Fiber Optic Engineer

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Engineering

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 an FiberOptic Engineer, with the ability to develop complicated fiber optic system designs to implement lasercom, LIDAR and fiber MOPA laser systems.


  • Support our lasercom, LIDAR, and hyperspectral imaging designs by generating innovative technical solutions for these state-of-the-art systems
  • Design and analysis of fiber optic systems, including developing fiber optic architectures, analyzing system performance and selecting key optical components.
  • Oversee the development of optical component, subassembly, and system inspection and test methodology and support transfer to production personnel.
  • Interface with fiber optic component suppliers and support the quote and order process during prototype development.
  • 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 fiber optic routing and fiber tray system design.
  • Support new business proposals with preliminary fiber optic designs ideas and performance simulations
  • The successful candidate will have most, if not all, of the following qualities/experience:


  • BS or MS in Photonics Engineering, or equivlent, with 8+ years of experience in the design and development of fiber-based systems.
  • Demonstrated experience leading a fiber optic system design effort from requirements generation to prototype deliverable
  • Hands-on and laboratory skills in building, testing, validation, and troubleshooting of optical, fiber optic and opto-mechanical subsystems.
  • 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
  • Beneficial:

  • Space-based hardware experience
  • Familiarity with free-space optical communication systems a plus.
  • 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


    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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