The MITRE Corporation Lead Defense Space Systems Engineer in McLean, Virginia

Lead Defense Space Systems Engineer


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  • This position is located in Reston, VA.

Key Functions:

  • Candidate will help establish a MITRE presence and shape engineering contributions to the Space Security and Defense Program (SSDP) in a leadership position (i.e. Task Leader, Associate Project Leader, etc.).

  • Candidate must have sufficient knowledge of, and experience with, the space domain and offensive/defensive space control (OSC/DSC) operations.

  • Candidate must be able to formulate and successfully complete diverse and technically challenging tasks related to the sponsor’s objectives.

  • Candidate will lead Reston customer engagement to include task definition, and refinement of sponsor objectives.

  • Evaluate emerging technologies and apply innovation to address evolving and ever-present threats.

  • Support the sponsor to define and advocate for cutting-edge space protection solutions.

  • Facilitate and manage space and cyberspace related advanced projects.

  • Conduct and support research, application development, experimentation and prototypes that support the enhancement of space system defensibility, resiliency, and survivability.

  • Demonstrate an ability to build partnerships and champion technical development in the cyber and space domains.


Required qualifications:

  • Expertise in space control systems and technologies (offensive and defensive)

  • Space Control experiences that can be applied across space and cyber domains and enterprises

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI SSBI level security clearance

  • Desire to learn and be part of a fast-paced and complex SSDP team

  • Leadership experience and domain knowledge

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or related experience

  • Knowledge of and experience with space and cyberspace operations

  • Knowledge of and experience with space and cyberspace professionals and community

  • Knowledge of space control and organizational roles and responsibilities

Job Systems Engineering

Primary Location United States-Virginia-McLean

This requisition requires a clearance of Top Secret/SCI

Travel Yes, 10 % of the Time

Job Posting May 30, 2018, 8:44:19 AM

Req ID: 00050108