Laser/Satellite Safety Engineer - Vandenberg SFB, CA

Remote (Vandenberg AFB, CA)

Position Description :

Are you an experienced Engineer looking for a place you can make a difference every day? Serco is the place for you!

We are seeking an experienced Engineer at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California to ensure satellite safety during firing of military lasers. You can make a difference with this exciting and ‘game-changing’ new technology. Your technical expertise and collaborative skills will assist the U.S. Space Command in this critical mission.

This position is contingent upon your ability to maintain your Secret clearance and obtain a Top Secret clearance with SCI access.

Serco supports U.S. Space Command as the prime for their Laser Clearinghouse Technical Support contract providing in-depth technical assistance. Our team conducts studies, analyses, and assessments of potential satellite safety solutions, including deconfliction for the Laser Clearinghouse. Laser-to-satellite deconfliction is based on systems-level and statistical analysis of orbits, satellite sensors, atmospherics, laser parameters, and laser operations.

You will be part of a small team of highly specialized technical experts that works closely with the customer, military laser programs, and satellite owners to ensure safe weapon operations. The team has been recognized by U.S Space Command and the industry for their outstanding contributions to the laser weapon development community.

In this role, you will:

  • Develop concepts, plans, and procedures for laser systems to implement satellite safety solutions.
  • Perform in-depth reviews and assessments of laser system technical analyses, test reports, operations concepts, and problem investigations of complex technical issues.
  • Conduct verification and validation reviews, and analysis and assessments of laser system capabilities for deconfliction and satellite safety. Includes on-site visits and documenting results in reports.
  • Provide comprehensive reviews and assessments of laser capabilities for satellite safety and documenting results in reports or presentations to the customer.
  • Operate the laser registration process by tracking status of laser registrations, screening laser technical parameters, coordinating hazard analyses, and preparing hazard category assignment.
  • Perform probabilistic risk analyses of laser hazards to satellites. Requires use of complex, engineering-level tools.
  • Develop competence in the customer’s Space Deconfliction System (DECON) as well as sophisticated software tools used for laser/satellite deconfliction analysis, satellite susceptibility analysis, and probabilistic risk analysis.
  • Collaborate extensively with the LCH, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division, laser system developers, weapon operators, and other stakeholders.


To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • An active DoD Secret clearance with the ability to obtain and maintain an active TS/SCI clearance
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (systems engineering or other technical disciplines, project management, military planning, or software programming).
  • 5 years' of experience in space operations; laser development and testing; systems engineering; application of software tools to technical problems; or system integration and testing.
  • Experience in consulting directly with military customers.
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time as needed.

Additional desired experience and skills:

  • Master’s or Doctorate degree in a relevant field.
  • Flexibility and ability to work independently on several projects.
  • Ability to work closely with military customers, anticipate mission needs, respond proactively, and integrate complex technical concepts are keys to successful job accomplishment.
  • Experience in programming engineering tools such as Excel VBA, MATLAB, C++, or other languages.

If you are interested in supporting and working with the U.S. Space Force and our hard-charging Serco team- then submit your application now for immediate consideration. It only takes a few minutes and could change your career!

In compliance with state and local laws regarding pay transparency, the salary range for this role is $91,701.62 to $152,836.04; however, Serco considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, and key skills.

Company Overview : Serco Inc. (Serco) is the Americas division of Serco Group, plc. In North America, Serco’s 9,000+ employees strive to make an impact every day across 100+ sites in the areas of Defense, Citizen Services, and Transportation. We help our clients deliver vital services more efficiently while increasing the satisfaction of their end customers. Serco serves every branch of the U.S. military, numerous U.S. Federal civilian agencies, the Intelligence Community, the Canadian government, state, provincial and local governments, and commercial clients. While your place may look a little different depending on your role, we know you will find yours here. Wherever you work and whatever you do, we invite you to discover your place in our world. Serco is a place you can count on and where you can make an impact because every contribution matters.

To review Serco benefits please visit: If you require an accommodation with the application process please email: [email protected] or call the HR Service Desk at 800-628-6458, option 1. Please note, due to EEOC/OFCCP compliance, Serco is unable to accept resumes by email.

Candidates may be asked to present proof of identify during the selection process. If requested, this will require presentation of a government-issued I.D. (with photo) with name and address that match the information entered on the application. Serco will not take possession of or retain/store the information provided as proof of identity. For more information on how Serco uses your information, please see our Applicant Privacy Policy and Notice.

Serco does not accept unsolicited resumes through or from search firms or staffing agencies without being a contracted approved vendor. All unsolicited resumes will be considered the property of Serco and will not be obligated to pay a placement or contract fee. If you are interested in becoming an approved vendor at Serco, please email [email protected].

Serco is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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