Principal Nuclear Hardness & Survivability Scientist Job
Job Description Job Attributes+
Hill AFB, UT 84056, US
Engineering & Technology
BAE Systems is seeking an exceptional principal scientist for an exciting opportunity to support the Air Force's acquisition of the next generation Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), the Sentinel.
Tell me about this job. This specialist will work with a highly skilled team providing critical risks, opportunities, and consultation to the U.S. Air Force concerning nuclear hardening and survivability of a new weapon system. This position will provide world-class technical expertise in the realm of nuclear hardness and survivability to the U.S. Air Force as a support contractor. This position will require the employee to become the in-house expert on Department of Defense and Industry standards pertaining to nuclear hardness and survivability. In addition, this position will provide training to program managers on risk assessments, serve as a mentor to junior engineers and scientists, and review critical data for the U.S. Air Force’s upgrade to Sentinel (formerly the Ground-based Strategic Deterrent). This position will operate in an organizational culture that develops and challenges employees to achieve high performance in a fast-paced, high-morale workplace using streamlined management policies and procedures. It is a challenging and rewarding opportunity to shape the development and deployment of the next generation intercontinental ballistic missile, the national security-critical backbone of our nuclear deterrent capability.
This is a rare opportunity to join a high-performing team within a large defense company with an extraordinary, positive culture and mission focus. In this position, you will provide direct support to a national security-critical weapon system throughout engineering development, deployment and sustainment. You will help support several hundred personnel providing the government with ICBM expertise. You will become a trusted mission partner to the innovative, digital engineering-driven Air Force organization that is responsible to design, build, test, transition, and sustain the world’s safest, most secure, and effective land-based nuclear deterrent, on-schedule. Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Why BAE Systems? BAE Systems is the third largest defense contractor in the world with an exceptional, mission-focused culture. The 800+ BAE Systems employees and sub-contractors located at Hill Air Force Base, Utah are closely aligned to the United States Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. We support the Center in sustaining the existing LGM-30 Minuteman III (MM III) weapon system and acquiring its replacement, the Sentinel Program (formerly Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent). We are a uniquely-valued mission partner delivering daily technical excellence and innovative solutions to our government customers. BAE Systems has earned accolades as a “Top Workplace” in Utah based on employee feedback for four consecutive years, earning special distinction for providing a healthy work-life balance for our valued employees. We work very hard to ensure this is a great place to work!
Why Utah? You’ve got to see it to believe it! Utah is an amazing state with diverse geography, an eclectic culture, and an exceptional quality of life. We are located north of Salt Lake City at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. The area offers an incredible range of outdoors pursuits across the seasons including hiking, climbing, hunting, fishing, camping, boating and world-class skiing at resorts that hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. The state is home to five amazing National Parks and an easy drive from two more; Grand Teton and, famously, the first National Park in the world, Yellowstone. The Salt Lake City area offers a vast array of cultural activities and businesses including multiple professional sports teams. It is a western states hub for exceptional, cutting-edge medical care with people traveling from across the region for a range of nationally renowned specialty care centers and doctors. The Salt Lake International Airport is expanding and offers easy, direct access to just about anywhere you want to fly.
Why Sentinel? The Sentinel Program is an enormous and complex “Mega-Project” modernizing the entire ICBM weapon system deployed across tens of thousands of square miles in five states. Without any doubt, Sentinel is one of the DoD’s most important acquisition efforts for the next decade, if not longer. It includes a complete refurbishment of hundreds of aging Minuteman III ICBM facilities to secure and support a newly designed, technologically advanced ballistic missile. It will also provide an entirely new command and control system as well as vast array of required support equipment specifically engineered to operate and sustain the new weapon system over the decades ahead. Sentinel is the Department of Defense’s newest official “program of record,” having just achieved Milestone B. It enjoys broad, strong support at the national level. It is a long-term project -- the weapon system will deploy over a nine-year period beginning in approximately 2026, and remain operational until at least 2075. Sentinel is a career-defining program that will present unique and challenging opportunities that simply are not available with smaller projects.
Join an extraordinary company culture and the winning team to success this year and for years to come.
Pursuant to Government contract, this position requires US Citizenship status.
Required Education, Experience, & Skills
M.S. in Chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry, Nuclear Science, Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or Electrical Engineering with 7 years of relevant experience or PhD with 5 years relevant experience
Proactive person with a positive attitude and a “team player” mentality
Prior experience to mentoring younger engineers and/or scientists
Highly organized with acute attention to detail
Possess a willingness to learn while also sharing your current knowledge/skills
Proactively provides ideas/thoughts (your ideas are valued/desired here!)
Values brainstorming and changing the status quo
Possesses both strategic thinking skills and tactical execution skills
Strong communication skills
Must be eligible to obtain a Top Secret security clearance
Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills
Prior experience with leading a team of engineers and/or scientists
Prior experience with DoD Acquisitions Programs and/or weapons systems
Specific ICBM weapon system experience a plus
Experience with nuclear hardness and/or Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) case studies
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