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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Principal Engineer - Detector Systems Engineering (665911) - Security clearance required in Broomfield, Colorado

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Principal Engineer - Detector Systems Engineering (665911) - Security clearance required

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CO - Broomfield

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Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit, Facebook or Twitter.


Principal Engineer - Detector Systems Engineering

Detector Systems Engineer to fill technical and leadership roles in support of design, analysis, fabrication, test, and operation of spacecraft / aircraft electro-optical systems for commercial, DoD and NASA customers.

What You’ll Do:

  • Lead the development of custom visible (CCD and visible hybrid), NIR, SWIR, MWIR (3 - 5 micron, and LWIR (8-12 micron) camera systems for space applications.

  • Responsible for defining the system architecture and providing conceptual guidance in the design and test of low noise focal plane detectors used in high-speed video, LIDAR and scientific space-based applications.

  • Develop system specifications used to specify, develop and design custom detectors.

  • Work directly with detector and electronics hardware to demonstrate performance, to debug operational issues, and to characterize devices.

  • Perform detector system analysis including radiometric analysis, MTF analysis, noise analysis, and radiation effects modeling.

  • Lead cross functional teams including optical, electrical, mechanical, thermal, and systems engineers to develop and to optimize detector system performance.

  • Identify opportunities for internal research and development programs and lead funded projects to success.

  • Contribute to the development of the roadmap for detector systems.

  • Manage cost, schedule, and system performance to meet program goals.

  • Communicate across programs to facilitate development of devices and execution of programs within Ball teams, customers, and detector vendors.

  • Identify and lead proposal efforts for new camera systems and detector technologies.

  • Lead detector procurement activities and vendor selection processes including technical subcontract management off-site

  • Travel to vendor sites as needed for project execution and device development.

  • Guide and mentor junior engineers and promote skills growth in the Detector Engineering Team including teaching internal classes and developing internal materials.

  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units and the Company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.

  • Perform other duties as necessary.

What You’ll Need:

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 12 or more years of related experience.

  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of related experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.

  • Active TS/SCI, SSBI, or Top Secret clearance required

  • Demonstrated experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in relevant business environments.

  • Advanced knowledge of visible, NIR, SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR detector characterization, design, and system level integration.

  • Experience with modeling and performance analysis of visible, NIR, SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR detectors.

  • Experience reviewing detector designs and layouts.

  • Experience developing test plans and procedures for detector requirements verification.

  • Effective interpersonal skills including demonstrated leadership and team building skills.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills and presentation skills.

  • Hands-on electronics skills and electronic test equipment experience.

  • Advanced detector integration, test, and evaluation skills.

  • Experience with detector operation in radiation environments.

  • Experience with technical subcontract management.

  • Experience with detector operation in a tactical environment and/or experience with "flight" hardware programs, i.e., "space-qualified” hardware.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or clean room, outdoors or remote research environment.

  • May occasionally work in production work centers where use of protective equipment and gear is required.

  • May access other facilities in various weather conditions.

  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.

Security Clearance:

Successful candidate will have completed a government national security clearance investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. *U.S. Citizenship is Required. By applying to this position you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire, if one is required, to evaluate your general ability to obtain the required security clearance or government customer access associated with this position.


Relocation for this position is Available

EEO Statement:


Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.