Riverside Research Institute

Mid-Level Systems Engineer

Location US-VA-Centreville
ID 2024-3341
Position Type
Full Time Salary

Riverside Overview

Riverside Research is an independent National Security Nonprofit dedicated to research and development in the national interest. We provide high-end technical services, research and development, and prototype solutions to some of the country’s most challenging technical problems.
 All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.

Position Overview

We are seeking a talented and experienced Mid-Level Systems Engineer with expertise in rapid prototyping of stand-alone sensing system design, analysis, and test. The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in systems engineering principles, with a focus on long range Electro Optical surveillance systems, as well as experience in Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). This role offers the opportunity to work on exciting projects at the forefront of technology, contributing to the development of next-generation systems.  Locations in order of preference:  Centreville, VA, Dayton, OH, and Boston, MA.



  • Design, analyze, and test Electro Optical systems, and physical support environment to allow stand-alone operation.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define physical and functional system requirements, architectures, and specifications.
  • Utilize Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methodologies to develop system models, simulations, and analyses.
  • Perform trade studies and optimization analyses to identify the most effective design solutions.
  • Conduct system integration, validation, and verification activities to ensure performance requirements are met.
  • Participate in design reviews, technical meetings, and customer engagements to communicate progress and findings effectively.



  • TS/SCI Security Clearance
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related systems engineering field Master's degree preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience in systems engineering, with a focus on prototyping, system integration, analysis, and test.
  • Strong proficiency in Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) tools and methodologies such as SysML, CAMEO, ModelCenter, and Moxie.
  • Experience with simulation and modeling software such as MATLAB, Simulink, Zmax or similar tools.
  • Knowledge of industry standards and best practices in Electro Optical sensing system design and testing.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.
  • Proven problem-solving abilities and attention to detail.
  • Travel up to 10%

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with software development for control and automation of Electro Optical systems.
  • Familiarity with relevant technologies such as LiDAR, infrared imaging, and laser systems.
  • Experience with hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing and validation.
  • Knowledge of agile development methodologies.



Global Comp

$120,000 - $150,000 This represents the typical compensation range for this position based on experience, location and other factors.

Closing Statement

Riverside Research Institute is a not-for-profit, technology-oriented defense company, where service to our customers and support of our staff is our overall mission. Riverside is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding recruitment and hiring.  Riverside offers comprehensive compensation and benefit packages to our employees.
Riverside bases its employment decisions solely on technical experience, qualifications and other job-related criteria related to our organizational purpose as a not-for-profit company, and without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status or any other status legally protected by applicable federal, state, and local law.


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