Engineer/Scientist needed for Laser Communication | Research Support Instruments, Inc


Posted: 27-Jan-23

Location: Lanham, Maryland

Type: Full Time




Job Function:


Technical Division:

Fiber Optics Technology (PF)

Fundamental Laser Sciences (OF)

Laser Systems (PL)

Optoelectronics (PO)

Years of Experience:


Salary Details:

Salary determined by experience.

Preferred Education:

4 Year Degree

Additional Information:

Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Research Support Instruments (RSI), located just outside of DC in Lanham, MD, is seeking an Engineer/Scientist with experience in free-space optical communication, bit error rate measurements, and amplification of communication signals (Erbium-doped fiber amplifiers).  Successful candidate will be working with signal generators, laser diodes and Mach-zender modulators to create  Pulse Position Modulation and Differential Phase Shift Keying communication signals. Candidate will be working with free-space optics,  coupling amplifier output into fiber optics, analyzing amplifier output, examining bit error rates and preparing the system for field deployment.  Optical fiber splicing experience is a plus.

This position may also support additional NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) programs performing systems concept development, design, analyses, hardware development, integration and test, operations, and data analysis.

Bachelor’s Degree in Physics or Engineering is required with higher degrees considered a plus.  Relevant experience is prioritized.

US Citizenship is required.  The position is located in the Washington DC area. Relocation is required.

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About Research Support Instruments, Inc

Research Support Instruments (RSI) provides research support and development services, systems engineering, and technical support services to government and industry customers. As a subsidiary of Physical Sciences Inc., RSI receives the employee benefits of a larger company while providing the inventive atmosphere of a small company. Our primary customers include the Naval Research Laboratory and NASA. From the highly-successful NRL Clementine lunar mapping mission to the NASA GOES-R and XGEO programs, RSI personnel have played key roles in Government and commercial space experiments and technology demonstrations.

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