• Mid-Level Photonics Engineer

    Job Location USA-MD-Hanover
    Posted Date 4 months ago(6/5/2018 8:26 AM)
    Job ID
    Required Clearance
    TS/SCI with Polygraph
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience.


    Requirements include:

    • Familiarity with photonic and telecommunications test equipment
    • Ability to design photonic systems using primarily COTS equipment, and perform a link budget to ensure proper functionality

    • Knowledge of optical transport protocols is PREFERRED 



    • BS in Optical Engineering, Optical Sciences and Engineering, Physics, or Electrical Engineering from an accredited major university and eight years of relevant design experience
    • MS in Optical Engineering, Optical Sciences and Engineering, Physics, or Electrical Engineering from an accredited major university and six years of relevant design experience
    • BS and/or MS in other major engineering disciplines from accredited major universities with relevant work experience may also be considered


    A current TS/SCI with Polygraph is required at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

    Responsibilities for this Position

    General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Mid-Level Photonics Engineer.  This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems.  General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.




    • Designs, develops, builds and tests systems and products based on optic, photonic and laser technologies 
    • Interacts with device, hardware and software 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
    • Substantial contribution to electrical and optical requirements analysis, requirements definition, requirements management, functional analysis, performance analysis (e.g. optical loss, timing, power, etc.), design, integration, and verification of electrical and optical components, equipment and systems 
    • Plans and leads root cause analysis for electrical and optical issues, conducts experimental tests, evaluates results to formulate and implement solutions to issues
    • Participates in design reviews of electrical and optical components, equipment and systems
    • Evaluates vendor capability to support product development


    • Proficient use and understanding of electro-optical engineering concepts, principles, and theories
    • Proficient in the principles and techniques of Optical Engineering including optical telecommunications
    • Proficient understanding of optical engineering processes
    • Keeps abreast of technology trends
    • Proficient in optical engineering design tools








    Company Overview

    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


    General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran


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