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Job #: R-00086012
Location: Alexandria, VA
Category: Testing and Quality Assurance
Schedule (FT/PT): Part Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 100%
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

The Defense Group at Leidos currently has an opening for a senior engineer for work regarding the protection of military systems from electromagnetic (EM) threat environments generated by nuclear-weapon detonations. Namely: electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and nuclear-disturbed communication environments (NDCE), to include scintillation impacts in the ionosphere. Leidos’ customer is the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), located at Fort Belvoir, VA. The position is part time. Prior experience supporting DTRA by familiarity of DTRA’s particular EM-threat challenges is strongly encouraged. Applicant may telework remotely.

Overall task: Provide technical assistance regarding the protection of military systems against EM environments. Major focus areas: 1) Technical advice to DTRA and its DoD customer base regarding NDCE/scintillation-simulation capabilities to properly replicate environments codified by military standards and the proper application of these simulators to test DoD satellite communication (SATCOM) and strategic radar systems; 2) Technical advice to DTRA in creating and applying new DoD military standards and associated military handbook guidance regarding EM-protection requirements for DoD weapon and communication systems, or revising such requirements in existing military standardization documentation; 3) Writing edits to these military standards and handbooks based on DTRA’s decisions; 4) Observing laboratory and/or field tests of EM-protection systems and providing technical comments and reports of these observations; 5) Participating in DTRA’s technical working groups regarding other EM-related testing; technology development for advancing EM hardness and hardness-testing; and EM modeling-and-simulation (M&S) topics; and 6) providing training to newer members of the EM technical community.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Review and assess technical test plans, reports, and test data regarding nuclear disturbed communication environment (NDCE)/scintillation-simulation capabilities and applications pertinent to radar systems and satellite communication systems/modems.
  • Perform site visits to NDCE simulator developers and/or satellite communication test sites to observe and comment to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and its customer base on the quality and completeness of the work being performed.
  • Brief DTRA’s technical working groups, including personnel from DoD Services and Agencies, regarding electromagnetic threat environments and protection approaches.
  • Review/edit documentation pertinent to DTRA’s military standard development and updates.
  • Travel to meetings or EM-threat test activities in the Washington DC region.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s or PhD Degree in an engineering or scientific discipline pertinent to electromagnetism (EM) and/or electrical systems
  • Possess knowledge regarding the substantiation and implementation of EM-protection requirements per the following military standards: MIL-STD-3053, MIL-STD-2169, MIL-STD-188-125-1/-2; and military handbook MIL-HDBK-423.
  • 15+ years of experience regarding the protection of military systems (including radar systems and satellite communication systems) from nuclear disturbed communications environments (NDCE) and electromagnetic environments, with 10+ years of experience specific to electromagnetic pulse (EMP) environments.
  • 15+ years of experience regarding nuclear-weapon impacts to communication and sensor systems.
  • Experience regarding developing or updating DoD military standardization documents
  • Must be a U.S Citizen (no dual citizenship)
  • Must be eligible to have, or promptly obtain, a Top Secret clearance.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in vulnerability studies for military systems from EM environments, and potential means to protect such systems from these environments.
  • Experience in the general design, development, and operation of EM-environment test simulator systems.
  • Experience in observing EM-protection tests of military systems and reporting observations.
  • Eligible to have, or promptly obtain, an SCI clearance.  

Pay Range:

Pay Range $124,800.00 - $192,000.00 - $259,200.00

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.


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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 43,000 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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