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Space Systems Engineer

SA Photonics, Inc. Los Gatos, CA

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
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 System Engineer with a background in developing space based optical systems to join our team. Responsibilities include:

  • Design and analysis of end-to-end space-based optical systems, including defining space environmental requirements for different mission parameters
  • Development of system level and sub-system level requirement and specification documents
  • Support design analysis of optical systems to insure performance is maintained over all expected operating systems and mission lifetime, including lifetime degradation
  • Support specifying optical, electrical and mechanical component selection
  • Develop and implement space qualification process of optical systems

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

  • 10+ years experience developing space based optical systems, with proven track record of flight heritage systems
  • Strong understanding of space environments and developing space based systems.
  • Good understanding of electronic, optical, and mechanical systems
  • Familiarity with free-space optical and/or RF communication systems is desired.
  • Experience with qualifying systems for space
  • 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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SA Photonics, Inc.


Los Gatos, CA
95032 USA



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