Junior Systems Engineer - Space Situational Awareness

Systems Engineering / Development / Architecture / Integration
Top Secret/SCI with Poly



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Peraton is a next-generation national security company that drives missions of consequence spanning the globe and extending to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the world’s leading mission capability integrator and transformative enterprise IT provider, we deliver trusted, highly differentiated solutions and technologies to protect our nation and allies. Peraton operates at the critical nexus between traditional and nontraditional threats across all domains: land, sea, space, air, and cyberspace. The company serves as a valued partner to essential government agencies and supports every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Each day, our employees do the can’t be done by solving the most daunting challenges facing our customers. Visit to learn how we’re keeping people around the world safe and secure.


Peraton has a great opportunity for a Junior Space Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA supporting our Intelligence Community (IC) customer. At the heart of national security, we've been embedded into this cutting-edge program for nearly a decade. You will be working in a rewarding, mission focused environment, cutting edge software design, development, and deployment, contributing to the protection and defense of national space assets. Your efforts will fundamentally change what Space Domain Awareness and Mission Protection means for our Nation.


Skyfire is a Space Domain Awareness (SDA) Indications and Warning (I&W) system. Its purpose is to establish a repository of resident space objects (RSOs), find RSOs of interest, and provide data to ground operators. Located in Chantilly, VA, the Skyfire team uses: sensor modeling, and systems engineering expertise to deliver this world-class SDA I&W system.


You will join a group within the National Security Space (NSS) Business Unit which is responsible for developing and delivering engineering, software, and infrastructure solutions in support of the nation’s critical space-based infrastructure. Superior domain knowledge and communication skills are required along with the ability to successfully interface with corporate functional organizations in program execution.


What you'll do:

  • Assess the usefulness of data sources for satellite ground station operations
  • Interface with Customers and mission partners to status data sources and help pinpoint the causation of outages
  • Work with other systems engineers to develop a plan for on-boarding new data sources
  • Work with system architects and engineers to define the network and processing required for the data
  • Work with software engineers and testers to evaluate data quality
  • Coordinate across program teams to ensure that data is being processed correctly and that software upgrades are deployed and integrated on time
  • Effectively collaborate and drive communication with colleagues across teams
  • Create briefings for Program Status Reviews including Course of Action decision briefs
  • Represents the organization in developing solutions to difficult technical problems
  • Provides input and status to the program integrated master schedule (IMS)
  • Exercises sound judgement to avoid erroneous decisions or recommendations that may result in serious program delays and considerable expenditure or resources

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering or computer science field and two (2+) years of related experience as a systems engineer; OR Master's degree. Additional experience will not be considered in lieu of a degree  
  • Must have two (2+) years experience supporting ground system operations
  • Familiarity with cloud architectures, such as AWS and OpenStack
  • Experience supporting system integration processes such as:
    • Configuration Management
    • Software Release Management
    • Patch Management
    • Change Management
  • This position requires the candidate possess a minimum of Top Secret clearance with ability to upgrade to TS/SCI and pass a polygraph within 30 days of employment or at customers request- Contract requires TS/SCI with poly. The candidate must maintain the clearance. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (or the equivalent) in a technical field
  • Two (2+) years of experience in the Intelligence Community with systems engineering focus
  • One (1+) year of experience in software or hardware integration
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently and with stakeholders
  • Defensive space control, such as space operations and/or mission protection experience


Peraton offers enhanced benefits to employees working on this critical National Security program, which include heavily subsidized employee benefits coverage for you and your dependents, 25 days of PTO accrued annually up to a generous PTO cap and eligible to participate in an attractive bonus plan.




Target Salary Range

$86,000 - $138,000. This represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.
SCA / Union / Intern Rate or Range


An Equal Opportunity Employer including Disability/Veteran.

Our Values


At Peraton, our benefits are designed to help keep you at your best beyond the work you do with us daily. We’re fully committed to the growth of our employees. From fully comprehensive medical plans to tuition reimbursement, tuition assistance, and fertility treatment, we are there to support you all the way.

  • Paid Time-Off and Holidays
  • Retirement
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Career Development
  • Tuition Assistance and Student Loan Financing
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Additional Benefits
  • Medical, Dental, & Vision Care
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