[Hiring] Senior Systems Engineer @Pacific Defense

  • PublishedSeptember 25, 2023



** Candidate must be a US Citizen and possess (and be able to maintain) a Final Secret Clearance **

Location: Sunnyvale CA, El Segundo CA, Nashua NH, Cedar Rapids IA, Ft. Wayne IN

About Us

Pacific Defense is an industry leading developer of advanced RF and electronics systems for the U.S. Department of Defense and commercial customers. We specialize in Open Systems Architecture solutions for electromagnetic spectrum warfare. Our vision provides cost effective, highly capable, modular, and rapidly reconfigurable systems to our customers in less than half the time of traditional defense contractors. Our team delivers sensing and effects solutions for the Land, Air, Sea and Space domains at an unprecedented pace. We accomplish this strategy by combining broad domain experience in Radar, EW, SIGINT, and Communications with a go-fast execution model. Our model fully leverages Open Standards, like SOSA, CMOSS, and MORA, as well as rapid prototyping methodologies to bring our advanced capabilities to customers quickly. The Pacific Defense family includes facilities throughout the country, staffed with expertise spanning signal processing, novel algorithm development, cognitive systems, high performance computing, hardware design and development, and systems integration and test. We embrace the diversity of people, ideas, and a great employee experience to drive the innovation that runs through everything we do. Pacific Defense has established an excellent reputation in our professional community and is growing our team to seize new opportunities to solve tough challenges for national defense. Come join our team and accelerate your career!

Who are we looking for?

Pacific Defense is seeking a Senior Systems Engineer with the ability to lead and execute complex programs across the business. Pacific Defense has organized into an integrated CMOSS Solutions, Electronic Warfare and Space business areas. Within these business areas there are many products that support them including Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) products, Communications products (VLF through SHF and beyond), Electronic Warfare SDRs, and others. The Sr. System Engineer might specialize in one of the business areas or support across all of them, dependent on the qualifications and desires of applicants. Pacific Defense believes deeply in matching the job to the person.


You’ll Bring These Qualifications

  • Passion for both program startup and test and integration (paper to scope)
  • Skills needed for program startup including requirement generation, allocation, and verification.
  • Lab experience to support/lead the Integration and Test efforts up to and including verification/validation/acceptance.
  • Experience with PNT, Communications waveforms, Electronic Warfare (comms and/or non-comms).
  • Perform supporting analysis needed for proposals and documentation.
  • Be a voice into the direction of product development and future pursuits.
  • Work solutions to program problems across the company
  • Support new business initiatives as required to include contribution to technical content, distribution, and collection/validation of Engineering artifacts across all Engineering disciplines.
  • Mentorship and growth of early career System Engineers

Required Skills:

  • Understanding of Open Systems standards and experience using them (SOSA, CMOSS, MORA, VICTORY)
  • Attention to detail and a self-starter.
  • Willingness to help establish processes and procedures where there are none in a growing small company atmosphere.
  • Experience with hardware architecture, specification, design, integration, and testing
  • Work with customers to develop and document system requirements.
  • Strong understanding of hardware engineering (mechanical, thermal, circuit card design), electrical engineering, electronics, and computer architectures
  • Coordinate work to analyze and translate requirements into system architecture, hardware and software designs and interface specifications.
  • Strong understanding of General-Purpose Graphical Processing Units (GPGPUs), General Purposes Processors, and Firmware devices
  • Ability to design, analyze, and evaluate hardware products.
  • Experience following processes to ensure quality and predictability of hardware development.
  • Develop models or simulations and apply advanced computer programs, analytical techniques, or control strategies to effectively meet requirements and resolve problems.
  • Experience with Power conditioning electronics, control system design and theory
  • Critical thinker, with prudent risk tolerance to balance risk and technology with requirements, cost, and schedule
  • Competitive spirit accepting of challenges with a willingness to learn and recover from mistakes.
  • Willingness to learn and explore on your own, and travel, when necessary, in support of business goals.
  • Strong desire to work at a smaller company free of many of the “big company” roadblocks.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with experience presenting technical material.
  • Must be a US Citizen, with a willingness and ability to gain/regain security clearance.


  • 10 years of experience with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science, Mathematics, or other relevant technical field.


What we can offer you:

Pacific Defense provides competitive salaries, performance bonuses at all levels, and immediately vested 401K match. We cover 100% coverage for the employee and 75% coverage for dependents medical, dental, vision, and life insurance premiums, as well as a flexible spending account for incidental health care expenses. We offer paid time off and federal holidays to spend time with family, pursue outside interests, or just get some extra rest.

Pacific Defense is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.


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