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The MITRE Corporation Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Bedford, Massachusetts

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The MITRE Corporation’s Electronic Systems Innovation Center is seeking a Senior Principal Systems Engineer to provide the vision and strategy for proposing, developing and implementing electronic systems prototypes and technology creating solutions for a safer world.  The Senior Principal Engineer will be a technical and business leader for several internal and external efforts in the proposal, design, prototyping, analysis, and demonstration of electronic systems for a variety of applications and sponsors.

Department Summary:

The Electronic Systems Innovation Center is a leader in applying cutting edge technologies to solve the nation’s toughest problems. The Electronic Systems Development and Embedded Security department specializes in prototyping and analyzing the next-generation systems for our sponsors to reduce risk in Programs of Record (PoR), bring innovative new solutions to solve challenges of national importance while protecting critical program information, and provide subject matter expertise with hands-on experience.

Job Responsibilities:

This position will work across MITRE projects, the United States Government (USG), academia, and industrial partners in driving the development and adoption of prototype technologies to enable new capabilities.  The Senior Principal Engineer will be a Technical Expert and Thought Leader responsible for creating and sustaining external partnerships to further the research and adoption of the core capabilities of the innovation center including Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) technology, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), Systems-on-a-Chip (SoCs), and other commercial-off-the-shelf components for the USG, Antennas and Electromagnetics, Advanced Manufacturing, Mechanical Design, Optics and Photonics, to create bespoke systems in critical US infrastructure, Communications and SIGINT, Sensing, Communications, Position Navigation and Timing, and other systems of national importance.  Candidates should have strong technical background and research experience in electronics hardware design and prototyping, semiconductors, anti-tamper and reverse engineering, embedded systems design and security, and applications analysis across a range of mission application spaces. Candidates should also have demonstrated experience leading with project technical leadership, federal government policy and regulations, academic and government research activities, as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Basic Qualifications

· Typically requires a minimum of 12 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 8 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD with 5 years’ experience; or equivalent combination of related education and work experience

· This requisition requires the candidate to have the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance and the ability to participate in classified discussions at the Bedford, MA campus secure facilities as needed.

· Experience developing strategies, roadmaps, and prototypes for electronic systems

· Experience with USG electronic systems and relevant PoR

· Experience with high speed communication systems and components

· Ability to work with customers to understand their use cases and formulate a path forward, requires excellent oral and written communication skills for technical and non-technical audiences

· Ability to build consensus and partnerships across industry, academia, and government to promote and advance the state of the art in microelectronics systems to address issues of national impact

· Expertise in the design of microelectronic components and systems, including digital design, FPGA design, and embedded software architecture and development

· Experience identifying and applying emerging technologies to USG PoR

· Experience with identifying and advocating for critical lab and infrastructure investments

· Experience identifying and pursuing research areas for electronic systems

· Experience developing, attracting, and retaining talent in electronic systems

· Experience fostering an environment and culture of innovation, technical leadership, collaboration, camaraderie, and technical quality

· Experience leading teams developing electronic systems for USG applications

· Willingness/passion for mentoring and developing junior engineers

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

Preferred Qualifications

o Domain-specific expertise and/or related education in electronic warfare applications

o M.S. or PhD in Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field

o Additional years of experience

o Active Top Secret/SCI security clearance

o Experience with secure design of ASICs, commercial programmable SoCs, and FPGAs

o Experience applying novel signal processing techniques

Our culture is a tangible asset that endures through our people and leaders. At MITRE, our leaders must also demonstrate and continually develop a consistent set of shared Leadership Competencies:

  • Lead with a Strategic Mindset: Drives alignment across MITRE to achieve our mission by engaging across and beyond the enterprise, making and executing decisions, and activating the Good Growth Strategy.

  • Create Value: Takes a broad approach to solving complex problems using a national and global lens. Unleashes the full capabilities of our people in a relentless pursuit of innovative solutions that are scalable, equitable, transferable, and sustainable.

  • Cultivate Inclusion: Creates an environment and opportunities, built on trust, where people can be their whole authentic self, feeling welcomed, supported, engaged, and respected for who they are and what they contribute to the organization. Embraces and engages all dimensions of diversity to exponentially expand MITRE’s impact in solving problems for a safer world.

  • Communicate for Impact: Conveys powerful messages tailored to the unique needs of stakeholders—and desired outcomes—in a style that engages and inspires action. Exemplifies active listening to foster collaboration, understanding, and alignment.

  • Commit to Action and Outcomes: Holds self and others accountable for acting on and achieving established objectives. Exemplifies cultural attributes while executing and delivering impactful outcomes.

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

Salary compensation range and midpoint:

$182,000 - $227,500 - $273,000 Annual

Work Location Type:


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