Location: Washington D.C.


Job Description


The Space Systems Development Department (SSDD) is the space and ground support systems research and development (R&D) organization of the Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST), an organization within the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC, which is the designated lead for Navy Space Program technology development and acquisition of space, aerospace and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems to assist Naval Missions.


The mission of SSDD is to derive system requirements from mission requirements, develop architectures in response to the systems requirements, and design and develop systems, subsystems, equipment, and implementation technologies to achieve optimized, integrated operational space and ground systems.


SSDD is currently involved in the concept definition and design phases on various advanced concepts studies and projects, which will evolve into future space, aerospace and tactical C4ISR systems. Development responsibilities extend across the entire space/ground spectrum of hardware, software and advanced technologies including digital processing, as well as systems engineering.




  • Level 1 – 1 year,
  • Level 3 – 3 years,
  • Level 4 – 10 years,
  • Level 5 – 15 years


Experience in the systems engineering sciences of satellite and communications systems, system development and integration, and multi-INT data production and fusion, with a primary focus assessing and demonstrating the effectiveness of new concepts and ideas for systems in achieving particular mission goals, formulating overall design concepts, developing criteria to establish the baseline for advancement of state-of-the-art engineering efforts as well as reviewing and assessing overall progress in the development effort phases, resolving technical challenges that can occur due to dynamic changes in characteristics, approach, criteria, and requirements, and integrating stakeholder requirements and multiple design approaches while addressing overall program risk, cost and schedule constraints.


 Education:  Bachelors or Advanced degree in Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, or another appropriate field.


An active Secret clearance is required.




  • Plan, organize and execute mission related advanced system planning for assigned missions or program areas.
  • Conduct continuous analysis of present and future capabilities for assigned areas; establish requirements, ground rules, and assumptions for future programs; and initiate changes to achieve objectives of programs.
  • Generate and plan new concepts, methods and techniques which can provide a significant technical advantage, operational impact or breakthrough in the assigned area. Advise and justify the best feasible approach to be taken for each solution proposed.
  • Formulate and recommend specific work requirements, priorities and resource allocations necessary to accomplish long-range plans for the assigned areas.
  • Develop system flow-down requirements specifying top level system requirements and their flow-down relationships with individual subsystems.
  • Utilize a broad knowledge of specialties within the engineering discipline to assure system integrity by establishing compatibility between equipment, other subsystems and components.
  • Provide overall leadership and direction for pioneering innovative Research and Development (R&D) efforts to address previously unattainable capabilities and characteristics.