Optical Systems Engineer

Posted Date 4 months ago(2/18/2024 8:27 AM)
Requisition #
Security Clearance
TS/SCI with CI Poly
Employment Type
Full Time
Portal Location : Location
Noblis ESI


Noblis ESI is seeking an Optical Systems Engineer with a national space enterprise and engineering background to work with our clients in supporting the future National space architecture. 


Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as program support to the government Program Manager (PM) with responsibility for technical knowledge of optics, optical sensors, and optical systems in satellites, satellite subsystems, and SOSI system architecture components.
  • Provide technical guidance and recommendations related to the integration of National Systems-based capabilities
  • Will engage with the national and tactical communities to collaboratively design, document, validate, and deliver architectures, systems and innovative capabilities in support of the national space architecture  
  • Lead IPT meetings, technical discussions, and review process boards to include but not limited to ERBs, CCBs, SRRs, and PMRs
  • Support the PM in multiple areas which include systems, mission, and enterprise engineering; program management; analytic support; technical analysis; user requirement management/development; architecture; and customer outreach and support 
  • Serve as technical expert in their assigned area
  • Other responsibilities include administrative and technical support to the Government leadership team, internal cross tower coordination, external mission partners and other DoD/IC customers

Must have an active Top Secret/SCI clearance with a Counter-Intelligence Polygraph  

Required Qualifications


  • Experience in Systems and Project Engineering, with emphasis on Government acquisition in the IC or DoD
  • Possess strong Systems Engineering discipline with an emphasis on optical sensor payloads, payload integration, algorithm development, indications and warning, collection and processing capabilities, and sensor calibration and testing
  • Experience working satellite systems and subsystems from architecture-definition documentation (ADD/CONOPS) through requirements derivation and allocation, performance metric generation and assessment, modeling, test case development, and requirement closure tracing
  • Ability to characterize optical sensor contribution within a multi-INT, multi-sensor enterprise
  • Ability to problem solve in a rapidly changing environment and interface with the customer daily
  • Track and respond to office tasking, build, and present program briefings, and update project schedules and calendars
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and perform other duties as assigned
  • Possess excellent writing and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to manage multiple customer requests simultaneously
  • Must be able to demonstrate excellent relationship building and management skills
  • Must possess an active TS/SCI security clearance with a Counter-Intelligence Polygraph


  • B.S. degree in STEM 
  • 5 - 10 years’ systems engineering experience
  • Background / knowledge in National space, satellite, and sensors
  • Compensation Range: $103,800 - $219,600


  • B.S.  degree in STEM
  • Greater than 10 years’ systems engineering experience
  • Background / knowledge in National space, satellite, and sensors
  • Compensation Range: $125,500 - $265,500

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in a STEM field is highly desired
  • 5 to 15 years of NRO systems engineering experience
  • Familiarity with the IC and NRO enterprise architecture, DOD's space architecture, and translation of Statement of Capabilities and Enterprise Capability Document line items to CONOPs and architectures
  • Experience developing, editing, and updating system architecture and CONOPs documentation as the system mission model matures
  • Knowledge of Electro Optical, RADAR, SIGINT, Communications, Mission Management, and Mission processing systems supporting a National space architecture
  • Experience generating and codifying inter-segment and inter-system interface requirements for major space mission systems
  • Working knowledge of SAFe Agile or similar agile processes and JIRA and Confluence tools
  • Certified in one or more of the following: INCOSE (or DAWIA equivalent), OMG Systems Modeler, Agile, Project Management, MBSE
  • Ability to operate effectively within various SETA, FFRDC, and Government lines of authority
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to summarize and brief senior level Government leaders, civilians, and military officers
  • Be able to travel




Noblis and our wholly owned subsidiaries, Noblis ESI, and Noblis MSD tackle the nation's toughest problems and apply advanced solutions to our clients' most critical missions. We bring the best of scientific thought, management, and engineering expertise together in an environment of independence and objectivity to deliver enduring impact on federal missions. Noblis works with a wide range of government clients in the defense, intelligence and federal civil sectors. Learn more at Noblis -About Us


Why work at a Noblis company?

Our employees find greater meaning in their work and balance the other things in life that matter to them. Our people are our greatest asset. They are exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable, team-oriented, and mission-driven individuals who want to do work that matters and benefits the public. Noblis has won numerous workplace awards. Noblis maintains a drug-free workplace.

Salary Range Explanation

At Noblis we recognize and reward your contributions, provide you with growth opportunities, and support your total well-being. Our offerings include health, life, disability, financial, and retirement benefits, as well as paid leave, professional development, tuition assistance, and work-life programs. Our award programs acknowledge employees for exceptional performance and superior demonstration of our service standards. Full-time and part-time employees working at least 20 hours a week on a regular basis are eligible to participate in our benefit programs. Other offerings may be provided for employees not within this category. We encourage you to learn more about our total benefits by visiting the Benefits page on our Careers site.


Salary at Noblis is determined by various factors, including but not limited to, the combination of education, certifications, knowledge, skills, competencies, and experience, internal and external equity, location, and clearance level, as well as contract-specific affordability and organizational requirements and applicable employment laws. The projected compensation range for this position is provided within the posting and are based on full time status. Part time staff receive a prorated salary based on regularly scheduled hours. The estimated minimum and maximum displayed represents the broadest range for this position (inclusive of high geographic and high clearance requirements), and is just one component of Noblis’ total compensation package for employees.


Posted Salary Range

USD $103,800.00 - USD $265,500.00 /Yr.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Noblis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race (as well as because of or on the basis of traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.


Noblis is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Noblis will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact employee-relations@noblis.org.

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