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Astrodynamics Systems Engineer

Job ID: 2118449
Location: AURORA, CO, United States
Date Posted: Apr 19, 2022
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
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
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description

Description

SAIC is seeking an Astrodynamics 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 country’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 Astrodynamics Systems Engineer will work in a collaborative team-focused environment of Government civilians and contractors solving applied technical problems and developing useable solutions for multiple space-related capabilities and threats. The ideal candidate will:

  • Have considerable experience developing algorithms and engineering tools for IC and/or DoD satellite systems in Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) or Special Access Program (SAP) environments
  • Have an exceptionally strong mathematical and orbit analysis background
  • Be able to develop and execute your work assignments from general guidance and objectives provided by management

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Designing, developing, using and evaluating mathematical models, methods, and algorithms to manipulate large data sets and create engineering software tools to enable solving analytical questions or problems;   
  • Refining and enhancing existing engineering tools to make them more functional or usable by others
  • Generating or participating in orbital analyses or trade studies
  • Formulating and interpreting problems in mathematical or computational terms
  • Developing and maintaining in-depth knowledge of U.S. Space Domain Awareness (SDA) capabilities, as well as Foreign SDA capabilities and counter-space threats;
  • 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;

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Engineering or Math and 15 or more years of direct experience with modeling and simulation of satellites, space mission analysis, and astrodynamics
  • Active TS/SCI Clearance with Special Access eligibility and consent to a Counter Intelligence (CI) polygraph. US Citizenship is required
  • Hands-on experience with creating algorithms and engineering tools for processing  large data sets quickly and efficiently
  • Demonstrated proficiency using C/C++, FORTRAN and Systems Tool Kit (STK)
  • 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 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)
  • Proficiency using Orbit Determination Tool Kit (ODTK), MATLAB, Linux, and Java and Python
  • Overhead IMINT and/or SIGINT and geolocation experience



Target salary range: $200,001 - $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.

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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