time, regular position


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

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