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Optical Systems Engineer

Job ID: 2115029
Location: CHANTILLY, VA, United States
Date Posted: Oct 14, 2021
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI with Poly
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description

Description

Join a winning team!  SAIC’s National Security and Space (NSS) Sector is currently hiring for a customer within the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, VA. This customer is responsible for designing, building, and operating national security-related systems based in space, in the air, and on the ground. SAIC is a strong company providing opportunities for energetic individuals with a strong desire to expand their knowledge while increasing their responsibilities.   

SAIC is seeking an Optical Engineer to provide Systems Engineering and Technical Advisory (SETA) services to a Government Intelligence Community (IC) customer for a complex space and ground efforts as part of an exciting and innovative set of programs. 

The Optical Engineer supports the System Program Office (SPO) in a technical capacity for planning, execution, monitoring, and oversight of optical systems development and acquisitions that advance the National Reconnaissance Office’s (NRO) space resiliency posture.  The Optical Engineer is an individual contributor and member of a team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) that work to support the Government through lifecycle systems engineering and management processes to deliver desired capabilities and meet overall program objectives.  Specifically, the Optical Engineer will serve as on-site Systems Engineering and Technical Advisor (SETA) to:  

  • Oversees design and development of electro-optical systems and components, including telescopes, electro-optics, detector, and lasers across the application spectrum from space satellites to ground-based sensors
  • Applies complex optical specifications, tolerances, simulations, and test procedures for electro-optical systems and components
  • Assists the Government in developing concept of operations (CONOPS) and approaches to employment of optical systems
  • Ensures research and development (R&D) efforts are planned and conducted on sound engineering practices including management of technical risks
  • Provides technical support to Government customer activities and programmatic processes
  • Develops documents and briefings to communicate work or study status, briefs Government and industry as required
  • Develops electro-optical models to inform Government systems engineering trades
  • Supports Contract Officer Technical Representatives (COTRs) and Developers by coordinating with other technical domain SMEs and program stakeholders to achieve a detailed understanding of the systems, designs, and interfaces necessary to satisfy mission requirements 
  • Provides oversight of acquisitions, with specific focus on the optical systems elements, functionality, interfaces, manufacture, build, test, and operations to ensure end-to-end system closure and satisfaction of mission need
  • Reviews Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) deliverables to ensure content, technical accuracy, and sufficiency of design details to meet program requirements and objectives
  • Participates in technical interchange meetings between developers and COTR

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelors and nine (9) years or more experience; Masters and seven (7) years or more experience ; PhD or JD and four (4) years or more experience. 

  • Knowledge of how electro-optical systems are designed, specified, developed, manufactured, and tested
  • Experience in advanced technology research and development, including testing and demonstrations
  • Knowledge and experience in IC/DoD acquisition process
  • Working knowledge of MS Office applications, MatLab, and optical modeling software
  • Effective communication, coordination, and customer engagement skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic, and team environment  
  • Must possess an active TS/SCI clearance with Counter-Intelligence polygraph 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge and experience in NRO acquisition process
  • Current NRO-adjudicated clearance and polygraph 

COVID Policy: Prospective and/or new employees will be required to adhere with SAIC's vaccination policy. All SAIC employees must be fully vaccinated and they must submit proof of vaccination on their first day of employment. Prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement at Contact Us and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Customer site vaccination requirements, if more strict, will take precedence over SAIC's vaccination policy.


Overview

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 more than 26,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a respectful work culture based on diversity, equity, and inclusion that values all contributors. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $7.1 billion. For more information, visit saic.com.

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