SAIC has a need for a Space Optical Communications Systems Engineer to provide systems engineering and technical advisory services (SETA) to a rapidly expanding Government Intelligence Community (IC) 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.
Job responsibilities that may include but not limited to the following:
- Supports the System Program Office (SPO) in a technical capacity for planning, execution, monitoring, and oversight of communications systems development and acquisitions that advance the National Reconnaissance Office’s (NRO) space resiliency posture.
- Serves as an individual contributor and member of a team of high-performing 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.
- Overseeing design and development of optical communications systems and components for space to ground and space to space communication links
- Applying complex space and ground communications specifications, tolerances, simulations, and test procedures for communications systems and components
- Assisting the Government in developing concept of operations (CONOPS) and approaches to employment of communications systems
- Ensuring research and development (R&D) efforts are planned and conducted on sound engineering practices including management of technical risks
- Providing technical support to Government customer activities and programmatic processes
- Developing documents and briefings to communicate work or study status, briefs Government and industry as required
- Developing communications link budget models to inform Government systems engineering trades
- Supporting 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
- Providing oversight of acquisitions, with specific focus on the optical communications systems elements, functionality, interfaces, manufacture, build, test, and operations to ensure end-to-end system closure and satisfaction of mission need
- Reviewing Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) deliverables to ensure content, technical accuracy, and sufficiency of design details to meet program requirements and objectives
- Participating in technical interchange meetings between developers and COTR
Required Education and Experience:
- Bachelor degree in electrical engineering, Optical Communications, or a related technical discipline and 9 years of related experience OR at least 7 years of related experience with a Master’s degree
- Active Top Secret/SCI clearance with polygraph
- Experience in how optical communications systems are designed, specified, developed, manufactured, and tested
- Experience with MS Office applications, MatLab; and communications link budget modeling software
- Effective communication, coordination, and customer engagement skills
- Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic, and team environment
- Current NRO-adjudicated clearance and polygraph a PLUS!
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