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Optical System Engineer

Applied R&D
ION IP Optical Networks
2000000H52 Requisition #

Our IP/Optical Networks business group (ION) includes IP, optical and network automation technologies and related services sold to our communication service provider customers as well as adjacent markets including webscale companies and enterprises. Our comprehensive wide area networking (WAN) solutions enable our customers to build and operate automated, secure, and high-performance networks at massive scale – helping to interconnect people and things from any broadband access modality to – and among - edge clouds, central clouds, the Internet, and other services and data centers.

The ION IPR (IP Routing) division leads the industry with the best Network Processor technology (FP4 @ 2.4 Tb/s), QoS, parallel processing, Network Function Virtualization, and product quality. Products cover the spectrum from small CPE-devices supporting a few low-speed Ethernet links to carrier-class and datacenter-class systems supporting terabits of routing capacity. Our world-leading technology enables us to offer customers 400Gbps and 1Tbps links with unparalleled routing features.
As an Optical System Engineer in the IP Routing group, you will be responsible for: the development and qualification of new photonics hardware; the integration of optical transceiver for the Service Router product line; the maintenance of hardware and systems integrity. This position requires self-starters who can manage complex projects from concept through release to production. You will work with a high-end highly motivated team of engineering professionals and have major responsibly to drive the process of new product introduction.


  • Build up optical test beds to qualify pluggable optical transceivers
  • Foster constructive and collaborative relationships with external suppliers
  • Work with Hardware and Software teams, Product Line Management, and Compliance team to understand internal requirements
  • Work with Procurement, Business Development, and Commodity management to select external suppliers to meet Nokia’s request
  • Assist the development of specifications for optical modules
  • Plan and execute design verification testing
  • Minimum B.Sc or B.Eng in Electrical or Computer Engineering or Applied Physics
  • 2+ years of related industry experience
  • Fluent programming ability in Python, LabVIEW, MATLAB, or similar
  • Solid experience and knowledge in the integration and qualification of various photonic components, particularly high-speed pluggable optical transceivers
  • Working knowledge on various instruments like bit error rate tester, network traffic analyzer, digital communication analyzer, real time oscilloscope, and optical spectrum analyzer
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills 

The ideal candidate has the following qualities:

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience with network equipment or optical transport systems from vendors like: Nokia, Juniper, Cisco, Infinera, Ciena, etc.
  • Familiar with testing methods and specifications for NRZ / PAM4 signalling
  • Conversant with IEEE 802.3 standards, OIF implementation agreements, and MSA specifications
  • Comprehensive knowledge of coherent optical transceivers
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with competing priorities.

Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, we promote employment equity and encourage women, aboriginal persons, persons with a disability or members of a visible minority group to apply.

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