Optical Communications Engineer

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Company: Space Micro
Location: San Diego, CA

About Space Micro

Space Micro is a growing satellite subsystems company whose employees thrive in exciting and dynamic work environments. We focus on engineering to drive the design and manufacture of cutting-edge space technologies for the biggest names in the new Race to Space.

Have you dreamed of your work project orbiting Earth or landing on the moon?

Space Micro cameras and radios have been selected for multiple upcoming lunar and Artemis missions. Since 2002, we’ve amassed millions of hours of flawless space flight heritage for commercial, civil, scientific and defense missions in space. And, we rely on smart, talented, ambitious people to help us make that happen.

Space Micro offers a flexible and congenial work atmosphere. We collaborate and innovate on a fast-paced, project-oriented schedule that allows us to exceed customer expectations. We also understand the demands of both professional and personal/family responsibilities and strive to provide a work-life balance that rewards success.

If you are a self-starter with a mix of technical expertise, experience, and a strong motivation to achieve success on complex engineering projects, then take the next step and contact us. We offer competitive salaries, employee ownership, and a rewarding career.

About the Position:

Space Micro is looking for an optical communications engineer to support multiple laser communications efforts. This technical expert will support both modem and free space optics technology development.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with hardware, software and FPGA/DSP design teams to assist in overall development of optical systems, specifying, selecting and qualifying active and passive optical components, developing and benchmarking system performance models, developing and implementing test procedures and/or evaluating and selecting appropriate test instrumentation.
  • Coordinate and review modeling, simulation, and analysis of optical communication technologies, techniques, and operational concepts.
  • Optical engineering and design validation of an inter-satellite laser communication system, focusing on fiber-optic communication technologies.
  • Develop technical documentation including requirements, interface control, verification, and operation concept documents.
  • Support the development, coordination, and presentation for optical system design reviews (e.g. SRR, PDR, CDR, ORR, etc.).

Position Requirements

  • BS in Physics or Engineering with 10 years of experience or Ph.D. with 3 years of experience.
  • Deep Understanding of telecommunication systems principals and applications.
  • Direct working knowledge or demonstrated capacity to research and design optical communication systems that include the following.
  • Optimize EDFA for fiber optic communications.
  • Fiber-optic polarization filterization and control.
  • Fiber-optic optical wavelength filtering.
  • MZM principals, modulation techniques, phase bias control design.
  • APD/PIN specification and characterization.
  • DLI for DPSK demodulation.
  • DFB laser specification and characterization.
  • Hands-on experience with high-speed optical and electrical test equipment.
  • Experience in the satellite industry highly desirable.
  • All candidates must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent U.S. Residents. Space Micro is an equal opportunity employer.

Competitive with industry standard