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Free Space Optical Communication System Engineer

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 communication system engineer to support our Free-Space Optical communication system developments. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide technical leadership on free-space optical communication system development programs
  • Define system architectures and system requirements for state-of-the-art optical and free-space optical communication systems
  • Design and analysis of end-to-end optical communication systems, including developing system link and impairment budgets, and performing simulation and analysis to ensure end-to-end performance requirements are met.
  • Development of system level and sub-system level requirement and specification documents
  • Writing proposals and white papers related to optical communication and sensing systems
  • Provide technical marketing support through customer briefings and conference presentations

  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, opto-mechanical and/or free-space optical communication systems.
  • Strong background in communication theory, signal processing, and/or control systems as well as strong understanding of practical system performance limitations.
  • Good understanding of electronic, optical, and mechanical systems
  • Experience with MATLAB or other simulation 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


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

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