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Company: SAIC
Location: Chantilly, VA
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Technology, Software, IT, Electronics



SAIC is seeking an experienced mid-level Optical Systems Engineer with technical and practical understanding of electro-optical and laser phenomenology and architectures to provide Systems Engineering and Technical Advisory (SETA) support on-site in Chantilly, Virginia for advanced technology development programs of national significance to promote resilience to a diverse area of global threats.  The Optical Systems Engineer should have experience in optical payload/satellite system design, development, and management as well as satellite acquisition experience to provide specialized engineering, analysis, and support to advanced space technology development. The position will be responsible for the overall systems engineering/management for the acquisition of an advanced optical system.


The Optical Systems Engineer should understand both technical and programmatic aspects of fielded and planned future Optical technologies, including operational concepts, applied technology, and system architectures, in order to facilitate testing, demonstration, and transition of novel resilient capabilities to operations. The engineer must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and will work directly with the Government COTRs and mission partners to coordinate and oversee testing campaigns, organize data, and develop mitigation techniques and technologies.  The engineer should be able to quickly adapt to a multi-tasking environment and be comfortable working amongst a diverse and energetic team in the pursuit of mission objectives and project success.


The optical systems engineer will join a team of on-site SETAs working advanced technologies to enhance resiliency and survivability of space systems with responsibilities that may include but not limited to the following:

  • Support government on acquisition, source selection, and programmatic processes.
  • Support Contract Officer/Contract Officer Technical Representatives (CO/COTRs) and Developers by coordinating with other technical domain Subject Matter Experts and program stakeholders to achieve a detailed understanding of the systems, designs, and interfaces necessary to satisfy requirements.
  • Participating in technical interchange meetings between developers and COTR.
  • Provide systems engineering/technical support to customer activities such as participation in program readiness and design reviews
  • Develop documents and briefings to communicate work or study status, brief Government and industry as required


Required Qualifications:

  • Active TS/SCI with Polygraph
  • Bachelors and 5 years of relevant experience; OR Masters and 3 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with development of Optical systems/technologies for Space Applications
  • Experience and knowledge related to field testing efforts
  • Experience with the Intelligence Community and/or the Department of Defense architectures, spacecraft, and payloads
  • Effective interpersonal skills and strong briefing and writing skills
  • Ability to communicate very technical subjects to a diverse audience of senior decision makers with varying levels of technical expertise

SAIC accepts applications on an ongoing basis and there is no deadline.

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.

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