Senior Systems Engineer - #031320

Baltimore, Maryland
May 31, 2019
Jun 28, 2019
Full Time

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is the science operations center for several NASA missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the most famous space observatory in history. We also lead the science and mission operations for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned to launch in 2021 and will perform parts of the science operations for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), in formulation for launch in the mid-2020s. 

We are seeking two Senior Systems Engineers (SE). You will collaborate with a team that is passionate about the work they do in support of space science around the world. STScI offers an excellent and generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules, and a stimulating and diverse work environment. Relocation assistance may be available. Explore our benefits:

Your Role and responsibilities:

As a SE, you will be part of our Systems Engineering, Integration & Test, and Operations (SEITO) division working as a member of the Systems Engineering Branch supporting the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) mission and successively the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission.

The SEB team builds, follows and promotes systems engineering processes and practices for our missions, supporting relevant engineering life-cycle stages with a strong focus on requirements management support. You can break down high-level systems engineering concepts into practical activities and get into the details of a system enough to solve problems and take on challenges, all while avoiding getting lost in the weeds.

Your responsibilities will include ensuring rigorous requirements management, interface management, risk management, and decision analysis and trade studies are performed. The SE wants to make sure that every interaction with various groups including the customer is of the highest quality.

Job Qualifications and Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree (Master’s preferred) in Aerospace or Systems Engineering, or another technically related field and a minimum of 5 years of Systems Engineering experience. You have:

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience with complex requirements related activities including generation, interface definitions, pertinent updates and verification, and validation activities
  • Ability to develop and maintain operations concepts and related documentation
  • Ability to actively work with members of various development teams to contribute meaningfully in guiding design decisions
  • Disposition for cross-functional collaboration; to interact with engineering and science groups to support integration and testing of complex systems and products
  • Strong teamwork, analytical, problem-solving, planning, and organizational skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are important
  • US Citizenship or Permanent Residence in order to meet ITAR requirements

Prior to the JWST launch, some shift work and additional hours will be required and there may be occasional travel.

A different engineering, scientific or technical degree in combination with relevant work experience may be considered.  The position level and salary are commensurate with education and experience.

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