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Date Added: Wed 26/05/2021

Communications Systems Engineer

Los Gatos, CA, US
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Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

Job Description

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. Our products include optical as well as RF communication systems. SA Photonics has a small team of highly experienced engineers and scientists and we are currently looking for a Communications System Engineer to join our team.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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
  • Development of electrical, mechanical and software Interface Control Documents
  • Simulating and characterizing communication algorithms and analyzing system test results using MATLAB.
  • Writing proposals and technical reports related to communication systems

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 and/or free-space optical communication systems.
  • Strong background in communication theory and signal processing, as well as strong understanding of practical system performance limitations.
  • Good understanding of electronic, optical, and mechanical systems
  • Familiarity with RF communication systems is desired.
  • 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


SA Photonics is located 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, 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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