Space System Engineer SME - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


SAIC is seeking a Space Systems Engineer SME 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 Nation’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 Space Systems Engineering SME will work in a collaborative team-focused environment of U.S. Government civilians and contractors solving applied technical problems and developing usable solutions for multiple space-related capabilities and threats. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Domain expert-level knowledge and experience with space systems engineering, operations, space threats and protection
  • Deep experience in radar phenomenology, specifically for space tracking radars and RF payload operations
  • Extensive experience with IC and/or DoD satellite systems in Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) or Special Access Program (SAP) environments

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Achieving detailed understanding of multiple satellite systems, designs, operations and classifications in order to make design or Concepts of Operations (CONOPs) recommendations;
  • Developing and maintaining in-depth knowledge of U.S. Space Domain Awareness (SDA) capabilities, as well as Foreign SDA capabilities and counter-space threats with an emphasis on RF systems;
  • Identifying gaps and prioritizing recommendations to achieve program protection objectives
  • Developing CONOPs for new capabilities that incorporate Government leadership intent and national policy and coordinate them across the affected organizations;
  • Author, review, and coordinate empirical RF data collects and documents to facilitate Government decision making;
  • Understanding complex modeling, simulation and analysis, and conducting technical trades to create actionable solutions for program managers, senior executives, and policy makers;
  • 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) RF 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 Electrical Engineering and 20 or more years of direct experience with the space segment of IC or DoD programs in the SCI or SAP environments
  • Active TS/SCI Clearance with Special Access eligibility and consent to a Counter Intelligence (CI) polygraph. US Citizenship is required
  • Subject matter expert in space systems engineering, operations, space threats and protection
  • Deep experience in radar phenomenology, specifically for space tracking radars and RF payload operations
  • 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
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and exceptionally strong communication skills (technical writing, presentation development, and verbal interactions with teams and senior customers)
  • Demonstrated problem solving and critical thinking in complex and dynamic organizational environments

Strongly Desired Skills:

  • Master’s or Doctorate Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Experience in satellite development factory or space system program office (SPO), particularity with Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO) systems
  • Wide-ranging knowledge of the National Security Space architecture (IC and/or DoD)
  • Working knowledge of optical and/or space communications technologies
  • Experience using Systems Tool Kit (STK), MATLAB, Linux, Python or COAST/FIST

Target salary range: More than $225,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.

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