Principal Electro-Optical Engineer


San Diego, CA, US, 92127

DRS Daylight Solutions business provides industry-changing mid-infrared laser light technology for government and commercial markets, including: defense and security; life sciences; and industrial process control. As a mid-IR technology pioneer, Daylight Solutions has delivered more mid-IR systems to more applications world-wide than any other company.


At DRS Daylight Solutions, you will be eligible for competitive pay, great benefits, including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k match, 9/80 work schedule, and Tuition Assistance. Our Daylight family-oriented culture allows you to receive hands-on training, professional development, career advancement and exposure to the latest and greatest technology, where our motto is "To protect with Light". Come join the family!


Job Summary


In your first year as a Principal Electro-Optical Engineer at Daylight, you will work with a highly interdisciplinary engineering team, developing and building novel, complex electro-optical systems. Combining your leadership skills, technical acumen, and guided by customer requirements, you will support the transition of new technologies into new products. You will work with complex electro- optical products that include lasers, detectors, embedded control, analog electronics, optics, and highly refined mechanics and packaging. You will work with a highly talented, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary engineering team to address problems and create solutions that help deliver new products into the marketplace.

Job Responsibilities


  • Provide technical input to cross-functional development team in architecting, developing, testing, and analyzing complex electrical-optical systems.
  • Provide subject matter expertise in developing and evaluating system architectural trades in alignment with customer requirements and project constraints.
  • Own system electro-optical link budget and related requirement flow-down including detector sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio calculations.
  • Understand interplay of mechanical, thermal, electrical, and optical designs and components, and their interactions in a system to meet performance requirements.
  • Support development of flow-down system requirements as informed by system modeling efforts.
  • Participate in design starting from theoretical analysis and models to hands-on realization of deliverable hardware.
  • Support, communicate, reinforce, and defend the mission, values, and culture of the organization.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or related technical field with minimum 10 years of experience, preferably in optical or laser-related industry
  • Experience with detector & imager signal/image processing methods and related technologies Experience in optics and lasers: Involved with the overall development of laser-based optical systems. Collaborate with hardware design teams in selecting, designing, procuring, and qualifying components. Develop performance models and support development of test procedures in coordination with software & firmware teams. 


The pay scale for this position is $143,230/year - $220,812/year. The pay scale information is a general guideline only. When extending an offer of employment, DRS Daylight Solutions considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position; any Federal Government contract labor categories and contract wage rates, the candidate’s relevant work experience, education/training, certifications, and key skills; internal equity; and market and business considerations.


Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #LI-SF1  


Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

The DRS culture is defined by our Core Values and Principles: 

- Integrity
- Agility
- Excellence
- Customer Focus
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Innovation

We strive to uphold them in all aspects of our business practices to inspire our employees and provide outstanding support for our customers.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

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Nearest Major Market: San Diego