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Principal Space Lasers Engineer (Starlink)
Posted on 3/15/2022
INACTIVE
Locations
Redmond, WA, USA
Experience Level
Entry
Junior
Mid
Senior
Expert
Desired Skills
C/C++/C#
Leadership
Linux/Unix
Management
Python
Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in physics or an engineering discipline
  • 8+ years of experience in optics, photonics, laser technology, or precision mechanical design or testing
  • 3+ years of experience in a computer programming language (e.g. C++, LabVIEW, and/or Python)
  • Master's degree or PhD in physics or an engineering discipline
  • 3+ years of experience in a technical leadership position
  • Proficiency with optical analysis tools such as Zemax
  • Experience leading development of commercial communications products
  • Experience with hardware development for high-reliability applications
  • Experience with pointing, acquisition, and tracking
  • Ability to assess risk and make design and development decisions without all available data
  • Competence with optical test equipment (power meters, interferometer, laser sources)
  • Experience with infrared system alignment and characterization Experience with thermal, vacuum, and vibration test equipment
  • Competence with Python scripting and a Linux operating system environment
  • Knowledge of and experience in lasers, photodiodes, fiber optics, optics testing/troubleshooting techniques, and signal integrity principles
  • Knowledge of and experience in free-space optical principles, optical component testing/troubleshooting techniques, precision metrology techniques, manufacturing and integration processes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working extended hours and weekends as needed
  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here
Responsibilities
  • Apply optics and photonics knowledge to laser communication system development, including design, analysis, and validation
  • Represent the laser communications system in program-level, cross-disciplinary trades and issue resolution
  • Define requirements for high-data-rate laser communication systems in challenging environments
  • Lead laser communication architecture definition through internal trade studies, concept of operations definition, and risk reduction testing
  • Participate in validation testing, including environmental qualification, performance characterization, reliability testing, and fault injection testing
  • Review test data and lead anomaly investigation and resolution
  • Develop test plans and define test systems
  • Maintain link budgets, design specifications, and system capabilities data
  • Interface with manufacturing and supply chain teams to ensure final designs can be produced in accordance with overall project goals
  • Collaborate with software and automation teams to develop test and production scripts and tools
  • Represent laser communications systems for reliability and risk discussions with internal reliability teams, management, customers, and vendors
SpaceX

10,001+ employees

Designs, manufactures, & launches rockets and spacecrafts
Aerospace
Transportation
Company mission
SpaceX's mission is to make humanity multiplanetary. The company is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.
Benefits
  • Benefits and Perks - Our employees’ well-being is important to us and essential to our capacity to do extraordinary things. We offer a wide variety of programs to support the health, wellness, and financial security of our employees and their families.
Company Values
  • Make History - SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company capable of returning a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, and in 2012 our Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station. And in 2020, SpaceX became the first private company to take humans there as well.
  • Reusability - SpaceX believes a fully and rapidly reusable rocket is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access. The majority of the launch cost comes from building the rocket, which historically has flown only once.
  • Landing - SpaceX’s family of Falcon launch vehicles are the first and only orbital class rockets capable of reflight. Depending on the performance required for the mission, Falcon lands on one of our autonomous spaceport droneships out on the ocean or one of our landing zones near our launch pads.