System Architect / Engineering and Physical Sciences Researcher - Mid to Expert Level (MD Location)

Fort Meade, Maryland
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Engineer, IT, IT Architect
Full Time

As a Systems Architect, you will leverage your technical skills and expertise to collaborate on framework design and implementation of complex software and hardware systems. Specific responsibilities will include:

- Guide the development of hardware and/or software of future computing technologies;
- Design and develop novel hardware and/or software system architectures that include early or exploratory technologies;
- Maintain and evolve these architectures by reviewing and introducing changes based on project requirements and academic or industry advances;
- Leverage emerging technologies and standards, and collaborate with vendors and partners to evaluate and incorporate offerings, when appropriate;
- Identify, manage, and actively reduce risks; measure progress across various efforts, maximize reuse of previous efforts, and manage highly dynamic architectures.


Conditions of Employment

You should have excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills, and be able to:

- Operate with minimal oversight and be completely comfortable navigating various Systems Architecture and Engineering Protocols;
- Design and implement short- and long-term strategic goals for designing, developing, managing and maintaining systems hardware and/or software, ensuring performance, security, scalability, maintainability, and reliability;
- Create and maintain hardware and/or software system architecture designs using standard methodologies;
- Collaborate with technical leads and developers on component detailed plans and technical specifications to ensure alignment with overall solution designs;
- Advance systems, and system components, through technology maturity levels from basic research to fully functional;
- Ensure planned and in-place system hardware and/or software architectures align with mission goals;
- Offer technical expertise and architectural guidance and assistance to program personnel including Engineers and Scientists;
- Develop, create, and monitor the implementation of end-to-end integrated systems;
- Review new and existing system designs and make recommendations for improving or altering the systems;
- Balance and focus development of systems and maintenance as requirements change.

Desired Skills:

- Computing (hardware and software), data infrastructures, and interconnect solutions;
- High performance computing systems;
- Hardware and/or software architecture;
- Integration of novel technologies in real-time environments and workflows;
- Approach to designing and developing solution architectures that adhere to program and mission requirements;
- Technology management, testing, installation, and system maintenance;
- Consulting/tasking outside organizations to resolve system problems;
- Technical problem solving and design;
- Requirements analysis;
- C/C++, Python, High Performance Computing, both Linux-based as well as Windows systems, heterogeneous systems and co-processors (e.g. GPUs or FPGAs), systems programming.


The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position.

Degree must be in professional Engineering, Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or university, or a relevant professional technical field (e.g. chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology).

For all of the above degrees, if program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework.

Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics.

Relevant experience must be performing professional engineering or physical sciences work and/or conducting academic or independent research in a technical field (e.g., mathematics, engineering, cognitive sciences and physical sciences). Experience on polymath projects (requiring multiple skills), technical publications, patent applications, and teaching are preferred.

With a degree in professional Engineering, entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. With a degree in Physics or Astronomy or a relevant professional technical field entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's or Doctoral degree plus 1 year of relevant experience.

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 7 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 3 years of relevant experience. Degree must be in professional Engineering, Physics or Astronomy, or a relevant professional technical field.

Entry is a Bachelor's degree plus 10 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 6 years of relevant experience. Degree must be in professional Engineering, Physics or Astronomy, or a relevant professional technical field.

Additional information

Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Salary ranges vary by location and work level. This position is hiring for Maryland.

Salary Range: $86,389 - $176,300 (Full Performance, Senior, Expert).


Cross-organizational mentoring is highly encouraged and readily available for all employees. Training is available through: continuing education classes provided by our internal school, vendor training, and a variety of tuition assistance programs. You can also take advantage of work assignment or travel opportunities, both stateside and abroad, or direct engagements with other Intelligence Community agencies.

Work/Life Balance:

As Federal employees, job security is unmatched. In addition, our employees enjoy: relocation assistance, flexible work schedules, generous leave programs, free onsite fitness centers at many locations, available paid personal fitness time within your normal work schedule, flexible health and life insurance, Federal retirement pension, matching employee retirement contributions to the Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for up to 5% of salary, and competitive pay.

Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 hrs (flexible).