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The MITRE Corporation Principal Modeling and Simulation Engineer (Air and Space Forces Center) in Bedford, Massachusetts

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Department Summary:

The Tactical Air Dominance Department (N151) is transforming warfighter operations by accelerating the fielding of advanced families of weapon systems through digital acquisition, advanced simulation and emulation, resilient communications, and autonomy experimentation. Our work programs contribute to the United States Air Force Operational Imperatives where we are enabling the warfighter to execute current and emerging kill chains effectively and efficiently in highly contested environments. We strongly value deep technical and operational expertise, a mission-oriented mindset, and a desire to firmly link the acquisition of advanced capabilities to operational warfighters, analysts, and end-users.

Our Department is seeking candidates with knowledge and interest in mission engineering, modeling and simulation, operational analysis. In this role you will work across the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) sponsors to shape and cohere effects chain and operational analysis efforts. Successful candidate(s) will develop an understanding of end-to-end mission effects chains, including the underlying sensing, command and control, fires, and logistics, and how these variables would be employed in the mission-effects chain. Successful candidate(s) will also learn new mission engineering, modeling and simulation, and operational analysis techniques and approaches on-the-job, working in collaboration with other team members.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The selected individual will be responsible for:

  • Generating, decomposing, and reviewing system requirements.

  • Modeling system requirements, behaviors and interfaces through Digital Engineering processes and tools.

  • Supporting systems development, analysis, and testing.

  • Developing and evaluating system designs and architectures.

  • Leading the development technical solutions and communicating these solutions in support of MITRE’s defense sponsors.

  • Developing technical papers and presentations that can communicate such activities as architecture designs, Analysis of Alternatives, informational presentations, and technical analysis.

  • Collaborating with other engineers across MITRE’s organizations in order to coordinate development efforts, bring the expertise of others to bear on projects, and to ensure common standards of product quality.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field with a minimum of 10 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree, or 8 years and a Master’s degree, or a PhD with 5 years’ experience.

  • Active DoD SECRET Security Clearance with the ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.

  • Demonstrated experience of leading teams in applying principles of systems engineering to inform evidence-driven decision making.

  • Committed to continuous learning, innovation, and engineering excellence.

  • Demonstrated experience in collaborating and communicating with senior level DoD sponsors

  • Strong interest in aircraft system design, aircraft integration, and early weapon systems engineering.

  • Demonstrated experience with object-oriented software languages (Java, C++, etc.), schema-based languages (JSON, XML, etc.), and/or scripting languages (Python)

  • Subject matter expert in system modeling and simulation tools such as MATLAB, Cameo, Rhapsody, AFSIM, etc.

  • Ability to work and communicate effectively within multi-disciplinary teams

  • This position requires a minimum of 50% hybrid on-site

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or similar STEM field

  • Active DoD TOP SECRET/SCI Security Clearance.

  • Demonstrated experience with systems engineering lifecycle activities (requirements, design, development, testing, deployment, sustainment) for DoD Sponsors.

    This requisition requires the candidate to have a minimum of the following clearance(s):


This requisition requires the hired candidate to have or obtain, within one year from the date of hire, the following clearance(s):

Top Secret/SCI

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