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Sr. Scientist, Systems Engineer (Missile Defense) - IR Space Payloads - Fort Wayne

Company: L3Harris
Location: Fort Wayne
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


Sr. Scientist, Systems Engineer (Missile Defense) - IR Space Payloads - Fort Wayne

Job Code: SAS20211502-56613

Job Location: Fort Wayne, IN

Job Description:

Seeking high potential talent to serve as a Spaceborne IR payload systems Architect and Advanced Concept Engineer. Role will have an immediate impact for fielding responsive space systems with overall technical leadership for the architecture, design, and execution of payload and sensor trades for advanced space-based missile defense capabilities.

Recognized as an external and internal expert and thought leader with deep and substantive technical expertise as well as advanced business knowledge and leadership capabilities. Communicates with contacts inside and outside of the organization on matters of strategic importance to influence executive leadership on new concepts, practices, and approaches. Establishes overall direction for new processes, systems, and solutions. Recommends and implements strategies and develops operational plans/goals with direct impact to the achievement against functional strategies.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs IR and visible EO sensor system architecture trade, strategic technical planning, concept development, requirements derivation, system integration and test planning, cost and risk and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems.
  • Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule and cost constraints.
  • Performs functional analysis, system definition, timeline analysis, detailed trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications.


  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering or physics with a minimum of 15 years of prior related experience or Graduate Degree with a minimum of 13 years of prior related experience.
  • Experience with space-based infrared sensor performance, optics and/or modeling & simulation using remote sensing techniques.
  • Active Secret security clearance.

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Eligibility to obtain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance.
  • Broad working knowledge of current and planned Missile Warning / Missile Defense architectures.
  • Deep understanding of infrared phenomenology and background noise/clutter.
  • Experience in space vehicle design, integration, test, and on-orbit checkout.
  • Candidate should be self-starter, demonstrate strong communication skills with demonstrated ability to brief customers, and have extensive experience in space-based infrared sensor development, as well as a thorough understanding of the missile defense mission.
  • Leadership capability to guide business or functional teams without formal management role.
  • Can develop broad, cooperative relationships with numerous groups and individuals, even when having no direct authority over them.

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