Sr Principal Systems Engineer - Modeling and Simulation - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


SAIC is pursuing a ground-breaking opportunity in support of the U.S. Space Development Agency’s (SDA) acceleration in development and fielding of new military space capabilities. SAIC is looking for motivated, innovative, career and customer-oriented individuals to join our team in support of this space effort and provide SDA with architecture concepts, systems, technologies, and capabilities that enable futuristic improvements for U.S. space based capabilities. The ideal candidate will have an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness with the ability to apply and/or develop highly advanced technologies, scientific principles, theories and concepts in support of the SDA’s mission.


The candidate for this position will support the entire SAIC effort in support of SDA, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Conduct a range of modeling, simulation, and analysis in areas such as space mission design, orbital maneuvers, orbit estimation, space debris, and space situational awareness
  • Develop and mature analysis software tools

  • Provide technical expertise in the modeling and analysis of space systems and their broader system-of-systems architectures

  • Conduct trade studies and comparative performance assessments of system and architecture alternatives to inform customer investment decisions/recommendations

The candidate will be responsible for these specific duties:

  • Orbit and constellation design and analysis

  • Mission analysis and planning

  • System, space vehicle, and payload trade studies

  • Ground system design

  • Positioning, navigation, and timing

  • End-to-End testing


Candidate Skills and Experience:
  • Provide thought leadership and innovative solution design addressing the SDA mission

  • Proven pioneer in space related capabilities or innovation experience may be considered in lieu of a degree

  • Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution and fifteen (15) years or more of related experience

  • Strong technical background in orbit mechanics/astrodynamics

  • Experience in modeling, simulation, and analysis

  • Expertise in one or more of the following technical disciplines required: space mission analysis and design, orbital propagation and perturbations, orbit estimation, orbital maneuvers, launch vehicle and satellite operations, collision risk and debris analyses, missile defense analyses, and modeling and simulation

  • Proven ability to interact effectively with colleagues

  • Excellent written and oral (briefing) communication skills

  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)

  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and in teams

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance