Principal Systems Engineer- #031325

Baltimore, Maryland
Jun 14, 2019
Jul 15, 2019
Full Time

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is the science operations center (SOC) for several current and future National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) missions, including the most famous space observatory in history; the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch in 2021 and the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), planned to launch in the mid-2020s.

The STScI is seeking a Principal Systems Engineer to join their Systems Engineering, Integration & Test, and Operations (SEITO) division to provide technical leadership and direction to one of our product teams supporting the JWST Mission.

If selected, you will be serve as the integrated product team's technical lead, enabling and facilitating communications across organizations. Your responsibilities will include coordinating and implementing product development plans by the reconciling mission needs with resource allocations while ensuring compliance with rigorous systems engineering practices.

Job Qualifications and Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree (Master’s preferred) in Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Aerospace, Astronomy or another technically related field and a minimum of 10 years of Systems Engineering experience. You have the proven ability to:

  • Build, inspire, and motivate high impact teams
  • Cultivate and strengthen professional relationships
  • Synthesize and prioritize contending customer demands
  • Develop and articulate schedules to product team
  • Integrate and negotiate product development needs
  • Introduce new ideas
  • Control technical risk

In addition, you have:

  • Engaged in all facets of the Systems Development Lifecycle
  • Exposure to industry recognized systems engineering frameworks
  • Knowledge of various software development methodologies (e.g., waterfall and agile)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

In order to meet ITAR requirements US Citizenship or Permanent Residence is required

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.

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:

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