Astronomical research facilities

Mid-Level Space and Ground Systems Engineer
Location VA - Chantilly
Req # 3237
Minimum Clearance Required TS/SCI
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Thank you for your interest in joining the Centauri team. Together, we can leverage the next generation of advanced technologies to deliver industry-leading capabilities across land, air, sea, space, and cyberspace. Our goal is to deliver innovative solutions using an agile, mission-first approach to address the most difficult technical challenges facing our customers. The only way that we can tackle these challenges is by recruiting the brightest minds in the industry to join our team.


Centauri is seeking highly motivated Space and Ground Systems Engineers in support of NRO GEOINT / SIGINT Systems for an acquisition system program office.  The successful candidate will have experience with and understanding of existing NRO space and ground systems and be able to apply that knowledge to guide customers towards solutions to meet near and emerging national and defense intelligence needs.  The successful candidate will be able to grasp technical concepts and communicate key findings and recommendations to senior and junior customers to enable informed decision making. 


  • Perform technical planning, system integration, verification and validation
  • Evaluate design alternatives and assess technical, cost, schedule, and risk
  • Evaluate end-to-end lifecycle performance, to include concept design, requirements development, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal
  • Perform functional analysis, timeline analysis, conduct trades, define and allocate requirements, define interfaces, guide specification development
  • Identify risks to program plans, develop corrective action plans, conduct engineering change proposal reviews and technical evaluations, cost and schedule evaluations.
  • Support program and design reviews, and support proposal evaluations.
  • Support payload modification and modernization initiatives, assess proposed designs and evaluate alternatives to support development, technology insertion, including architectural trades and future payload enhancements and initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in Engineering, Math, Physics or other scientific discipline
  • 3-5 years of experience with relevant Government or industry space and launch systems
  • Ability to work in fast paced, dynamic environment with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Self-starter who can partner with multiple teammates, including FFRDC, SETA team members, and can communicate effectively with developmental partners

Desired Qualifications:

  • MS / PhD in Engineering or physics, imaging science / remote sensing or related technical discipline 
  • 5-13 years’ experience with relevant Government or industry space and launch systems

Required Clearance: TS/SCI CI Poly

Centauri is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law.

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