Photonics Hardware Manager
City : Ottawa
Category : Engineering
Industry : Telecommunications
Employer : Ciena
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Photonics Hardware Manager
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How You Will Contribute:
Ciena is the global market leader in optical networks. Our photonic systems are designed to deliver high capacity, flexibility, and value across a variety of network applications:
Key features of Ciena's photonic systems include:
1. Can scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes, from metro to long-haul distances.
2. Flexible and programmable, allowing network operators to adapt to changing network conditions and demands. This includes the ability to tune and adjust capacity, reach, and spectral efficiency in real time.
3. Designed for simplicity, with intuitive management and control interfaces that simplify network operations. This includes features such as real-time network health indicators and proactive network management tools.
4. Open and interoperable, allowing network operators to integrate them with existing network infrastructure and management systems.
We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Photonics Hardware Manager to join our team. This role will involve overseeing the design, development, and implementation of photonics hardware systems, including optical amplifiers, wavelength selective switching modules and other high-performance optical modules. The successful candidate will have a strong background in photonics or optical engineering and will be responsible for leading a team of engineers in the development of cutting-edge photonics technology.
Manage the design, development, and implementation of photonics hardware systems.
Lead a team of engineers, providing guidance and support as needed.
Collaborate with systems, software and optical performance teams to ensure the integration of photonics hardware with other system components.
Oversee the testing and analysis of photonics hardware and modules to ensure optimal performance.
Influence and drive advancements in the field of photonics across our suppliers and industry to ensure Ciena maintains a competitive edge.
Develop and manage project schedules, budgets, personnel and lab resources.
Ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations.
Troubleshoot and resolve photonic hardware issues on time.
Prepare and present technical reports to management, PLM and other teams in Ciena.
Bachelor’s degree in Photonics, Optical Engineering, or a related field. A Master’s degree or Ph.D. is preferred.
Proven experience in managing photonics or optical hardware projects.
Strong understanding of photonics principles and technologies. Working knowledge of hardware and software design.
Excellent leadership and team management skills.
Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills.
Ability to communicate complex technical concepts effectively.
Familiarity with industry standards and regulations.
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
The role is based in Ottawa (preferably) working in conjunction with the photonics systems and card software product development teams as well as other teams within the broader Optical Networks product delivery team.
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