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Sierra Nevada Corporation | SNC Sierra Nevada Corporation | SNC

Principal Systems Engineer

  •  Posted 30+ Days Ago
  •   Full time
  •  Beavercreek, OH
  •  R0008881

Working as part of a multi-disciplined engineering and management team to define system and derived requirements, support development of system architectures and to test and verify implemented designs against the system requirements. Define and create solutions using state of the art concepts and components utilizing: Open Standards (VPX, MORA, SOSA, CMOSS, …), cutting edge transceivers, frequency converters, filters, FPGAs and high speed data interfaces (40G/100G) coupled with advanced communication, SIGINT (COMINT/ELINT), TDOA/FDOA, wireless communication, detection, direction finding (DF) and geolocation algorithms.


•Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or equivalent, Advance degree desired    

•14+ Years’ experience in system engineering design, development, Integration, and Test for DOD customers  

•Security Clearance


•Prior experience working on SIGINT (COMINT or ELINT) systems

•Understanding of SIGINT detection, direction finding and geolocation algorithms

•Experience with System Life Cycle and System Engineering methodologies

•Experience with complex digital design, digital signal processing, and RF voice/data communication protocols/systems and corresponding real-time embedded SW/FW implementations.

•Ability to take customer or internal requirements, decompose, and manage them through the product lifecycle

•Demonstrated experience performing the following systems related activities:

Proposal writing, drafting CONOPS, system and subsystem requirements specification, RVTMs, model based system engineering, risk analysis, engineering change proposals, first article test plans, interface design descriptions, trade studies and white papers

•Familiarity with test equipment (Signal Generator, Spectrum Analyzer, Network Analyzer)

•Expertise in RF chain analysis and link budgets

•Understanding of Statistic concepts (Mean, STD, Variance, RMS) and performing system error analysis

•Strong understanding of both software and firmware code and unit test activities validating delivered functionality against identified requirements

•Familiarity with Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS), Linux, and Windows

•Verbal and written communication skills and proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint

•Familiarity with engineering best practices, established history of taking products from design & development to production, including troubleshooting, integration & test, and customer demonstration     

•Communication skills to work closely with PM to direct engineering technical scope and customer technical coordination



•Languages: C, C++, Java, Python

•Experience with test tool automation (MATLAB, LabVIEW)

•Experience in designing and/or analyzing performance of Direction Finding antenna arrays

•Familiarity with REDHAWK

•Familiarity with Network Topologies and Security

•Familiarity with open system architectures and standards: MORA, Victory, OpenVPX, SOSA, CMOSS

•Familiarity with data interfaces: PCIe, Serial Rapid IO, GbE, Aurora, JESD

•Working understanding of environmental, safety, and EMC standards and principles

•MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-882, MIL-STD-810


This position requires an active Top Secret U.S. Security Clearance. U.S. Citizenship status is required, as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance for employment. Non-US citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance.  The Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), an agency of the Department of Defense, handles and adjudicates the security clearance process. Security clearance factors include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the US, foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and drug involvement.