SAIC is seeking a Senior Space Systems 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 Space Systems Engineering 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:
- Have considerable experience with IC and/or DoD satellite systems in Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) or Special Access Program (SAP) environments
- Excel at performing analysis and trade-off studies applying appropriate scientific and engineering processes to all phases of the space system life-cycle
- Be able to develop and execute work assignments from general guidance and objectives provided by management
Duties and responsibilities include:
- Achieving detailed understanding of multiple satellite systems, designs, operations and classifications in order to make design or Concepts of Operations (CONOPs) recommendations;
- Developing and maintaining in-depth knowledge of U.S. Space Domain Awareness (SDA) capabilities, as well as Foreign SDA capabilities and counter-space threats;
- Identifying gaps and prioritizing recommendations to achieve program protection objectives
- Developing CONOPs for new capabilities that incorporate Government leadership intent and national policy and coordinate them across the affected organizations;
- Author, review, and coordinate empirical data collects and documents to facilitate Government decision making;
- Understanding complex modeling, simulation and analysis, and conducting technical trades to create actionable solutions for program managers, senior executives, and policy makers;
- Participating 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;
- Conducting tasking and collection of Space Object Surveillance and Identification (SOSI) data and participating in the subsequent data analysis function;
- 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;
- Repeated use and application of technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques;
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Engineering, or Mathematics and 10 or more years (7 or more with a Masters, 5 or more with a Doctorate) of direct experience with the space segment of IC or DoD programs in the SCI or SAP environments
- Active TS/SCI Clearance with Special Access eligibility and consent to a Counter Intelligence (CI) polygraph. US Citizenship is required
- Proven experience in core systems engineering and analysis disciplines and processes
- Ability to work effectively in team based environment including critical review of work products, as well as the individual environment with limited direction on how to accomplish assigned tasks
- Strong communication skills (technical writing, presentation development, team and customer interactions, etc)
- Demonstrated problem solving and critical thinking in complex and dynamic organizational environments
- Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and make objective, defendable work products with the information at hand
Strongly Desired Skills:
- Master’s or Doctorate Degree in Physics, Engineering, or Math
- Experience in satellite development factory or space system program office (SPO), particularity with Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO) systems
- Working knowledge of radar and/or optical technologies
- Familiarity with National Security Space architecture (IC and/or DoD)
Experience using Systems Tool Kit (STK), MATLAB, Linux, Python or COAST/FIST
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Target salary range: $215,001 - $225,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.
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