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Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Engineer


Job Description:

The Missile Defense National Team (MDNT) provides systems engineering solutions to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for the development and evolution of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). The BMDS is an integrated, layered architecture that provides multiple opportunities to destroy missiles and their warheads before they can reach their targets. The MDNT performs systems analyses of the existing BMDS architecture in conjunction with new technologies and concepts to be considered for future BMDS architectures. The MDNT performs analyses using various fidelity models and simulations to predict performance of current and future sensors, weapons, countermeasures, and counter-countermeasures. MDNT works closely with the MDA, FFRDCs, along with various contractors and suppliers to bring about conceptual improvements, models & simulations to help define system improvements, new requirements, and perform architecture trade studies to help assess performance benefits of future systems.

Job Responsibilities:

 The individual will be responsible for performing analysis of current and future BMDS advanced sensor concepts and architectures using existing modeling and simulation (M&S) tools or M&S tools created or modified by the candidate. 

Responsibility includes assessing potential solutions to a spectrum of countermeasures, threat modeling, leveraging radar sensor architectures concepts, applying advanced discrimination techniques and ingenuity to develop new/different approaches to solving complex physics problems and developing initial or final performance or functional system of system requirements.Individual will work in a cross-discipline product team and routinely interface with MDNT group leads, senior management, and government personnel responsible for executing analysis tasks.

 The individual will document analysis results in reports and briefings for critique and review by the National Team and other MDA representatives representing sensors, weapons, and C2.  

 Individual may perform as a principal investigator. 

 The candidate may be charged with leading a team that includes functional and analysis members performing the aforementioned. 

Occasional travel is required.  This position requires candidate acceptance by industry partner resource control board.  


Absolute Criteria

1)      Security Clearance required:  Current SECRET.

2)      Proficient in MATLAB analysis and simulation tools/languages, understanding of the BMDS and of the SE V model, particularly performance requirements

3)      Experience modeling and analyzing sensors, preferably related to BMDS.

4)      Technical background in statistical modeling and algorithm experience using MATLAB or equivalent frameworks and at least two of the following: sensors, stealth technology, missiles/interceptors, BMDS target threat modeling, development of physics based threat models, target tracking, electronic warfare systems and/or discrimination.

5)      Experience analyzing complicated physics problems using medium- to high-fidelity parametric models/simulations utilizing Monte Carlo techniques to provide insight into performance capabilities of real-world weapon systems.

6)      Experience performing system engineering trade studies, analysis optimization and assessing new technologies along with readiness level.  Candidate must demonstrate ability to think critically to develop and capture concepts in technical papers, presentations, and discussions.

7)      Conduct analysis of industry led concepts by performing qualitative and quantitative evaluations, assessments and characterizations of ballistic, non-ballistic, and hypersonic concepts across all phases of the kill chain.

8)      Good communication skills, capable of working independently, as well as being a team member, presentation skills to senior leadership and customers, and capable of leading a small team of systems engineers/analysts.

9)      MS Office experience.

10)    Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree plus >10-20 years of experience.  


Desired Criteria


2)      Creativity & innovation

3)      Intellectual curiosity

4)      Experience with:

a.    Modeling & Simulation (M&S) techniques

b.    Demonstrated discrimination experience in association with missile defense

c.     Comprehensive understanding of sensor and target/scene characteristics and real-world performance expectations

d.    Six degree of freedom (6 DOF) M&S

e.    Multivariate statistical analysis

f.     BMDS system track

g.    Counter countermeasures with respect to missile defense

h.    Developing analysis of alternatives

i.     Demonstrated knowledge of advanced ballistic, non-ballistic, and hypersonic threats to include aero-maneuvering, hyper-glide, and hypersonic configurations

j.     Remote sensing

k.    Machine learning (neural networks, genetic algorithms, etc.)

l.      Evaluating future technologies risks, capability readiness and technology gaps

m.   Experience with some of the BMDS elements and threat environment; for example: Aegis Weapons Systems, Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD), Fire Control (FOM, GFC), C2BMC, BMDS sensors (EO/IR/RF), kill vehicles, interceptors, countermeasures, and counter-countermeasures

5)      Language capabilities: MATLAB, DOORS, Python, and FORTRAN.


Additional Preferred Experience

1)      Previous missile defense experience.

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