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The MITRE Corporation Satellite Communications Engineer, Lead in Bedford, Massachusetts

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MITRE’s Nuclear Enterprise Programs Division has an excellent opportunity to be part of a dynamic technical team having substantial impact on the design and development of next generation DoD systems. Our work focuses on Nuclear domain systems.

We are seeking a Lead Communications Systems Engineer with knowledge of Military Satellite Communication to lead the specification development, integration, and test strategies of next generation Military Satellite Communications systems. This is an opportunity for a Communications Systems Engineer who is highly motivated, innovative and proactive. This position provides challenging opportunities to apply and expand one’s systems architecture, modeling and trade space analysis skills.

Responsibilities include:

  • Performing systems engineering analysis for requirement trades, design and integration trades, end-to-end performance analysis, and identifying risk mitigation approaches

  • Articulating major uncertainties associated with systems architectures, defining risks and opportunities associated with the uncertainties

  • Communicating work program uncertainties, risks and opportunities with department leadership and Sponsors

  • Leading the development, decomposition, and review system requirements

  • Supporting requirements management, interface management and architecture change management processes

  • Translating analysis results into actionable recommendations for the US Government agencies

  • Tasks may include leading working groups or studies covering multiple engineering domains while interfacing and collaborating across multiple stakeholders to create timely and actionable recommendations

  • Tasks may also include hands-on prototyping, integration, and testing activities

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree and 8 years of related experience; or 6 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD with 3 years’ experience

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD TS/SCI clearance

  • Demonstrated proficiency and strength in verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated proficiency in virtual and live presentation of complex technical issues

  • Experience with planning, executing and presenting complex trade studies

  • Experience in systems engineering with expertise across the development lifecycle from concept development, through requirements definition, system development and integration, and into verification

  • Experience in leading multiple engineering disciplines to provide solutions to complex problems that require unified software, hardware, mechanical and reliability approaches while balancing cost and schedule constraints

  • Experience in leading the evaluation and testing of complex systems

  • Strong social skills to effectively collaborate across multiple organizations and engineering disciplines

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in technical field of study with 10 years of experience and leadership experience

  • Candidates that possess a current/active DoD Top Secret/SCI clearance are preferred

  • Familiarity with Military Satellite Communications, especially familiarity with EHF and AEHF SATCOM and associated Satellite Communications terminals (MILSTAR, FAB-T, FET, SMART-T, SCAMP)

  • Familiarity with acquisition strategy including DODD 5000.01 and Middle Tier Acquisition (Section 804)

  • Experience with multi-disciplinary modeling and simulation (physics-level, engineering-level and/or operational-level)

  • Documented success applying modern system engineering methods including MBSE

  • Experience with capabilities trade analysis, mission analysis, information assurance, systems integration, and understanding of the relationships between operational, technical, and system’s architecture

  • Understanding of the nuclear environment

  • Familiarity with Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3)

    This requisition requires the candidate to have a minimum of the following clearance(s):


This requisition requires the hired candidate to have or obtain, within one year from the date of hire, the following clearance(s):

Top Secret/SCI

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