SIGINT Systems Engineer - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


SAIC’s National Security and Space sector is seeking a SIGINT Systems Engineer to provide systems engineering and technical advisory (SETA) services to a customer within the Intelligence Community (IC) 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.

SAIC has an opening for a Systems Engineer to provide SETA services to an IC customer who is responsible for developing and maturing RF technology (SIGINT, RADAR, ELINT, Photonics) from applied research into demonstrably mature capabilities that can be inserted into system program baselines. The successful candidate will support the next generation of national security-related systems.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Directly support government program manager in project management and execution of RF technology research and development (R&D) efforts
  • Plan and execute technology maturation through the R&D life cycle
  • Support transition of mature hardware to system program offices for flight development
  • Provide technical review and assessment of SIGINT technologies and theoretical concepts of signal characteristics
  • Work closely with the IC customer supporting all phases of the acquisition strategy and process to include Requests for Proposal, Statements of Work, Requirements, Contract Data Requirements Lists and other required solicitation/contract documents
  • Support acquisition source selection activities as an advisor
  • Assist the IC customer with the oversight of technology development contracts and develop status briefings for government and industry
  • Interact with outside organizations such as DoD, NASA, National Labs, and Universities to coordinate activities for maximum effect
  • Provide identification, assessment and resolution of risks during the acquisition phase and during program execution
  • Work with the IC customer to advance resiliency activities/initiatives in SIGINT technology


  • Active TS/SCI with/Poly
  • Bachelor degree in Physics, Engineering, Math or related discipline + 5 years related experience
  • Knowledge of SIGINT technologies and the RF industry
  • Program/Project management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic and energetic environment
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office applications
  • Effective interpersonal skills and strong briefing and writing skills
  • Aptitude for on-site Systems Engineering and Technical Advisor (SETA) work

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Physics, Engineering, Math or related discipline 
  • Knowledge of leading edge technologies in SIGINT, such as: wideband receiver architectures, digital signal processing, phased arrays, RF system testing and characterization and microwave photonics
  • Understanding of RF engineering principles, such as, linearity, Noise Figure, Gain, VSWR
  • R&D Program/Project management experience
  • Familiarity with Government and IC acquisition, budget and contracting processes
  • Experience and ability to coordinate with DoD or IC R&D organizations


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