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Space Systems Engineer

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Job ID: 2200827
Location: AURORA, CO, United States
Date Posted: Mar 29, 2022
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems 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
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a 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 experience with IC and/or DoD satellite system development or operations
  • Excel at performing analysis and trade-off studies applying appropriate scientific and engineering processes to all phases of the space system life-cycle
  • Be motivated by problem solving and development of the range of solutions, over system development

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;
  • Contributing to CONOPs development 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 5 or more years (3 or more with a Masters) of direct experience with the space segment of IC or DoD programs
  • 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)
  • 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

COVID Policy: Prospective and/or new employees are 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. Where work is performed strictly at a customer site, customer site vaccination requirements preempt SAIC's vaccination policy.
Target salary range: $125,001 - $150,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.


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.

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