Photonics Components Engineer


: $107,300.00 - $159,640.00 /year *

Employment Type



: Engineering

Business Group Highlights

Civilian, State and Local

Perspecta’s Civilian, State and Local segment partners with the U.S. Federal Civilian State and Local governments to provide infrastructure services, business solutions, and digital transformation services that help them achieve policy objectives and integrate citizen-centric services.  


Perspecta has an immediate need for a Photonics Components Engineer inPasadena,CA.

Support multiple space and science mission engineering programs for our customer. Role includes support of mission engineering programs and teams in various stages of prototyping to flight-ready hardware. Responsible for reviewing all Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical Parts (EEE) parts for reliability related performance and advises the projects on optical component & part selection; conducts scientific experiments or theoretical analysis to determine the physical behavior of photonic parts in a space-like radiation environment; oversees photonic parts procurement to ensure compliance with engineering requirements and maintains part inventories.

Role is highly integrated with mission engineering teams in using provided requirements from mission engineering teams to: Conduct market survey/product analysis for vendors and possible components/parts which have applicability, identify candidate components and parts likely to meet requirements. Work closely with mission engineering teams to select components and/or parts which support mission. Familiarity with space flight hardware requirements for extreme environmental conditions, component vendor roadmaps and vendor evaluation, component integration and testing and “off the shelf” component supplier industry for space mission is beneficial.


A BS/BA degree with 12 to 15 years’ experience or MS/MA degree with 10 to 13 years’ experience or 10+ years’ experience with a PhD.

  • Ability to evaluate, select and approve optical and photonic components and photonic ICs (PICs) from design, construction, quality and reliability perspectives for use in space missions.
  • Advise project management on highly complex electronic part selections that maximize reliability while considering schedule and cost constraints.
  • Develop part engineering specifications and drawings.
  • Interface with Mission Assurance Managers, Cognizant Engineers, and part manufacturers.
  • Work with manufacturers on new component development and lead resolution of technical issues in order to support project flight build.
  • Support technical surveys and audits of photonic part suppliers.
  • Perform statistical data analysis and risk assessments.
  • Disposition test and inspection failures, including those during screening, destructive physical analysis (DPA), lot qualification and receiving inspection.
  • Develop screening methods that effectively reduce risk in space and during manufacturing of magnetics components.
  • Understand potential failure mechanisms affecting photonic components and participate in failure investigations and reliability assessments.
  • Utilize the Part Acquisition and Review System (PARS) to review project parts lists and assess part compliance to project requirements.
  • Serve as an essential team member within the Group, ensuring part reviews, screening, and testing, and procurement meet project schedule.
  • Extensive understanding and experience required in the selection, procurement, manufacture, use and testing/screening of high reliability optical and photonic components for space-flight applications.
  • Strong working knowledge of photonic part properties, including photon generation, detection and manipulation through emission, transmission, modulation, signal processing, switching, amplification, and sensing elements.
  • Ability to multi-task with an established track record of meeting schedule milestones.
  • Work well with cross-functional teams with design engineers, line management and project management.
  • Deep understanding and substantial use of common computer tools.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Relevant experience in photonic technology including manufacturing or design.
  • Knowledge of NASA parts requirements including EEE-INST-002.
  • Contract Technical Management experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
Colorado Salary Minimum: $102,315.20 Colorado Salary Maximum:$218,712.00 The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position, and is just one component of Perspecta's total compensation package for employees. Other rewards may include annual bonuses, short- and long-term incentives, and program-specific awards. In addition, Perspecta provides a variety of benefits to employees.
About Perspecta

What matters to our nation, is what matters to us. At Perspecta, everything we do, from conducting innovative research to cultivating strong relationships, supports one imperative: ensuring that your work succeeds.  Our company was formed to bring a broad array of capabilities to all parts of the public sector—from investigative services and IT strategy to systems work and next-generation engineering.

Our promise is simple: never stop solving our nation’s most complex challenges. And with a workforce of approximately 14,000, more than 48 percent of which is cleared, we have been trusted to do just that, as a partner of choice across the entire sector.

Perspecta is an AA/EEO Employer - All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

As a government contractor, Perspecta abides by the following provision

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.  However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of the other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c).

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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