Spacecraft Payload Engineer

Full Time



    Job Description

    Job ID: 2214889

    Location: CHANTILLY, VA, US

    Date Posted: 2022-10-04

    Category: Engineering and Sciences

    Subcategory: Specialty Engr

    Schedule: Full-time

    Shift: Day Job

    Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

    Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI with Poly

    Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None

    Potential for Remote Work: No


    SAIC is seeking a Spacecraft Payload Engineer to join our Chantilly, VA based team.
    • Serves as Spacecraft Payload Engineer with emphasis in Digital Receiver Processors Responsible for multi-payload digital receivers/processor path to flight as primary technical expert.

    • Supports end-to-end payload development with experience in the maintenance and verification of segment-level payload requirements and evaluation of specifications, Concept of Operations (CONOPS), development, verification plans, procedures and results, test data, and qualification and acceptance test plans and results.
    • Apply knowledge of hardware and software to the receiver development including ASIC and FPGAs, memory, data busses, analog-to- digital converters, and processing algorithms.
    • Understanding of size, weight, and power; thermal analysis; mechanical analysis; shock and vibration and effects of EMI/EMC; manufacturability/producibility; reliability; parts materials and processes discipline and radiation effects.
    • Oversee payload design updates with an understanding of all performance and spacecraft impacts due to these updates
    • Apply program management knowledge to achieve technical performance within cost and schedule constraints.
    • Identify risks to program plans, develop corrective action plans, conduct ECP reviews and technical evaluations, cost and schedule evaluations, proposal evaluations, formulate budgets.
    • Support payload modification and modernization investigations and studies, assessing proposed designs and evaluation of alternatives to support development, technology insertion candidates, and future payload initiatives.


    • TS/SCI with Polygraph

    • Applicants must have B.S. in Electrical Engineering or a technical field such as Physics, Math, or Astronautics and 14 years of engineering experience with Radio Frequency systems.
    • Candidates must be able to work with large teams of Governments, FFRDC and SETA contractors as well as development contractors.

    Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.