Principal Optical Network Architect

Website Applied Network Solutions, Inc.



Position description:

The Principal Optical Network Architect will be the subject matter expert supporting network integration and engineering services on optical communications engineering transport solutions.


  • Develop test plans, studies, evaluation criteria for test and evaluation of optical networks
  • Conduct trade space analysis for technology solutions
  • Evaluate new network technologies and make recommendations to project managers regarding integration of these technologies into the existing network(s)
  • Conduct lab testing of software and new hardware
  • Conduct routine open source research on trends and new products in the fiber optic telecommunications industry and report on the impacts of new technologies on current and future customer programs


  • Advanced knowledge in network design, network architecture, protocols, and network topology
  • Knowledge of optical network technology such as, Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM), Synchronous Optical Network (SONET), Optical Transport Unit (OTU), and Optical Data Unit (ODU)
  • Knowledge of optical network protection schemes
  • Excellent technical writing and oral communications skills


  • Master’s plus 10 years of relevant experience or Bachelor’s in Network Engineering, Systems Engineering, IT or related field  plus 15 years of relevant experience


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