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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Engineer II - MSA Systems Radiation Effects in Boulder, Colorado

Powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus, 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 Ball Aerospace Career Site at or connect with us on LinkedIn at , Facebook at , Twitter at or Instagram at .

The Security and Mission Assurance Strategic Support Unit provides discriminating support to the business to ensure success. We focus on threat identification, risk assessment, and mitigation while improving the efficiency of the business through effective governance and analysis of process, data and overall business knowledge.

Engineer II – MSA Systems Radiation Effects

What You’ll Do:

  • Be personally mentored and trained one-on-one by both a Staff Consultant Subject Matter Expert (SME) and a Sr. Staff Consultant SME in the Mission Systems Assurance Systems Radiation Effects Department, with 50 years of combined direct Radiation Engineering experience.

  • Develop system-level and cross-program radiation and space charging environment requirements and definitions, derived dose / charging through shielding for mission to sub-system requirement allocation, requirement management, and working with the radiation parts engineering team to ensure program objectives, compliance, and customer satisfaction.

  • Promote Mission Systems Assurance radiation and space charging threat tolerance to a system level for overall technical cohesiveness of efforts across all stakeholders in the program, and across programs for a coordinated business approach.

  • Ensure that the design has sufficient radiation performance margins, failure-recovery capabilities, radiation resiliency, and high pedigree upon test-completion, such that mission success is achieved.

  • Interpret government and program requirements, support the development of Mission Assurance plans and process specifications, and implement the program strategy through environmental and design requirement specifications necessary to ensure compliance with all company and government requirements.

  • Perform the engineering to support Space Vehicle (SV), bus, and payload (PL) programs in the design and verification of aerospace electronics to withstand space radiation environments.

  • Work across all SV program phases, including but not limited to supporting business capture, defining specifications, developing designs, and subcontractor analyses.

  • Lead efforts to define the radiation and space charging environments, along with the definition and management of associated requirements in design and test specifications, in coordination with or in lieu of customer requirements.

  • Lead efforts to transport radiation and charging environments through varying fidelity of shielding models for SV, bus, and PL systems to derive the dose and space charging requirements for sub-system analysis.

  • Lead radiation testing of EEE parts, non-EEE parts (focal planes, materials, etc.), and electrostatic discharge (ESD) testing of hardware to collect data for reporting compliance to derived performance requirements.

  • Perform systems-level triage of impacts and trade studies of orbital environments (including but not limited to, LEO, GEO, MEO, HEO, Venus, Jovian, Interplanetary), system configurations, shielding, component tolerance, and requirements to support proposed mission architectural design, as well as the re-use of existing heritage designs in new radiation and space charging environments.

  • Coordinate between Mission Systems Assurance Systems Engineering and EEE Parts Radiation Engineers so the radiation requirements and verification process runs efficiently across multiple programs, with attention to a coherent approach in line with risk tolerance and customer expectations.

  • Identify risks and lead efforts for planning, status, and reduction across the system.

  • Develop and implement radiation hardness assurance and ESD control plans for varying systems and environments.

  • Support anomaly resolution with real-time radiation and space charging environmental conditions and system-level fault analysis.

  • Prepare and present a summary of radiation and charging analyses at customer design reviews (CDR).

  • Provide the evidence necessary to support radiation survivability claims and to substantiate the determination that the system meets requirements and supports overall mission objectives.

  • Peer review compliance and test reports for technical correctness and verification of program requirements.

  • Support the generation of time-phased/staffing estimates for Systems Assurance, radiation work-products, and required Design Assurance inputs in support of system-level radiation product deliverables. Develop detailed development schedules and manage team activities to meet delivery milestones.

  • Participate as member of design teams to select, evaluate, and document electronic, electrical, mechanical, and optical parts for various missions including space, military and airborne.

  • Provide input to requirements, engineering, and risk trade space analyses to achieve a cost-effective reliable architectural design that enables mission success.

  • Provide the evidence necessary to support radiation assurance claims and to substantiate the determination that the system is sufficiently compliant to requirements.

  • Provide and communicate understanding of both the technical and programmatic aspects of a Program to the Program Manager, Mission Assurance Manager, Systems Engineering, as well as the customer.

  • Support the generation of cost estimates for proposals.

  • 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 5 or more years 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.

  • Ph.D. in Physics is strongly preferred.

  • Degree in Nuclear Engineering or Physics or a related technical field is preferred.

  • Experience with Mathcad, Agile, MATLAB, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe is preferred.

  • Experience in performing total dose, single event effects, and displacement damage testing and analysis is preferred.

  • Possess the willingness to assist other Radiation Effects Engineers in completing their tasks.

  • Efficiently learn new subjects / techniques / software, without, necessarily, the assistance of others.

  • A current TS/SCI security clearance preferred.

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.

A current DoD clearance and/or SCI access with Polygraph is not required to be eligible for this position, however applicant must be willing and eligible for submission within 60-90 days after an offer is accepted and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance/access. By applying to this position, you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire 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.


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.

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