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Job #: R-00091033
Location: Alexandria, VA
Category: Systems Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Top Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $4,000
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

Leidos is hiring a Systems Engineer in Alexandria, VA! 

In this position you will provide systems engineering and integration support and technical expertise to government-sponsored R&D programs!

These programs enhance US capabilities to conduct countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) operations through the development of technologies to exploit WMD-related signatures. Additionally, the program enhances situational awareness (SA) of the WMD threat for actionable targeting.

Projects amplify fielded sensor performance through form/fit/function modifications and mission planning techniques which optimize signature collection opportunities and probabilities of detection!

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide expertise in defense acquisition and development processes, and comprehensive technical expertise in WMD-related sensing technologies for localizing and characterizing WMD threats and associated activities.
  • Provide systems engineering and integration oversight and support planning and execution of portfolio activities, including requirements management, functional analysis, systems analysis, and transition planning.
  • Perform technical planning activities of portfolio projects, to manage system development and to measure technical progress; evaluate alternative approaches to satisfy technical requirements and program objectives; assist performers as necessary to resolve technical issues.
  • Evaluate WMD-related threats, signatures, and scenarios; collaborate with technical stakeholders to understand exploitation of signature propagation through environments (e.g., atmosphere, water, soil); collaborate with operational stakeholders to define capability gaps and requirements.
  • Collaborate with R&D stakeholders to research ground, air and space-based sensing technologies and platforms; develop roadmaps with feasible technologies and effective system approaches to positively effect CWMD capabilities, within program resource constraints and allowable timelines.
  • Coordinate and draft test and evaluation (T&E) plans; provide oversight of technology demonstration events; assist in planning, coordination, and execution to achieve objectives. Document and analyze test data, as required.
  • Analyze sourced technology presentations and reports; submit conclusions and recommendations in summary reports to the government PM.
  • Engage and collaborate with operators and stakeholder organizations to assess and promote emerging technologies; integrate R&D prototypes into warfighter exercises and training; to conduct proof of concept demonstrations of R&D technologies; and/or to conduct tabletop exercises (TTX) supporting CONOPS development and requirements definition for emerging capabilities.

Basic Qualifications

  • TS/SCI clearance (will consider TS clearance with eligibility for TS/SCI access).
  • MS or above in engineering or physical science discipline
  • 6+ years of systems engineering management and/or technical experience in IC and/or DoD-related acquisition programs.
  • 3+ years WMD and/or sensing related experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Visio, MSWord, MS Excel, and especially with presentations in PowerPoint.
  • Familiarity with handling of classified information and derivative classification procedures.
  • Ability to travel 4-6 trips per year.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in seismic, acoustic, electro-optical, and/or electromagnetic observables and signatures.
  • Expertise in signature propagation, attenuation, and influences through physical environments (atmosphere, water, soil, etc.); familiarity with transport algorithms for modeling material or signature transport and dispersion.
  • Knowledge of the generation/use of intelligence products obtained from overhead assets.
  • Familiarity with data fusion methods associated with merging of intelligence disciplines (i.e., HUMINT/social media with technical methods - SIGINT, ELINT, MASINT, IMINT, etc.).

Pay Range:

Pay Range $97,500.00 - $150,000.00 - $202,500.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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