Principal Systems Assurance Radiation Effects Engineer

Ball Aerospace & Technologies   •  

Boulder, CO

8 - 10 years

Posted 246 days ago

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Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace leads the way in designing, developing and manufacturing innovative aerospace systems.  We take on some of the most complex and exciting challenges in the universe--from space and Earth science to national security and intelligence programs.



We produce spacecraft, instruments and sensors, RF and microwave technologies, data exploitation solutions, and a variety of advanced aerospace technologies and products.  In addition, we pioneered the development of the commercial remote sensing market, producing spacecraft and imaging systems that helped spawn a market-driven demand for imagery.



Our success is built on more than products or systems.  Our team of more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff drives all the achievements at Ball Aerospace.  Whether contributing to a better understanding of the universe or helping keep our nation safe, our people bring their diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills together to achieve a common mission.



Principal Systems Assurance Radiation Effects Engineer

Perform the engineering required to establish the basis for independent technical evaluations of hardware architecture-, segment-, and system-level designs as it relates to the selection, evaluation, analysis and documentation of radiation analysis, design, materials and effects on the system across customer and program portfolios.  Lead applicable analysis to ensure that the design has sufficient performance margins, survivability, resiliency, and pedigree to meet systems-level radiation requirements to achieve mission success in the operational environment.  Responsible for reviewing all mission, system, and design-level requirements and informing the system design through mission and on-orbit analysis to ensure compliance with the requirements and overall mission objectives.  Responsible for thorough research of available characterization or test data.

What You’ll Do:

  • Work with management to assess program radiation requirements, research available databases for applicable system and component radiation performance and test data, develop, supervise, and run tests as necessary to evaluate system and/or component susceptibility toradiation environments.
  • Interpret government and program radiation requirements and derive requirements basedon mission/system/operational environment.
  • Provide design and verification of system-level electronics to withstand the space radiation environment.
  • Prepare and present a summary of radiation analyses at customer design reviews as needed.
  • Provide the evidence necessary to support radiation survivability claims and to substantiate the determination that the system meets requirements and supports overall mission objectives
  • Work across all program phases, supporting proposals, defining specs, developing designs, supporting subcontractor analyses, and radiation testing.  Responsible for developing and implementing radiation assurance plans for various programs as needed.
  • Organize and control company component radiation data for ease of access, generate radiation analysis reports for internal and external review / approval, coordinate with other departments for project inputs and requirements, prepare and present summary of radiation analyses at customer design reviews as needed, and peer review technical reports and papers
  • Support the generation of time-phased/staffing estimates for Systems Assurance, radiation work-products, and required Design Assurance inputs in support of system-level radiation product deliverables.  Develop detailed development schedules and manage team activities to meet delivery milestones.
  • Promote development of a strong team by participation in key aspects of the project and mentoring more junior team members. When delegating, establish clear expectations by providing well-defined tasks with clear entrance/exit criteria, due dates, and associated budgets.
  • Manage company-wide technical and programmatic priorities in relation to customer technical and programmatic priorities.
  • Work with classified documents which requires thorough knowledge of DoD procedures for the proper usage and safeguarding of classified information.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Unitsand the Company.  Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.  

What You’ll Need:

  • BS degree or higher in Physics, Engineering or a related technical field is requiredplus12 or more years of related experience.
  • TS/SCI security clearance preferred.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, strong written, communication, oral presentations skills, and ability to lead group discussions.
  • In addition to the typical educational and experience requirements, a demonstrated capability to adequately perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the position and exhibit the skills and competencies of the grade level should be considered.  Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or clean room, outdoors or remote research environment.
  • May occasionally work in production work centers where use of protective equipment and gear is required.
  • May access other facilities in various weather conditions.
  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.