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Optical Systems Project Engineer



Carlsbad, CA, USA · cape may, nj, usa
Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2023
About us

One team. Global challenges. Infinite opportunities. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. For more than 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the globe communicate. We’re looking for people who think big, act fearlessly, and create an inclusive environment that drives positive impact to join our team.

What you'll do

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity working hands on with the world’s most cutting-edge technologies? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment where you are challenged to design, setup and debug complex networks for government and military customers? Would you enjoy testing cutting-edge Free Space Optic (FSO) communication products while being part of the development team to improve the customer’s experience. Do you have a strong interest in pursuing business growth and innovation including understanding and contributing to business area strategies and developing a deep understanding of how to combine Viasat technologies and capabilities to address customer problems. Come join our team as an FSO Project Engineer Engineer. Viasat is a leader in providing practical solutions for difficult communication problems and we want you to be a part of our team.

The day-to-day

As a leader of one of our dynamic product development teams, you will use your engineering expertise and customer solution intelligence to design, implement, document, test, troubleshoot and deploy FSO communications solutions; diagnose and resolve complex problems, provide critical technical support, and maintain a variety of engineering skill sets. You will manage a spectrum of internal development, capital, and contract programs; across a variety of related technology. You must be able to digest new technology quickly, consensus build solutions to new challenges, engage with multiple customer groups and drive execution. You will have the opportunity to support the growth of the business not just through overseeing development of technology but also through supporting proposal development and customer engagement. You will architect new solutions and influence emerging technology to address customer challenges. You will be directly involved in a diverse number of communications programs and projects for US DoD customers as well as commercial applications. This fast-paced multi-tasking environment requires you to interact with a broad spectrum of program managers, hardware/software/project engineers and various internal support organizations on a regular basis. You will oversee the most complex optical and mechanical hardware problems. You will be empowered to research technological advancements and evaluate complex technologies to understand their potential. You will occasionally travel to participate in field work at customer sites internationally and domestically.

The ideal candidate will be located in either Carlsbad, CA or Tempe, AZ; however, this role may also be remote.

What you'll need

  • 5+ years’ experience with design, analysis, and prototyping of free space optical communication systems; including link budget analysis
  • 5+ years’ experience with system performance modelling using commercial software tools, such as MATLAB, Ansys, STK
  • 3+ years’ leading free space optical system development or production
  • 5+ years’ experience with free space optical systems requirements development
  • Experience with Agile development framework and practices
  • Management of multi-disciplinary teams over diverse geographical locations
  • Ability to manage proposal efforts and participate in ongoing business development
  • Masters Degree in engineering, physics, or related technical discipline
  • US government position. US Citizenship required
  • Active DoD Top Secret Clearance or willing to obtain when administratively feasible
  • Ability to travel up to 25%

What will help you on the job

  • PhD degree in a related technical discipline
  • Military Satellite Communications architecture experience
  • Experience with Government systems and service acquisition
  • Active TS/SCI clearance



Salary range

$141,150.00 - $229,150.00 / annually

At Viasat, we consider many factors when it comes to compensation, including the scope of the position as well as your background and experience. Base pay may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Additional cash or stock incentives may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the position offered. Learn more about Viasat’s comprehensive benefit offerings that are focused on your holistic health and wellness at
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