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Network Systems Engineer

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Job ID: 196308
Location: BOULDER, CO, United States
Date Posted: Nov 18, 2019
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Specialty Engr
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI with Poly
Potential for Teleworking: No

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Job Description



SAIC seeks an experienced principal level Communications and Network Systems Engineer to provide technical advisory support to the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Remote Sensing Systems Directorate (SMC/RS). SMC/RS acquires Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) and Weather space systems to support military and intelligence community users. The successful candidate will support technical communications systems solutions to provide a secure application development enclave. Extensive network and communications experience with systems engineering and systems development/test/integration is required and is required and knowledge of major US Government satellite programs is highly desired.


  • Apply network/comm engineering expertise to analyze system architectural needs to: 

    • Assist and advise on the engineering, design, integration and delivery of government and/or commercially provided communications services in support of program voice, video and data requirements.

    • Develop program strategies and plans for communications and network technology maturation through phased deliveries.  Analyze current comms system capabilities, emerging mission requirements, industry roadmaps, cyber-security initiatives, and future program plans to establish  an architecture strategic plan and provide recommendations for the development and deployment of specific solutions from a technical, cost and schedule standpoint.

    • Work with government communications service providers (DISA, Classified Host, AFSPC Networks) and commercial service providers (CenturyLink, AT&T, Verizon, Amazon) for ordering and delivery of services, understanding of their technology roadmaps, and management of program Service Level Agreements.

    • Support updates and upgrades to program networks to address obsolescence, vulnerabilities, technology insertion/demonstration, expansion, or system resiliency. This includes networks systems across the enterprise.

    • Assess communications systems and the relationship with Information Assurance, Cryptographic Systems, Data Processing, Storage Systems, Voice and Video systems, and emerging Cloud Services.

  • Critical skills include architecture/requirements definition/analysis, acquisition strategy, engineering/design, fielding/integration, and test/turnover.

  • Network security analysis and mitigation strategies

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills are mandatory.

  • Be forward looking, mission/customer focused and have a bias for action.

  • Work proactively, independently as a member of a highly effective technical team while developing approaches to solutions.



  • Must Possess TS/SCI
  • Must be willing to take polygraph



  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or IT Systems, or years of experience in lieu of.

  • Strong systems engineering background with technical expertise in communication theory, network protocols, and network management 

  • 9 years network/comm systems engineering experience with emphasis on communications and network systems

  • Application of communication systems engineering in a scalable virtual enclave

  • In-depth understanding of Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Model, with emphasis on Physical, Data Link, Network, Transport and Session layers

  • Knowledge of network design (e.g., LAN/WAN, routing protocols, routers) and protocols (e.g., IPv4, BGP, MPLS, VPN, IPSec, DNS) , Multicast routing

  • Layer 2 equipment, protocol and technology (switches, LACP, STP, VLANs)



    Practical knowledge of Transport, WAN, and LAN technologies 

  • Experience with government and commercial service providers

  • Knowledge of Information Assurance, Cyber technologies, and Security/Encryption systems for classified networks ranging from Unclassified to TS/SCI

  • Experience with DoD Risk Management Framework requirements and security tools (ACAS, HBSS)

  • CCNA/CCNP or equivalent Certified Systems Engineering Professional

  • Experience with OPIR sensors data feeds


Desired Qualifications



SAIC is a premier technology integrator, solving our nation's most complex modernization and systems engineering challenges across the defense, space, federal civilian, and intelligence markets. Our robust portfolio of offerings includes high-end solutions in systems engineering and integration; enterprise IT, including cloud services; cyber; software; advanced analytics and simulation; and training. We are a team of 23,000 strong driven by mission, united purpose, and inspired by opportunity. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.5 billion. For more information, visit For information on the benefits SAIC offers, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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