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Mission Protection Systems Engineer

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Job ID: 2208546
Location: LAS CRUCES, NM, United States
Date Posted: Jun 30, 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 with Poly
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work:
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Job Description



DESCRIPTION: SAIC has an opportunity for a Mission Protection Systems Engineer in Las Cruces, NM to provide Systems Engineering and Technical Advisory (SETA) services focused on protection of space systems.  Responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide technical expertise and advice on space protection and space situational awareness
  • Oversee integration of space protection functions/capabilities of delivered systems; provides analysis of schedules, capabilities delivered best meet operational needs—near, and long-term
  • Provide technical support in the development of space protection training materials
  • Analyze and provide recommendations to multiple government customers, providing key information, possible risks and impacts and potential improvements to government managers and other points of contact


Required Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) and nine (9) years or more experience; Masters in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) and seven (7) years or more experience ; PhD or JD in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) and four (4) years or more experience. *STEM is a contractual requirement

Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of satellite constellations, spacecraft orbit, and ground station characteristics
  • Current knowledge of counter space threats
  • Experience with rendezvous and proximity operations for developing scenarios and mitigations
  • Experience with orbital mechanics and associated tools (i.e. System Toolkit (STK) or SOAP)
  • RF knowledge expertise (basic understanding of RF principles), knowledge of GEOINT and SIGINT constellation and tasking process
  • Experience with US Space Force space operations structure
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and deliverables
  • Ability to work independently and with a team, operate effectively with contractor, SETA, FFRDC, and Government teammates
  • Quickly crafts briefings and talking points for the government with minimal guidance. Represents government and their interests in various forums.
  • Self-starter, proactively addresses customer requirements with no supervision; expert at defining solutions for broad, abstract topics
  • Master at collaboration and coordination with multiple stakeholders -- consensus builder
  • Polished communicator (written/verbal); impeccable interpersonal skills and personal judgment
  • Top Secret/SCI clearance with Poly

Desired Qualifications:

  • Real-time operations experience as a spacecraft operator or vehicle engineer
  • Familiar with MBSE/Digital Engineering, AGILE development, cloud technologies


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.


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

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