Chief Optical Engineer | Enlightened Integration LLC


Posted: 09-Dec-22

Location: San Diego, California

Type: Full Time



Job Function:


Technical Division:

Fiber Optics Technology (PF)

Optical Communications (PC)

Years of Experience:


Salary Details:

We offer competitive salary and benefits.

Preferred Education:


Additional Information:

Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Internal Number: 590-2A

Company Overview: Enlightened Integration LLC provides consulting services associated with the design, installation, operations, and maintenance of submarine fiber optic networks. We are looking for senior professionals in submarine fiber optic cable (SFOC) systems for a work location near San Diego, CA. We offer competitive salary and benefits packages.

Enlightened Integration LLC is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.


The ideal CHIEF OPTICAL ENGINEER candidate has the following characteristics:

  • A Ph.D. in related STEM field

  • 15 years of experience in submarine fiber optic cable systems or related marine communications areas

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Experience with SFOC system wet and dry plant critical systems and design principles

  • An understanding of SFOC transmission performance penalties and margin budgets

  • Experience in translating customer needs into SFOC system production, test, and operational requirements

  • Familiar with control plane functionality, including the use of Craft Terminals, Element/Network Management Systems, overhead and wayside channels, etc.

  • Understands the properties of key optical elements within SFOC elements, such as multiplexers/demultiplexers, repeaters, branching units, reconfigurable optical add/drops, etc.

  • Prior hands-on experience with submarine line terminal equipment (I.e., installation, operations, provisioning, maintenance)

  • Understands general optical transponder functionality and communications protocols supported (E.g., 10GE, OTN, FEC, etc)

  • Prior leadership of small or large development teams in related SFOC system or subsystems helpful but not required

  • Experience in gauging the performance of SFOC systems using common industry metrics (E.g., Q-factor, BER, OSNR, etc.)




The ideal CHIEF OPTICAL ENGINEER candidate must be able to perform the following functions:

  • Translate customer needs into system requirements

  • Generate/propose system engineering designs and architectures

  • Generate and maintain system engineering documentation to guide acquisitions and acceptance activities (including providing design and test objectives)

  • Review and assess third-party support agreements and statements of work

  • Develop Cost Estimates, Affordability Analysis, Analysis of Alternatives, Courses of Action, and other system engineering artifacts

  • Able to support occasional travel (15% est.)

  • Participate in integrated project teams supporting system development


The career position is full time, and the work is to be performed on site (no telework).  The candidate is required to be a U.S. Citizen and have a top-secret security clearance at commencement of work. Candidates with existing clearances are preferred, but clearance sponsorship can be considered. Candidates in the work site region are preferred, but relocation will be considered. Also, the candidate is expected to adhere to all COVID-related rules and practices associated with vaccinations, reporting, etc. that are required by US State and Federal officials.

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About Enlightened Integration LLC

Enlightened Integration LLC provides consulting services in critical technology areas associated with the design, installation, operations, and maintenance of submarine fiber optic cable (SFOC) systems. Our employees are experienced subsea optical communications professionals who are excellent communicators who can capture customer needs and translate them into actionable system requirements. We offer competitive salary and benefits packages and encourage visitors to our website to review the current list of additional career opportunities.

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