Senior Systems Engineer for Surveillance; Air Traffic Management

Vacancies 26 October 2017

At Saab, we constantly look ahead and push boundaries for what is considered technically possible. We collaborate with colleagues around the world who all share our challenge – to make the world a safer place.



Closing date



Syracuse, NY


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What you will be part of

Saab Traffic Management (TM) serves air traffic and marine customers around the globe with advanced solutions that enable the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. There are two operating units within TM:  Air Traffic Management (ATM) provides airport surface safety and efficiency systems and tools, tower automation and advanced research, development and evaluation solutions; Maritime Traffic Management (MTM) solutions include Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), port and vessel traffic management information systems (VTMIS), hydrographics, and precision navigation.

Your role

Saab Sensis is seeking a motivated Systems Engineer interested in developing state-of-the-art Air Traffic Surveillance and Air Traffic Management systems. Systems Engineers interpret customer and market input, define system and subsystem requirements, define the system functional architecture and key algorithms, support integration and test, and support other engineers deploying these systems in the field. The systems are constructed from electronics, software and firmware and incorporate a wide range of technologies including human interface design, multilateration, radar, ADS-B, GPS, IP networking, tracking and fusion. Most Saab Sensis products utilize COTS software from the Linux ecosystem. Most data analysis is done in MATLAB.

The successful candidate will collaborate with and eventually lead engineers from other disciplines. Good interpersonal and communications skills are essential in this role. The successful candidate will have:

  • The ability to work in a dynamic team environment.
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • The technical background to learn the theory of operation, design, and optimization processes for cooperative and non-cooperative surveillance products.
  • The ability to understand customer requirements and develop system-level architectures and integration & test strategies to ensure these requirements are satisfied.

The ability to effectively communicate (written and verbal) and collaborate with both technical and non-technical colleagues from different countries. 


Your skills and experience

  • Systems Engineering in new product development for embedded and software intensive systems.
  • Ability to be the technical lead for an interdisciplinary product development team
  • Requirements elicitation and management
  • System architecting and trade studies
  • Collaboration with software, electrical and mechanical engineers
  • Hands-on system integration
  • Support for formal testing
  • Customer support for exceptionally difficult problems

Expertise Desired:

  • Air Traffic Automation or Air Traffic Surveillance
  • Algorithm development: multilateration, radar, ADS-B, tracking & estimation, fusion, RF propagation, signal processing
  • Linux system administration, MATLAB, C/C++
  • IP networking to at least a conceptual level
  • Data analysis
  • Proposal writing
  • International projects or other collaborations

Education Required:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher in engineering, physics, or computer science from an accredited institution

Experience Required:

  • 5+ years of industry experience in an engineering field


  • Opportunity for international travel (up to 10%)

Relocation Available

Saab Sensis provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, comprehensive benefits, work/life balance, business-casual atmosphere, paid holidays, dining center and a fitness facility.

As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to participate in a background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, education and employment verification. 

As a Federal Contractor for the United States, Saab Sensis is an E-Verify participant and applicants must be permanent residents or U.S. Citizens in order to be considered for employment. 

Saab is a global defense and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defense, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number approximately 15,500 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, or disability status.


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