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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Sr. Electrical System Architect - Focal Plane Subsystems (666731) in Broomfield, Colorado

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Sr. Electrical System Architect - Focal Plane Subsystems (666731)

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CO - Broomfield

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Who We Are:

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, Facebook or Twitter.


Sr. Electrical System Architect – Focal Plane Subsystems

Want to create focal plane subsystems of the future? Ball Aerospace in beautiful Westminster and Boulder, Colorado designs focal plane subsystems for challenging space, air, and ground applications. We are looking for a technical leader with expertise in focal plane subsystem technologies who can help craft photons-to-bits capabilities enabling high performance signal chain solutions for a wide variety of remote sensing applications.

As Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.” You can Go Beyond with Ball! to realize your imagination and build an awesome life along the way at the gateway to the Rocky Mountains.

What you’ll do:

  • Conceive and develop focal plane subsystem technologies and architectures for space and airborne electro-optical instruments that meet marketing and customer requirements.

  • Provide technical expertise for key IR, VIS, and UV focal plane subsystem trades involving detector selection, electronics, onboard processing, and packaging.

  • Work with cross functional teams and suppliers to create, influence and define discriminating electronics architectures based on mission needs.

  • Develop metrics to evaluate concepts and designs that represent mission utility for our customers.

  • Envision and promote leading edge technologies for IRAD, future products and business opportunities.

  • Provide subject matter expertise to resolve hardware anomalies at the system level and determine root cause and corrective action.

  • Identify and mitigate technical risks early in the design phase.

  • Document and present analysis, findings, and design to peers, internal management, and customers.

  • 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 or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required, plus 8 or more years related experience.

  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of 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.

  • Expertise in Space-based EO signal chain analysis and design.

  • Hands-on experience testing and modeling focal plane performance characteristics (dark current, read noise, SNR, etc.).

  • Subsystem I&T proficiency (EO characterization, FPA packaging, electronics testing, requirements verification).

  • Demonstrated mastery of low noise design techniques at both a circuit card and sub-system level.

  • Working knowledge of printed circuit layout techniques for high frequency, low noise circuits. Advance knowledge in analog simulation tools.

  • Experience with high speed digital and low noise analog circuitry including high speed Analog to Digital Converters, Transimpedance Amplifiers and both active and passive filters.

  • Ability to communicate complex concepts to widely varying audiences.

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.

Security Clearance:

Successful applicant for this position must be eligible to obtain a DoD clearance or government customer access to classified/sensitive material. A current DoD clearance is not required to be eligible for this position, however the successful applicant will be required to obtain a DoD clearance or government customer access within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance. *US Citizenship is Required. By applying to this position you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire, if one is required, 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

EEO Statement:


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.