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Electro Optical Engineer

Electro Optical Engineer

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US-CA-San Diego
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Leonardo DRS is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. Focused on defense technology, we develop, manufacture and support a broad range of systems for mission critical and military sustainment requirements, as well as homeland security.



Headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo S.p.A. which employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. We offer a competitive compensation package and a business culture, which rewards performance. For additional information on DRS, please visit our website at



DRS Daylight Solutions is a subsidiary of Leonardo DRS. Our mission at DRS Daylight Solutions is to be a leader in developing molecular detection, imaging and illumination systems for use in scientific research, life sciences, industrial process control, and defense applications. Mixed Generation Infrared Countermeasure Laser Systems. Multi-Spectral Beacons for Combat Identification. Sensors for Real-Time Liquid & Gas Phase Analysis. Mid Infrared Chemical Imaging.


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DRS Daylight Solutions culture is family oriented, innovative, and collaborative. We enjoy working hard and have fun doing it. Our purpose is to save lives with light.



Job Location: San Diego, CA

Position Summary:


The Electro Optical Engineer at Daylight will lead an R&D team developing novel laser components and systems and transitioning them into products. Incumbent will act as a technical and/or project lead, while at the same time contributing to the analysis, modeling, design, prototyping and testing of laser components and systems. As technical lead, this person will be responsible for keeping development projects on track through design, integration and test phases as well as for conducting formal reviews and writing reports and proposals. As individual contributor, this person will be responsible for requirement flow-down, electro-optical design, interface with critical component suppliers, planning and execution of integration and test. Additionally, this person will be solving complex problems requiring deep understanding of material science and laser technology and excellent problem-solving skills across the company and contribute to IP, publications and business development.







Duties and Responsibilities:

•Individually responsible for major portions of complex development projects•Develop and manage development project plans including key deliverables, timeline, and budget•Serve as technical lead on development teams: make key technical decisions, responsible for compliance to requirements, conduct design reviews, assure quality of the design artifacts•Serve as integration and test lead for the laser systems and EO sub-systems ranging from early concepts to product prototypes to initial production units

•Act as principle investigator on contract R&D awards.

•Support and occasionally lead the writing and review of new contract submissions

.•Responsible for evaluation of failure modes, conducting root cause analysis and implementation of corrective actions for the company products

•Interact effectively and efficiently as part of a multi-member, multi-function team, as well as with customers and suppliers, write reports and contribute peer reviewed publications and invention disclosures

•Communicate clearly (written and oral) with manufacturing, supply chain, program management and the customer as required

•Support, communicate, reinforce and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization

•Attend appropriate engineering, customer or business meetings



Basic Qualifications:

•Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related technical field with a minimum of 8 years of experience, 5 years in an optical/laser related industry is preferred

•U.S. Citizenship required

•Active security clearance required

•Knowledge of semiconductor laser technology, laser and optical design and modeling, optical components and materials from UV to IR, optical metrology and measurement equipment

.•Understanding of mechanical, thermal, electrical, and optical designs and components, and their interactions in a system to meet performance requirements.

•Programming skills: Matlab, Labview, Python or C++

•Working knowledge of optical design software

•Hands-on experience in the development, prototyping, testing or transfer to production of complex EO/Mechanical systems.

•Appreciation and practice for engineering process rigor appropriately applied based on product/process maturity.


Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #DLS