👷 Staff Systems Engineer- SAR Mission Engineer


Staff Systems Engineer – SAR Mission Engineer

For those who dream of advancing our space in the Universe and on Earth, we’ll take you there.

Serving the world from our Canadian home and our global offices, MDA is an international space mission partner and robotics & space operations, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 50-year story of firsts on and above the Earth. Today, we're leading the charge towards viable Moon colonies, enhanced Earth observation, communication in a hyper-connected world, and more.

We’re fueled by a pioneering spirit that carries us beyond. And together we enable highly skilled people to continually push boundaries and tackle big challenges requiring solutions that endure and inspire.

Are you ready to launch the next stage of your career in the new space economy? We would love to hear from you!

The Position

We are on the hunt for a Staff Systems Engineer – SAR Mission Engineer, at our Richmond, BC, Canada office, to be a part of the next generation of Earth Observations space missions.

From detecting changes in fragile ecosystems to monitoring northern ice floes and shipping routes, our near-real time Earth observation makes our Geointelligence team a leader in geospatial imagery, ground stations, enterprise geospatial systems and defence programs. You will join our remote sensing team that has 30+ years of experience delivering commercial and government projects such as RADARSAT-2, RapidEye, Sapphire, CASSIOPE, RADARSAT Constellation Mission and now the CHORUS Constellation of SAR satellites.


This is a role suited for an ambitious professional wanting to solve complex problems to generate data on a global scale that contributes to the betterment of our world**.** You will participate with our large cross functional, multi-disciplined teams in developing world leading space-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) missions from concept through design, development, launch and operations.  


As a Staff Systems Engineer – SAR Mission Engineer, you may have a wide range of responsibilities that include:

  • Provides end-end oversight of the SAR related engineering activities for the full lifecycle of a SAR space mission;
  • Oversees the Mission Concept of Operations development and defines high-level mission specifications, including setting spacecraft budgets to support the SAR payload;
  • Participates in mission technical risk management, integration, verification and validation at the Mission Level;
  • Responsible for design trade-off studies between various dimensions of the mission including: Spacecraft Systems, Coverage and Access, SAR Payload, SAR Processor and end-user applications;
  • Key member in leading the team to successful commissioning, calibration and early operations of space SAR Missions;
  • Lead technical solutioning for enhancements to existing SAR Missions
  • Lead development of state-of-the-art SAR system architectures, algorithms and technologies for future SAR missions;
  • Provide sound technical guidance to upper management and new business; and
  • Developing team members through mentoring and coaching.

Required Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree or higher in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Math, Physics, or a combination of related education and experience;

  • 10 or more years working with SAR data or SAR Processors with increasing levels of complexity;

  • 5 or more years working in a space systems engineering environment or similar complex systems engineering environment;

  • Experience in SAR remote sensing, including system design, operation, applications/exploitation and/or calibration;

  • Solid understanding of SAR Performance, Processing and application fundamentals;

  • Experience in different types of engineering life cycles as applicable from large complex programs to software development;

  • Self-starter with the ability to perform in a dynamic working environment;

  • Possess excellent problem solving skills;

  • Superb interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to explain concepts to wide-ranging audiences (e.g. technical team, sales team, executives, customers, etc); and

  • The ability to work within a large organization and understand dependencies and stakeholder needs.

Desired Experience:

  • Ability and knowledge to work with MATLAB, Python, or C++;
  • Appreciation for satellite based SAR Payload design and operations;
  • Appreciation of Space Mission design (e.g. Coverage and Access, orbital dynamics, etc);
  • Appreciation of Spacecraft design (e.g. Thermal, Power, Pointing accuracy, etc);
  • Ability to learn new technologies and domain knowledge quickly; and
  • A strong understanding of geospatial data.

We’re a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we’ll take you there.

We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it. An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.

Comments/Special Considerations:

Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the RELIABILITY status level, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP).

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

MDA is an equal opportunity employer prizing diversity and inclusion. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity. If you require assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please feel free to notify us.

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Canada, Richmond, British Columbia
Posted 2 months ago
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