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Job #: R-00109739
Location: Huntsville, AL
Category: Aerospace Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Remote Type: Hybrid Remote
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5000
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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The Leidos Innovations Center (LInC) has an opening for a Hypersonics Chief Engineer in our Huntsville office.  The candidate will provide hypersonics and counter-hypersonics technical leadership within Leidos and Department of Defense customer community to capture and execute missile system design programs. In this technical position, the candidate will be expected to also apply deep domain knowledge to develop concepts for business development, marketing, and proposal activities in order to help grow the Leidos air-breathing hypersonics program portfolio, providing prototype sub-systems and systems for our nation’s defense.

As Chief Engineer, lead development and execution of new missile system concepts to capture and execute programs for the design and analysis of high speed weapon systems.   Lead technical execution across all system activities, from concept development through prototyping.  

The successful candidate will drive technical innovation in the following business areas:

1)      Hypersonics and Counter-Hypersonics systems.    

2)       Grow a Concept Development business.  This will involve developing work that moves progressively up the TRL chain from concept/systems analysis to prototype development.   

Success is to refine air-breathing vehicle concepts to proposal level for multiple opportunities within 1 year. 

Basic Qualifications

Impact & Complexity:   Impacts functional strategy by developing new solutions, processes, standards or operational plans that position Leidos competitively in the marketplace.  Leads the development of highly innovative products/solutions, achieved through collaboration and dialogue with other experts in the field. 

Communication:  Must communicate with Leidos personnel, and interact daily with customer program leadership and team members and end users.   Must develop a clear understanding of customer goals and objectives and shape work to achieve those goals.  Typically negotiates and compromises to convince internal and external parties to accept concepts, practices and approaches of the area.   

Knowledge:  Requires highest knowledge and mastery of highly advanced technologies, scientific principles, theories and concepts.   Viewed as a subject matter expert in the field by peers within and outside the organization.     Domain specific knowledge in the areas of Hypersonics, super/hypersonic Aerothermodynamics, Modeling and Simulation, and Weapons Systems Engineering is desired.

Education:  Requires a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Aerospace, Mechanical or similar discipline and > 15 years’ experience.

Independence: Strong analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to operate independently with limited supervision and feedback.

Travel: Ability to travel on an as needed basis

Clearance:  Must be a U.S. Citizen with active Secret clearance.  Preferred active TS clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

Leadership and Program Management: Prior experience in managing DOD research efforts is a plus.  Preference given to candidates with experience in managing research efforts funded by AFRL, DARPA, ONR, and similar.  

 Demonstrated ability to manage multiple simultaneous efforts while keeping efforts on schedule and on budget.  Past experience in leading a diverse team with successful outcomes.

Business Development Acumen:  

Strong candidates will have prior experience in leading successful business development campaigns.  Skills desired include the ability to effectively communicate with customers, understand their needs, and develop white papers and proposals.  The ability to also develop and communicate a strategy for new business with management is also desired.


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Pay Range:

Pay Range $142,350.00 - $219,000.00 - $295,650.00

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® innovation company rapidly addressing the world’s most vexing challenges in national security and health. The company's global workforce of 47,000 collaborates to create smarter technology solutions for customers in heavily regulated industries. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $15.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2023.  For more information, visit

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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