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Radar Engineer Chief

Job ID: 2308911
Location: AURORA, CO, United States
Date Posted: Aug 25, 2023
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Signal Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI with Poly
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description



SAIC is seeking a Radar Phenomenology Engineer to join the National Security and Space Sector (NSS). You would work on a joint Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD) crown jewel program providing highly specialized space/counter-space engineering, scientific, and analytical services from Aurora, Colorado. We support the Nation’s leading-edge IC and DoD space programs and offer compelling, deep-technical work that has direct influence and impact on program development and operations. Our team has Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) across a variety of disciplines, including physics, math, RF, optics, space acquisition and operations, and intelligence collection and analysis.

This Radar Phenomenology Engineer will work in a collaborative team-focused environment of U.S. Government civilians and contractors solving applied technical problems and developing usable solutions for multiple space-related capabilities and threats. The ideal candidate will:

·        Can conceptualize, synthesize, analyze, and assess the performance of ground and space-based radar systems, radar phenomenology, target signatures, and radar signal processing techniques 

·        Be motivated by problem solving and development of the range of solutions, over system development


Duties and responsibilities include:

·        Conducting specialized technical studies related to radar systems, targets, and data products to provide assessments and actionable solutions for program managers or satellite owner/operators

·        Leading and participating in complex physics-based modeling, simulation and analysis, and conducting technical trades

·        Developing and maintaining in-depth knowledge of U.S. national security space, foreign space, counter-space threats, and space surveillance and identification

·        Participating in and representing the customer in various Government and contractor meetings and attend contractor programmatic and technical reviews (e.g. PMR, PDR, CDR, etc.) to provide technical recommendations and risk assessments

·        Frequently interacting with program managers, SETAs, FFRDCs and external stakeholders

·        Developing productive relationships with the Program Office, Prime, and Subcontract counterparts, functional IC or DoD counterparts, and other SMEs



·        Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Physics or Engineering and  14 or more years (12 or more with a Masters) of direct experience with analysis and interpretation of radar systems and data

·        Proven experience in analytic problem-solving relating to the exploitation of radar data of space-objects, including familiarity with radar data products, signal processing techniques, and scattering phenomenology

·        Understanding of fundamentals of astrodynamics and space systems

·        Fluent in specialized software tools or programming languages relevant for space systems, such as Systems Tool Kit, MATLAB, Python, C++, or similar

·        Demonstrated record of effective individual and group work behaviors, with abilities to proactively initiate and operate in dynamic and incompletely defined environments

·        Strong written and verbal communication skills with experience conveying technical concepts, results, and summaries to internal customers, external customers, and stakeholders of diverse technical backgrounds

·        Active TS/SCI Clearance with Special Access eligibility and consent to a Counter Intelligence (CI) polygraph. US Citizenship is required

Strongly Desired Skills:

·        Master’s or Doctorate degree Physics or Engineering

·        Familiarity with US Intelligence Community resources and products

·        Experience with space system acquisitions or space technology developments

·        Experience with project or task technical leadership

Target salary range: More than $225,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

We are approximately 24,000 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which is core to our values and important to attract and retain exceptional talent. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.9 billion. For more information, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom.

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