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Senior Space Systems Engineer

Space Dynamics Laboratory
Huntsville, AL
  • Expired: August 08, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job ID 9273A


The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) is seeking a mid to senior career, highly skilled Senior Space Systems Engineer to perform detailed design and analysis of electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) systems and subsystems for space applications.

At SDL, we take pride in and highly value our employees. SDL offers competitive salaries and fantastic benefits, including:
  • Flexible work schedules that fit your style-every Friday off, every other Friday off, hybrid remote work, or simply traditional hours
  • Generous paid leisure and sick leave, ensuring you never miss a special event
  • A 14.2% employer retirement contribution into a 401(a) account-no matching required!
  • Favorable company locations with average commute times of less than 15 minutes
  • Utah State University undergraduate tuition discounts of 50%, full reimbursement for graduate tuition, and free course audits for employees and dependents meeting eligibility requirements
  • High-quality, low-cost health, dental, and life insurance
  • A great, highly educated team that works together to solve some of the most fascinating problems on (and off) our planet
  • We are a growing company that maintains both a family feel and high retention rate with over 90% job satisfaction
  • Relocation assistance available for most positions

Candidates should possess significant expertise in three or more of the following areas:
  • Possess Matlab coding proficiency
  • Experience with scene generation models such as SSGM, FLITES, ASSET, DRSIG, or JSIG
  • Experience in design and fabrication of IR sensor space electronics
  • Performed evaluation of optical design performance given the system optical prescription
  • Performed stray light and thermal self emissions analyses for infrared optical designs
  • Experience in using atmospheric radiative transfer models such as MODTRAN or equivalent to predict IR sensor performance in real world conditions
  • Developed or evaluated target tracking algorithms for either ballistic or maneuvering targets in cluttered backgrounds
  • Knowledge of Image Science and Image Processing to include image chain analysis and the manipulation of space-based imagery products.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Evaluating designs against mission requirements
  • Developing technical products to be used by the Government as part of upcoming acquisitions
  • Conducting technical planning and analysis and supporting all phases of the Systems Engineering process
  • Working with cross-disciplinary teams on projects that will result in flight hardware
  • Understanding the DoD design review process (SRR, PDR, CDR, etc.)
  • Independent evaluation of other vendor concepts, designs and performance
  • Reducing mission concepts to fundamental elements that can be expressed as requirements
  • Understanding radiometry, calibration, and estimating EO/IR sensor system performance
  • Communicating effectively through written reports and presentations
  • Some travel may be required

Required Qualifications:
  • Masters in mechanical engineering, physics, applied physics, electrical engineering or optical engineering related to remote IR sensing testing and calibration, plus 15 years of experience with EO/IR Systems
  • Previous sensor calibration experience
  • Working knowledge of state-of-the-market hardware and software capabilities used in missile defense systems
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, initiative-driven environment to quickly prioritize and accomplish technical tasks
  • Knowledge of systems engineering techniques and their application to large DoD development programs
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with program management, customers, contractors, and colleagues
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently operate in a secure DoD environment
  • Must have an active DoD Secret security clearance and ability to obtain a DoD TS/SCI security clearance
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be able to travel occasionally to contractor and customer facilities

For questions or assistance with the application process or the DoD SkillBridge program, please contact

EOE including Disability and Vet

Space Dynamics Laboratory


Huntsville, AL
35801 USA



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