Senior Lead Optical Communications Engineer | Enlightened Integration LLC


Posted: 29-May-23

Location: Jessup, Maryland

Type: Full Time



Job Function:


Technical Division:

Fiber Optics Technology (PF)

Optical Communications (PC)

Systems and Instrumentation (FS)

Years of Experience:


Salary Details:

We offer competitive salary, relocation, and health benefits.

Required Education:


Additional Information:

Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Internal Number: 595-2B

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 Jessup, MD. 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 SENIOR LEAD OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEER candidate will do the following:

  • Generate/propose engineering designs and architectures

  • Generate/review methods of procedures and standard operating procedures used in SFOC system operations and sustainment activities

  • 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

  • Contribute to 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 ideal SENIOR LEAD OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEER candidate has the following:

  • A M.S. degree in a related STEM field

  • 10 years of experience in submarine fiber optic cable systems or related areas

  • Familiarity with fiber-optic transmission design principles and how they impact wet/dry equipment design 

  • Prior experience with several of the critical wet plant subsystems (E.g., fiber, cable, repeaters, etc.) and dry plant subsystems (E.g., power feed equipment, line terminal equipment, etc.)

  • An understanding of transmission performance penalties and margin budgets

  • Experience in translating performance requirements into system (or subsystem) production, test, and operational requirements

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

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

  • Familiarity with the properties of key optical elements within system line terminal equipment, such as multiplexers/demultiplexers, repeaters, branching units, reconfigurable optical add/drops, etc.

  • Prior hands-on use (I.e., installation, operations, maintenance, provisioning) of submarine line terminal equipment a plus

  • General knowledge of optical transponder functionality and communications protocols supported (E.g., 10GE, OTN, FEC, etc.)

  • Prior leadership of small development teams in related system or subsystems helpful 

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

The candidate is required to be a U.S. Citizen and to have a top-secret security clearance at commencement of work. Candidates with existing clearances are preferred, but clearance sponsorship can be considered (note in this case that US Citizenship still required). Candidates in the work site region are preferred, but relocation can 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 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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