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Sr. Principal Chief Payload Engineer


Applications Engineer


San Diego, California, United States


The Space Systems Research Branch within the Leidos Innovation Center at Leidos currently has an opening for a Senior Principal Chief Payload Engineer to work in our San Diego, CA office. This is an exciting opportunity to use your experience leading the engineering design, build and test Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) payloads where Leidos is transforming the payload solutions for the future.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for applied research and advanced engineering in the development of new electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensors, components, and subassemblies.
  • Responsible for technical planning, cost analysis, and risk analysis
  • On a project basis, directs and coordinates all activities necessary to complete major projects requiring a wide variety of technical skills.
  • Organizes and reviews technical effort, documentation, and deliverables on contracts in conjunction with program management staff.
  • Serves as the technical lead for assigned EO/IR system proposals and assists in developing and screening research and development proposals within the department. Assists managers in identifying and evaluating company technical capabilities which will help strengthen proposals, key technologies, and investment strategies directed toward company growth. Assists in evaluating technical capabilities of prospective and existing employees.
    Recognized authority in the design, assembly, test, and operation of EO/IR sensors in all domains (ground, air, space) who is capable of handling challenging environments.
  • Communication skills necessary to advise, counsel, and/or guide people on complex matters.
  • Success is highly dependent upon the level and proficiency of communication/writing skills.
  • Mentors and coaches other technical staff.

Basic Qualifications

  • Must have a Secret security clearance.
  • Experience in Space product design, development, and test is required.
  • Bachelor's degree with 20+ years of prior relevant experience, Masters with 15+ years of prior relevant experience, or Doctorate with 13+ years of relevant experience.
  • Specialized experience including the use of structured analysis, design methodologies and/or design tools in the development and implementation of large projects and experience leading EO/IR sensor assembly, integration, and test.
  • Creative problem solver and demonstrate a broad ranging technical management and team development experience encompassing: Electro-optical multispectral and hyperspectral imaging sensors for ground, airborne and space applications, Visible and infrared focal plane arrays and photo-detector technology, Process and system development, Failure and reliability engineering, Risk analysis and management

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $144,300.00 - $260,850.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.