Talented and innovative people are critical to the success of SSC Pacific. Many of our scientists and engineers have decades of experience and are world renown for their expertise. SSC Pacific continually seeks experienced candidates for employment in science and engineering, information technology, and business.

One of our most pressing current challenges is recruiting and developing the next generation of information technologists. SSC Pacific is actively recruiting outstanding computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering candidates for positions in our New Professional Program.

Jobs are challenging and rewarding at SSC Pacific. Working alongside talented, innovative people in an atmosphere that promotes creativity, our employees help ensure the success of our nation’s defense - our most important mission.
Bookmark and Share

 Qualifications and Job Responsibilities


Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific is recruiting outstanding candidates for employment in science and engineering, information technology, and business.  SSC Pacific employs scientists and engineers who hold BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in a variety of fields.

Computer Scientists work in a broad range of fields including software development in C+\+ or Java, modeling and simulation, speech recognition, human computer interface development, signal processing, computer security/information assurance, algorithms and high level architecture development.

Electrical Engineers work in a broad range of fields including RF technology, RF/analog full custom integrated circuit design, communications, simulation and modeling, electro-optical, sensors, networking, digital signal processing, antennas, embedded software, digital ASIC design, circuit board design, radar and sonar.

Candidates with MS degrees typically take on more technically advanced roles and/or leadership responsibilities but can also be involved in research at SSC Pacific.

Candidates with Ph.D. degrees typically pursue more research-oriented work. They often function as senior level networkers to bring in large research programs from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Research Laboratory and others.

More specific work responsibilities include:

  • Research - Conduct literature reviews and market surveys of technology and standards; conduct laboratory and field experiments in support of ongoing research; author and submit technical papers; attend and present at technical conferences.
  • Development - Design portions of analog or digital systems; develop technical drawings and specifications; perform requirement analysis; develop design documents; develop standard operating procedures; develop proof of concept system prototypes; perform systems integration; provide system installation support.
  • Test and Evaluation - Develop test plans and procedures; conduct independent testing and participate in integration testing; document test results; collect, reduce and analyze data and report results; provide post-installation technical support.
  • Management and Leadership - Prepare task and cost estimates for contractor support; apply management plans to ensure adequate development, configuration control and tests are performed by the system developer; perform technical liaison responsibilities between the government and the contractor; develop statements of work; monitor and evaluate contractors’ efforts and deliverables.




Ten national holidays are observed per year. Holiday pay is granted for holidays whether they fall within the workweek or on a weekend. Learn more about holidays at the Office of Personnel Management.


Annual (vacation) leave accrues on the basis of length of Federal service (civilian or civilian plus creditable military service):

  • 0 to 3 years service = 4 hours per pay period (104 hours per year) (A pay period is two weeks.)
  • 3 to 15 years service = 6 hours per pay period (160 hours per year)
  • Over 15 years service = 8 hours per pay period (208 hours per year)

Learn more about annual leave at the Office of Personnel management.

Sick Leave

Sick leave accrues at the rate of four hours per pay period (104 hours per year); may be accumulated without limitation; and may also be used for medical or dental appointments. The Family Friendly Leave Act allows sick leave to take care of ill family members and to take them to physicians and for the birth or adoption of children. (NOTE: Federal employees are not eligible for benefits under the state of California Disability Program.) View the sick leave policy at the Office of Personnel management.

Health Insurance

Several group plans are available. Premiums are paid through payroll-deduction, and the government shares part of the cost. Rates vary according to the plan selected. For more information, visit the Federal Employees Health Benefits website.

Group Life Insurance

The employee and the government share the cost of basic group life insurance if elected by the employee. Employees pay all optional insurance costs, depending on employee age and amount of coverage. Learn more at the Office of Personnel Management.

Retirement Coverage

The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) consists of three elements: a basic benefit (pension) plan, Social Security benefits, and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Employees pay full Social Security taxes and contribute a small amount to the pension plan. Employees can make tax-deferred contributions to the TSP, and the government will match up to 5%. See the TSP Website for more information.

Work Schedule

SSC Pacific’s nonstandard two-week work schedule is called "5/4/9," with a 3-day weekend every other week. Hours for Monday through Thursday are 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (9 hours with 1/2 hour lunch). Friday (payday) hours are 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The following Friday, the Center is closed.

Training and Educational Opportunities

Training and development opportunities are available and encouraged for all employees. Opportunities include after-hours study in job-related scientific and engineering areas. Employees may receive tuition assistance and/or enrollment expenses for courses at accredited colleges and universities. Employees may also attend job-related short courses and conferences during normal working hours.

 How to Apply

Skip to Navigation