Chief Systems Engineer
Description: We are seeking a Chief Systems Engineer to join our in Greenbelt, MD for the Space Communications Network Services contract with NASA. In this role, you would be required to stay current with NASA's system engineering directives and procedural requirements, and ensure that system engineering processes are developed, followed, and maintained. The selected candidate will ensure systems engineering consistency across the SCNS organization, will lead engineering peer reviews, will be the lead for validating and documenting lessons learned and will maintain the SCNS Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP). JOB DESCRIPTION: * Performing system engineering for a system or subsystems using methodologies and techniques appropriate to the engineering discipline. * Supporting the development of operations concepts, design/procurement specification, interface documentation, and test plans/procedures. * Providing expert advice and support during a project's entire life cycle from the specification and analysis of requirements, through the design of the hardware or software, procurement, fabrication, assembly, to integration and test to verify that system requirements have been realized. * Operational support of missions or systems. * Defining and performing trade studies. * Identification and solving technical problems during all phases of a project. * Assisting NASA organizations with near-term and long-term upgrades and architectures for evolution, unification, and modernization and/or replacement of systems and networks under the SCNS contract and the follow-on SENSE contract. * Maintaining the knowledge base of the state-of-the-art in technologies associated with the SCNS and future SENSE systems. * Defining continuous improvement opportunities. * Developing technical reports and documentation. * Development of IR&D proposals and coordination of associated activities. * Coordination and mentoring of interns. REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: * MS/MA Degree (or equivalent) in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and 18+ years of related experience. * Prior experience with projects involving NASA, hardware and software interfaces, and satellite ground station development and operation. * Some travel is required within the continental US (20%). * This position requires the candidate to be able to obtain a secret security clearance. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: * Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and 15+ years of related work experience. * Strong problem solving, analytical, and presentation skills; as well as the ability to coordinate activities across multiple organizations to ensure the seamless integration of new capabilities into the NASA networks. * Experience with NASA's Space Network and Near Earth Network engineering and operations. * Satellite ground station design, installation, and test. * Effective written and verbal communications skills. * Experience with or knowledge of optical communications systems. * Experience in network architecture planning, development, and management. SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires the candidate to be able to obtain a secret security clearance. In order to obtain a clearance you need to be a US Citizen and show proof of citizenship. About Peraton Peraton provides innovative, reliable solutions to the nation's most sensitive and mission-critical programs and systems. Peraton has significant experience providing highly differentiated secure communications, space, and technology solutions to key customers, and has become a trusted partner on missions that are critical to the security priorities of the United States. Capabilities include complex software and technology services and solutions, as well as end-to-end mission operations abilities, including Software Systems Development, Cyber, Modeling & Simulation, Mission Operations, Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), and Quick Reaction Capabilities (QRC) / Research & Development. The company is headquartered in Herndon, VA, with approximately 3,500 employees across the US and Canada. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identify, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.