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Systems Engineer

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6/19/2017 4:00:25 PM
Columbus, OH US
Job Description:

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.


Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.


We are currently seeking a Systems Engineer. This position located in Columbus, OH.





The Systems Engineer will work in the IUS Business Line, which is composed of researchers, scientists, engineers, designers, and technicians.  IUS works across various Battelle Business Lines/Units to lead and/or support applied research and engineering projects in support of US Government and commercial clients.  The candidate will work alongside other Battelle professionals to deliver capabilities in accordance with established cost, schedule, and technical metrics.    


The ideal candidate has 10+ years of experience as a systems engineer with a reputation of being effective, technically competent, collaborative, responsive, and tenacious.  The ideal candidate has expertise in systems integration and unmanned systems, including the development, testing, production, and sustainment of air, surface (land and maritime), sub-surface platforms and associated payloads (C4I, SIGINT, IMINT, TTL, and weapons).  Team collaboration, leadership, and technical/non-technical problem solving are essential.




The candidate will report to the Programs Manager within the IUS Business Line.  The candidate will support engineering projects that involve design, analysis, modeling, testing, fabrication, and troubleshooting of electronic, electrical, electromechanical, electromagnetic, thermal, fluid, computer, and network components, subsystems, and systems that will be used in arduous land and maritime environments.  Travel will be required.  Responsibilities include:


  • Ensure all systems/sub-systems/components work IAW established design requirements
  • Orchestrate conceptual design, detailed design, prototyping, fabrication, and testing activities
  • Orchestrate the activities and tasking of inter-disciplinary engineering staff
  • Orchestrate laboratory and/or field tests and/or experiments
  • Lead platform improvement and payload integration efforts
  • Encourage and orchestrate continuous improvement and technical problem solving
  • Provide leadership and technical acumen to project teams
  • Assist Program Manager in planning and executing project activities
  • Assist Program Manager in labor forecasting to ensure adequate project staffing
  • Generate/review technical documents, including requirements, specifications, and test plans/reports




  • Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET-accredited program and 8-10 years performing high- level systems engineering
  • Ability to translate qualitative customer requirements into quantitative, testable objectives
  • Ability to interface with various engineering disciplines
  • Familiarity with cradle-to-grave engineering processes, including: requirements, conceptual design, detailed design, prototyping, fabrication, and testing
  • Experience with environmental test equipment, procedures, and protocols
  • Ability to interface with commercial and US government end-users and program offices
  • Ability to generate proposals, specifications, plans, procedures, and technical reports
  • Ability to critically review technical documentation and provide constructive feedback
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with technical and non-technical audiences
  • Responsible contributor who proactively follows-up on delegated tasks
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a larger team
  • U.S. Citizen with willingness/ability to possess DoD Secret security clearance




  • 10+ years performing high-level systems engineering
  • Master’s Degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET-accredited program
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering
  • INCOSE-certified in Systems Engineering
  • DAWIA Level 2 Systems Engineering Certification
  • Familiarity with requirements management software such as Cradle
  • Familiarity with Configuration Control and Configuration Management principles and practices
  • Experience with FIPS certification processes
  • Experience with product development and manufacturing
  • Experience with engineering products to meet ISO 9001 standard
  • Experience with Risk Management tools and processes, including DFMEA and FTA
  • Experience with Root Cause Corrective Analysis (RCCA)
  • Experience with Reliability, Availability, Maintainability (RAM) methods and calculations
  • Experience with engineering analogies and modeling of engineering systems
  • Experience with rapid prototyping equipment and processes
  • Experience with EMI/EMC design/troubleshooting on unmanned systems
  • Experience with payload integration onto unmanned systems
  • Experience with data links, encryption, and encoding schemes on unmanned systems
  • Ability to develop CONOPs that synergize technologies with tactical applications
  • Experience with MATLAB and LabVIEW
  • Experience working with the Special Operations and Intelligence communities
  • U.S. Citizen with willingness/ability to possess DoD TS/SCI security clearance




    Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.


    Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected classes covered under federal or applicable state and local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.”

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