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Hypersonics Science and Technology Director

Science and Research

Food Science



King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States


Job Description:

The Leidos Innovations Center (LInC) has an opening for a Hypersonics Science and Technology Director in our King of Prussia, PA office. The candidate will provide hypersonics and counter-hypersonics technical thought leadership within Leidos and Department of Defense customer community to capture and execute research and development programs. In this primarily technical position, the candidate will be expected to also apply deep domain knowledge toward business development, marketing, and proposal activities in order to help grow the Leidos air-breathing hypersonics program portfolio. The growth will be accomplished by expanding our current modeling and simulation business into concept development, providing prototype sub-systems and systems for our nation’s defense.

Primary Responsibilities

Create new innovative technical concepts to capture and execute programs for the design and analysis of high speed weapon systems. Lead technical execution in the areas of guidance and control, computational fluid, structural, and thermal dynamics for those efforts. The successful candidate will drive technical innovation in two or more of the following business areas:

1) Hypersonics and Counter-Hypersonics.

2) Develop modeling and simulation business by expanding the customer base (e.g. DARPA, Army, Navy, and Missile Defense Agency Science & Technology organizations).

3) Support or grow a Concept Development business. This will involve developing work that moves progressively up the TRL chain from concept/systems analysis to prototype development.

Success is to establish at least one new research contract within one year and to refine air-breathing vehicle concepts to a proposal level for two separate opportunities within 1 year.

A secondary responsibility is the personnel management of a 5-10 person technical team.

Basic Qualifications

Impact & Complexity: Impacts functional strategy by developing new solutions, processes, standards or operational plans that position Leidos competitively in the marketplace. Leads the development of highly innovative products/solutions, achieved through collaboration and dialogue with other experts in the field.

Communication: Must communicate with Leidos personnel, and interact daily with customer program leadership and team members and end users. Must develop a clear understanding of customer goals and objectives and shape work to achieve those goals. Typically negotiates and compromises to convince internal and external parties to accept concepts, practices and approaches of the area.

Knowledge: Requires highest knowledge and mastery of highly advanced technologies, scientific principles, theories and concepts. Viewed as a subject matter expert in the field by peers within and outside the organization. Domain specific knowledge in the areas of Hypersonics, super/hypersonic Aerothermodynamics, Modeling and Simulation, and Weapons Systems Engineering is desired.

Education: Requires a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Aerospace, Mechanical or similar discipline and > 15 years’ experience.

Independence: Strong analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to operate independently with limited supervision and feedback.

Travel: Ability to travel on an as needed basis

Clearance: Must be a U.S. Citizen with active Secret clearance. Preferred active TS clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

Leadership and Program Management: Prior experience in managing DOD research efforts is a plus. Preference given to candidates with experience in managing research efforts funded by AFRL, DARPA, ONR, and similar. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple simultaneous efforts while keeping efforts on schedule and on budget. Past experience in leading a diverse team with successful outcomes.

Business Development Acumen: Strong candidates will have prior experience in leading successful business development campaigns. Skills desired include the ability to effectively communicate with customers, understand their needs, and develop white papers and proposals. The ability to also develop and communicate a strategy for new business with management is also desired.


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