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Principal Investigator – Near Space Systems


Deimos-One is an agile small business researching and developing long-duration stratospheric vehicle products for government and commercial customers.


We are seeking a Systems Engineering Center (SEC) Principal Investigator within the Near Space Systems (NSS) Mission Area of the Deimos-One Space Intelligence business. The Principal Investigator will take a lead role in driving HALE/UAS craft and payload research. This includes the research, testing, and analysis of propulsion systems for stratospheric near-space based lighter-than-air and heaver-than-air craft and payloads. The Principal Investigator will also lead responses to requests for proposals from civil agencies. This entails knowing the government customers’ systems engineering processes, and being able to drive key system trades in support of customer requirements.


  • Technical lead on an upcoming National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grant on the topic of High-Altitude, Long-Endurance (HALE) lighter-than-air and heavier-than-air hybrid vehicles
  • Responsible for research, design, and development of NASA platform-compatible software modules for energy management, telemetry, SATCOM, and propulsion in near-space vehicles
  • Work with key stakeholders and lead project team members through development, testing, and delivery of products and services
  • Interface with key stakeholders, including attending both remote and in-person meetings, to deliver milestones and services as required by the contract
  • Direct and lead a multi-person team and build cross-functional synergies leading to product enhancements driven by key research initiatives
  • Responsible for Bids and Proposals Preparation for NASA agencies under SBIR programs


  • Opportunity to work on cutting-edge research, prototype, development and transition
  • Autonomy to pursue a research vision of your choosing, with support and resources to help fulfill that vision
  • Support from a world class team that embraces innovation and challenges the status quo
  • Establishment and/or growth of a reputation as a leader in your field
  • Potential for position to transition into Chief Technology Officer pending availability of funds and needs


  • Demonstrated ability to create novel contributions to the state of the art (e.g., patents/papers/publications/working prototypes)
  • Experience working on projects of various sizes, individually and as part of a team
  • Experience working on government grants and/or contracts
  • Understanding of NASA projects and mission objectives
  • Understanding of lighter-than-air vehicle systems including hybrid and electric propulsion and energy management systems


  • 12+ years prior relevant experience, with 8+ years working on lighter-than-air systems (i.e., lifting gasses)
  • Experience designing stratospheric craft and payloads, including experience with hyperspectral, multispectral, and panchromatic sensing and/or in-flight maneuverability
  • Experience in control engineering: filtering techniques, Kalman filtering, simultaneous localization and mapping, non-linear control, and any other technique(s) relative to the state of the art
  • Working knowledge of vehicles including powertrain systems, internal combustion engines, battery power, and electric propulsion systems
  • Experience working with civil space agencies such as NASA and NOAA
  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
  • Experience with earned value management
  • Experience working at the prime mission level (encompassing engineering efforts for ground, space, and launch vehicle)
  • Experience with SEIT tools such as STK, MATLAB, C++, and Python
  • Experience with Requirement Management tools such as IBM Rational DOORs
  • Superior creative and innovative problem-solving skills
  • Proven experience leading multi-disciplined teams
  • Experience leading responses to customer proposals
  • Ability to train junior engineers in all aspects of civil space business pursuit and program execution, including payload sensor performance, systems engineering processes, and proposal responses
  • Strong communication, time management, and interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and capable of performing tasks with minimal oversight
  • Experience managing vendors and suppliers
  • Experience with requirements analysis, capture, flow down and verification
  • Familiarity with integration and test of space/near-space hardware
  • Knowledge of near-space stratospheric environment and ground based VTOL environment


  • Must be able to travel domestically and internationally as needed
  • Active Top Secret or Top Secret SCI clearance. Note that an active clearance may provide the opportunity for you to work on sensitive Deimos-One missions. If so, you will be subject to pre-employment and random drug/alcohol testing


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here

Deimos-One is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Deimos-One is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status

Applicants wishing to view a copy of Deimos-One’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (702) 505-9782

Required Education:
Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) degree in Engineering, Physics, Math, or related STEM discipline

Desired Education:
Advanced (Masters or PhD) in Engineering, Physics, Math, or related STEM discipline

Salary Range: $160,000 – $175,000

Job Type: Full-time

Schedule: Monday – Friday

Desired Work Location:
United States (remote/hybrid)


  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off

Willingness to travel: 25% (Preferred)

**This position is CONTINGENT upon funding, an open position, customer approval, completion of a favorable background investigation, and the ability to obtain and maintain required clearance.

Job Types: Full Time
Job Locations: Remote

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