Astrodynamics Systems Engineer - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


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;


  • 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

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 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: $175,001 - $200,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.