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Photonics / Electro-Optics Engineer

General Dynamics Mission Systems
$152,420.00 - $169,000.00
parental leave, flex time, 401(k)
United States, Maryland, Annapolis Junction
January 29, 2024
Basic Qualifications

Requires a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, or a related Science, Engineering or Mathematics field. Also requires 8+ years of job-related experience, or a Master's degree plus 6 years of job-related experience.

CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS: Ability to obtain a Department of Defense TS/SCI security clearance 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

As a Senior Advanced Optics Engineer, you'll design, develop, build and test systems and products for advanced photonic and laser technologies.The breadth of these projects includes technologies for application in free-space optical (FSO) and fiber communications, photonic integrated circuits, active and passive optical remote sensing and imaging, microwave photonics and quantum technologies.

This position involves interacting with device, hardware and software design teams to assist in the overall development of photonic 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. You won't just be working on the cutting-edge, you'll help define it for the world.

What you'll experience:
  • Technologies that aren't just top-notch, they're often top-secret
  • A team of bold thinkers committed to exploring what's next
  • Opportunities to gain new knowledge - as it's discovered
What you bring to the table:
  • A 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
  • Solid experience in the use of optical and electrical engineering concepts, principles, and theories
  • Strong knowledge of telecommunication applications and electrical engineering design tools
  • Ability to recognize and clearly report information relevant to sound electro-optical engineering design
  • Experience with optical and RF test and measurement equipment and laboratory tools
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following: Matlab, Lumerical, Zemax, VPI, Python, C/C++, and/or LabView
What sets you apart:
  • Ability to think creatively and multi-task
  • Ability to frequently contribute to the development of new optical theories and methods
  • Keeps abreast of technology trends
  • Outstanding communication skills

Our Commitment to You:

  • An exciting career path with opportunities for continuous learning and development.
  • Research oriented work, alongside award winning teams developing practical solutions for our nation's security
  • Flexible schedules with every other Friday off work, if desired (9/80 schedule)
  • Competitive benefits, including 401k matching, flex time off, paid parental leave, healthcare benefits, health & wellness programs, employee resource and social groups, and more
  • See more at gdmissionsystems.com/careers/why-work-for-us/benefits


Target salary range: USD $152,420.00/Yr. - USD $169,000.00/Yr. This estimate represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors (geographic location, etc.). Actual pay may vary. This job posting will remain open until the position is filled.

Company Overview

At General Dynamics Mission Systems, we rise to the challenge each day to ensure the safety of those that lead, serve, and protect the world we live in. We do this by making the world's most advanced defense platforms even smarter. Our engineers redefine what's possible and our manufacturing team brings it to life, building the brains behind the brawn on submarines, ships, combat vehicles, aircraft, satellites, and other advanced systems.

We pride ourselves in being a great place to work with this shared sense of purpose, committed to a diverse and exciting employee experience that drives innovation and creates a community where all feel welcome and a part of something amazing.

We offer highly competitive benefits and a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. To see more about our benefits, visit

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