Reliant is looking for a strong Re-Entry Systems Engineer to support technical program performance of Medium Range Targets and Re-Entry Vehicles programs at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). This is a technical engineering position supporting customer oversight of prime contractor computational fluid dynamics, thermal, and structural dynamics modeling & simulation of high speed target systems. Candidates should have prior experience in performing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) on supersonic and/or hypersonic platforms, have recent experience in CFD tools presently being used in the field, and be able to lead and effectively communicate with staff members less experienced in this field. The successful candidate will have demonstrated capabilities and experience in missile systems, reentry systems, operational and testing aspects of the BMDS, and technical program planning and execution. Candidate will provide assistance and facilitate organizing, coordinating and executing target technical program activities both within MDA and the prime support contractors. Candidate will also provide technical support in monitoring and assessing the performance of MDA target providers to ensure their activities and products meet program requirements.

What You’ll Be Doing:

Must develop a clear understanding of customer goals and objectives and shape Integrated Product team (IPT) activities to accomplish objectives within the program schedule and cost profile
Review and assess prime contractor computational fluid dynamic models and data products relative to program design requirements and performance objectives
Perform trade space analysis, evaluating system and mission performance, and use the knowledge gained to guide the customer and prime contractor design cycle of new targets systems
Effectively communicate results and issues with MDA, prime contractor, and FFRDC aerodynamics, thermal, and structural engineers, and interact daily with customers, team members, and end users
Support prime contractor wind tunnel and flight tests to validate tools and analyses
Identify and support to the resolution of complex engineering issues that can involve multiple engineering functional areas within MDA as well as at the contractor and FFRDCs
Support the customer and prime contractors in identifying and evaluating innovative technical solutions leveraging best practices, prior lessons learned, and best engineering practices
Represent the interests of the customer in Failure Review Boards, Working Groups, Integrated Product Teams, Engineering/Material Review Boards, and Technical Interchange Meetings
Provide ongoing review and assessment of contractor program execution and technical requirements/data (specifications, analyses, test plans/reports) throughout program performance
Review and provide comments on Prime Contractor Objective Evidence in support of major milestone reviews (e.g. SRRs, PDRs, CDRs)
On limited occasions candidates may be required to directly conduct independent assessment to solve complex challenges associated with high speed systems to support oversight of contractor deliverable and/or failure reviews. This may include high Mach number CFD and heat transfer, high angle of attack aerodynamics, jet interactions, cavity flows, separation events, etc.
Develop briefings and decision packages for Targets and MDA Leadership
Travel to contractor and test locations CONUS/OCONUS (approximately 20% travel)

What Required Skills You’ll Bring:

MS or MA degree with 12+ years of relevant experience OR BA/BS degree with 20+ years of experience in lieu of Master’s Degree
Active Secret
Works independently and leads teams to analyze and resolve problems
Must be able to provide daily supervision and direction to support teams
Experience with the following disciplines:
– CFD tools, analysis, and application to high speed flows flows
– Post processing CFD data
– FEA tools and analysis
– Thermal analysis tools
– Prior experience in system analysis and trade space analysis
Candidates should have prior experience in performing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) on supersonic and/or hypersonic platforms and have recent experience in the CFD, thermal analysis, and structural analysis tools presently being used in the field
Candidates should have experience in coupling CFD to structural analysis (FEA) and/or thermal analysis, with a preference towards integrating all three types of analysis
Capability to develop and present reports and presentations to senior-level management personnel
Familiarity with acquisition and systems engineering processes
What Desired Skills You’ll Bring:

Technical proposal development and evaluation
Prior experience working directly with prime contractors and FFRDCs on behalf of the government

Job Category: Systems Engineer
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Huntsville
Clearance Level: Secret

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