Senior Principal Electrical Engineer

Principal Electrical Engineer

Adaptive Optics Associates - Xinetics (AOX), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSS) Business Venture, is currently seeking a Senior Principal Electrical Engineer to support our Xinetics program activities.

AOA-Xinetics designs, develops, and manufactures precision, advanced optical products and systems such as deformable mirrors, optical systems, adaptive optics control systems and silicon carbide optical structures for the U.S. Government, commercial customers, and U.S. defense prime and second-tier contractors. Markets for these technologies include civilian astronomy, semiconductor capital equipment, Defense ISR, and Directed Energy. Several potential direct and adjacent application areas also exist. The Company has substantial growth opportunities in support of many U.S. Government and NGSS business initiatives.

AOX delivers industrial photonics systems and development services for a variety of customers and applications. AOX excels in a range of applications from adaptive optical systems, deformable mirrors, wavefront sensors, precision actuators, to photonic systems that acquire and process data in real time for a variety of high availability applications. AOX's capabilities include lightweight passive and active hybrid CERAFORM silicon carbide optics and precision structures as well as large and small precision opto-mechanical systems supporting electronics and sophisticated controls software.

Position Description:
Reporting to the Xinetics Engineering Manager, the Principal Electrical Engineer will perform electrical design, analysis, test and existing product support for deformable mirror driver systems. As a member of an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists on different project assignments you will function as the technical lead and/or primary technical resource on project teams and hardware engineering activities. The successful candidate should have proven abilities in electronic hardware product design, design support to proposal development, product test definition, and requirement specification development; designing hardware that satisfies system requirements, documenting design approaches, detailing cable and CCA drawings to support the development, manufacture, and test of mirror driver systems.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Perform electrical engineering on multiple projects through all phases of development and manufacturing.
  • Using existing driver designs, develop new driver CCA designs that will survive airborne and space based environments
  • Perform schematic capture, board layout, and printed wiring design in Mentor Graphics DxDesigner
  • Ensure documentation rigor and all configuration management practice compliance
  • Collaborating with peers and other engineering disciplines in architecting, planning, designing and prototyping complex electromechanical and optical systems
  • Support the design and development of test equipment, fixturing and tools.
  • Complete tasks according to schedule, budget, cost, and design requirements
  • Develop ingenious and creative technical solutions to complex problems
  • Support transition to production and manufacturing engineering
  • Perform trade studies, design of experiments, assembly and testing of parts, components, and assemblies
  • Travel to customer and supplier sites as required


Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering required
  • 4 or more years' experience in analog, digital, and mixed electronic system design and the following:
    • Experience ruggedizing lab based designs for airborne and space applications
    • Modular design
    • Switching amplifiers, FET Drivers, DSP, 24 BIT switching drive signals
    • Low power design
    • RS-232, LVDS
    • Conduction and Convection thermal management
    • Design for reliability, manufacturing, test
    • Power supply
    • High speed backplane design
    • Low system latency
    • Closed loop PID Control
  • Demonstrates a solid understanding of Electrical design, analysis, and simulation best practices
  • Full lifecycle design experience of multilayer SMT printed circuit boards (PCBs)
  • Design for reliability, manufacturing, and test
  • Electrical testing, debug, and integration; familiarity with typical electrical test instrumentation
  • Able to analyze, problem solve, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Results-oriented with strong personal drive and ownership in meeting commitments
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Able to gain internal support, operate independently with limited supervision
  • Maintains a positive and professional attitude
  • Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint and Mentor DxDesigner
  • US Citizenship: If hired, the candidate will be subject to government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree + 7 years of experience
  • SOR422U, FPDP
  • SerDes data conversion
  • Xilinx FPGA development
  • Experience developing and delivering high reliability systems for the US Government
  • Advanced technical business or management degree
  • Active TS/SCI security clearance

Working Environment & Physical Demands:
  • An estimate of travel up to 10% may be required
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of times and light physical effort required

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