GEOINT Payload Systems Engineer

  • SAIC, Inc
  • Chantilly, VA, USA
  • Jun 02, 2021

Job Description


SAIC is seeking a GEOINT Payload Systems Engineer to join our team. SAIC provides specialized analysis, engineering, design and operations support to our NRO customer.

Are you interested in supporting the research and developing the next-generation space-based GEOINT payloads? What about advising and guiding the IC customer regarding the evolution of the generation-after-next sensors, electronics and components to meet future architecture needs? Do you thrive supporting multiple fast-paced projects? If you find this challenging and rewarding, then this opportunity is just for you. You will provide programmatic and technical expertise to national security customers in remote sensing technology development, payload subsystem development, and new concept development. 

Key duties/responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

•    Research state-of-the-art component technologies and sensor concepts/capabilities and provide technical advice to guide next-generation sensor and/or electronics development efforts
•    Identify technology gaps, craft technology development and transition plans, devise concepts of operation, and define requirements and specifications
•    Participate in design reviews and technical interchange meetings to assess and guide development activities performed by development contractors. Verify proper decomposition of system requirements to lower level requirements
•    Review development contractor’s documents and procedures, requirements allocation, verification methodologies, calibration plans, Concept of Operations (CONOPS), Interface Control Documents (ICDs) and test plans to ensure program success
•    Provide programmatic, acquisition, and source selection support
•    Review program for high risk areas and recommend mitigation approaches
•    Collaborate with multiple customers, Systems Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) team members, and development contractors





•    Active TS/SCI with Polygraph
•    Bachelor’s degree in STEM and 14+ years of engineering experience
•    Experience with electro-optical (EO) sensors, radar sensors, or sensor electronics
•    Demonstrated ability to quickly understand and assess complex technical concepts
•    Ability to articulate technical recommendations to the customer
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills
•    Experience with MS Office products

Desired Skills:
•    Master’s degree in STEM and fifteen years of engineering experience with 5 years of systems engineering experience
•    Experience with EO or radar data processing techniques and tools
•    Experience with resource, reporting , project tracking and collaboration tools, such as SharePoint and Microsoft Project
•    Experience with quick reaction acquisition process
•    Recent hands-on experience with payload hardware or sensor development projects