Sr. Optical Engineer
City : Ottawa
Category : Engineering
Industry : Telecommunications
Employer : Ciena
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How You Will Contribute:
Ciena is a leading supplier of optical line and transmission equipment. Join a diverse science and engineering team that invents, designs, and verifies Ciena’s next coherent transceivers.
Reporting to Senior Director, Optical Engineering and as a member of the WaveLogic science team you will contribute by means your ideation, design, modelling and coding skills in communication theory, statistics, digital signal processing, forward error correction, optical physics and/or optical transmission & performance measurements. We provide a learning environment that enables rapid progression to contributing membership in the team.
Optical transmission and performance measurement responsibilities
Design and run experiments to evaluate DSP algorithms and hardware for next-generation high-speed optical communication systems.
Analyze, document, communicate, and present the results from complex experiments and large data sets.
Support other Ciena teams through automation and analysis of optical experiments.
Create innovative solutions for experimental issues.
Automate, analyze, and visualize experimental data in MATLAB.
Create and perform simulations of experiments then validate predictions via measurement.
Analyze problems in your specific areas of knowledge, which would be a subset of: optical physics, communications theory, probability, and high-speed/RF electronics.
Independently plan and schedule work.
Test at 800 Gb/s and beyond in the lab.
Advanced technology demonstrations for customers.
Post-graduate degree in Math, Physics, or Engineering with focus on optical physics, DSP, or communications.
Must have experience working in a lab environment with optical and/or RF technologies.
Must have MATLAB experience.
Python experience is an asset.
Overall: Collaboration with stakeholders
Interface and collaborate with DSP, hardware, firmware, electro-optic, systems and lab teams.
Provide feedback & suggestions on existing designs; contribute ideas to improve design procedures.
Share expertise and best practices with lab teams.
Areas of Impact
Key DSP technology to enable state-of-the-art coherent optical modem and DWDM systems.
Verified models and supporting measurements that predict modem performance and define modem specifications, respectively.
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