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Senior Optical Engineer

At SA Photonics, we specialize in the design, development and manufacturing of complex, state-of-the-art communications imaging, and display systems for military, space and commercial applications.  SA Photonics has a small team of highly experienced engineers and scientists and we are currently seeking a Senior Optical Engineer with the ability to develop complicated optical system designs to implement lasercom, LIDAR, head-mounted display, and hyperspectral imaging systems in the visible and infrared spectrum.


Responsibilities:

  • Support our lasercom, LIDAR, hyperspectral imaging and class-leading HMD designs by generating innovative technical solutions for these state-of-the-art systems
  • Design and analysis of optical systems, including developing optical architectures, analyzing system performance and selecting key optical components.
  • Simulating and characterizing optical designs and performing tolerance analyses using ZEMAX and/or other tools.
  • Support integration of complex systems involving optics, fiber optics, electronics, software, firmware, and mechanical sub-assemblies.
  • Support the mechanical engineering and system engineering leads with the opto-mechanical system design.
  • Oversee the development of optical component, subassembly, and system inspection and test methodology and support transfer to production personnel.
  • Interface with optical component suppliers and support the quote and order process during prototype development.
  • Support new business proposals with preliminary optical designs ideas and performance simulations

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

  • MS or Ph.D with 10+ years’ experience in the development of optical systems, or BS with equivalent experience.
  • Strong background in developing both active and passive optical systems.
  • Expert level experience with ZEMAX or other optical design tools.
  • Experience in tolerance analysis, stray light analysis, environmental analysis
  • Hands-on and laboratory skills in building, testing, validation, and troubleshooting of optical, fiber optic, electrical, and/or mechanical subsystems.
  • Familiarity with beam steering and beam control systems a plus.
  • Familiarity with free-space optical communication systems a plus.
  • Space-based hardware experience a plus
  • 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

Benefits

SA Photonics is headquartered in Los Gatos, which has easy reverse commute access to HWY 85 and HWY 17.  SA Photonics provides competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefit package, matching 401k, Employee stock ownership plan 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

Citizenship

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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