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Space IR Engineer

Location: Chantilly, Virginia Categories: Systems Engineering Req ID: 2022-6268 Potential to Telecommute: Yes

Job Description

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Position Overview:

Modern Technology Solutions, Inc (MTSI) is seeking a Space IR Engineer to fill a SETA (Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance) position with the Space Development Agency (SDA). SDA is breaking the norms of the DoD acquisition cycle, delivering a new tranche of hundreds of satellites every two years. The IR Engineer will support the development of the Tranche 1 Tracking Layer. Each vendor of the Tranche 1 Tracking Layer will be designing, building, and launching satellites in approximately 30 months to provide near-global IR event detection. The IR Engineer will support the Government in the development of the sensor optics through the focal plane array. This position will be part of a team of MTSI personnel providing SETA support.  A significant portion of the work may be done from home or remote, and occasional travel may be required.   Travel to the vendor locations will be required.

At MTSI, our more than 1,400+ co-owners recognize the high demand for specialized professionals within our industry and that you have many options to choose.  As an employee owned company where culture matters, we believe that by investing in our people we are investing in our company’s future!  

MTSI’s core capabilities are Systems Engineering and Integration, Modeling and Simulation, Test and Evaluation, Acquisition and Program Support, and Mission Assurance services. Our expertise includes ballistic missile defense, air defense, air vehicle survivability, unmanned aircraft, flight test operations, intelligence support, and cyber/space/homeland defense.

Recognized as an "employee comes first" company with over 28 years of consecutive growth we challenge our co-owners to provide the highest level of support and service, and reward them with some of the best benefits in the industry.  Day one all new co-workers start accruing PTO at a rate of 20 days, 6% 401k match with immediate vesting, semi-annual bonuses, and eligibility to participate in our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).  We offer other employee focused benefits, including up to $10k in tuition reimbursement and an optional zero dollar deductible BCBS health insurance plan.

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As a Space IR Engineer with MTSI, you will apply knowledge and expertise to perform technical engineering support and analysis of spacecraft and payloads.  A significant portion of the work may be done from home or remote.  Travel to vendor locations will be required.

Your essential job functions will include but may not be limited to:

  • Assisting the Government in analyzing contractor designs at the system and subsystem levels.
  • Identifying risks and appropriate mitigation strategies.
  • Acting as the subject matter expert in EO/IR sensor design and performance.
  • Modeling the performance of selected contractor systems in the context of mission CONOPs.


  • 10+ years of experience in the development of EO/IR sensors
    Experience with sensor optical design.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Self-starter capable of making decisions and taking actions with minimal direct supervision.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred/Desired Experience:

  • 5+ years’ experience in the DoD or Intelligence Community.

Education Requirements: 

  • Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, systems engineering, physics, or a closely related field from an accredited university.
  • Master's degree in aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, systems engineering, physics, or a closely related field from an accredited university, (DESIRED).

Clearance Requirements:

  • Active SECRET clearance to start, with SCI Eligibility.
  • Active Top Secret/SCI Clearance (Desired).
  • U.S. Citizenship is required for this position.





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Opportunities at MTSI

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