JWST Flight Operations Subsystem Engineering Manager- #0002425

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is a multi-mission science operations center for NASA’s flagship observatories. Our world-class astronomical research center is based on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland. (Click here to learn more about STScI). 

The JWST Flight Operations Subsystem (FOS) is an Eclipse based real-time ground system developed by Raytheon Corporation, on contract to the Space Telescope Science Institute. The FOS is located in the JWST Mission Operations Center (MOC) at STScI.  The FOS is used to operate JWST through its full mission lifecycle, from integration and test through launch, commissioning and on-going science operations.  As a member of the JWST Mission Office, the JWST FOS Engineering Manager is the technical and management lead for the FOS and the MOC facility. 


  1. Planning and managing the FOS and MOC work at STScI and overseeing FOS work performed by STScI subcontractors.  Coordinating FOS related activities with NASA and other external JWST Mission participants.
  2. Working with JWST flight operations management to ensure the adequacy of the FOS operational capabilities and to coordinate the FOS schedule with JWST operational needs.
  3. Interfacing with STScI facilities and STScI IT services to coordinate ongoing sustaining engineering of the MOC and other STScI facilities and infrastructure that support the FOS.
  4. Working with S&OC systems engineering, development and operations managers to keep the FOS and FOS work fully integrated with the other elements of the Science and Operations Center. 

Job Requirements:

The successful candidate will possess:

  • a thorough knowledge of engineering development processes utilized for space and ground systems as well as a deep understanding of engineering project management practices common to NASA space missions
  • a broad knowledge of spacecraft ground systems, spacecraft command and control systems, spacecraft operations, spacecraft communications, and current information system technologies
  • excellent communications skills
  • a minimum of 15 years of work experience in positions of increasing responsibility in spacecraft ground system development or an appropriate related field.

Education:  An engineering degree in aerospace engineering, computer systems, software engineering, or a related field.

Beneficial Skills and Experience:

  • Previous experience with subcontract management is desirable.
  • Experience working on challenging projects with diverse teams of technically excellent professionals.

This position requires US Citizenship or Permanent Residence to meet ITAR requirements and a successful tier 2 background check.

Covid Working Protocols: https://outerspace.stsci.edu/display/CWP

STScI offers a flexible and welcoming workspace for all. We offer an excellent and generous benefits package. Explore our benefits at http://www.stsci.edu/opportunities/benefits 

To Apply: Share your experiences by uploading a resume and completing an online application. Applicants received by August 20, 2021 will receive full consideration. Campaign will remain open until the vacancy has been filled.

Direct Link to Apply: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/SPA1004AURA/JobBoard/93330e50-7b3a-4ba8-94f2-6f32360aa4e1/Opportunity/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=026f7539-aa27-435d-abe5-397110174d6a

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the workforce. Learn more at www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our record keeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our desire to create a first-rate scientific community. We reflect that deep commitment in strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities.

Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process can contact us at careers@stsci.edu. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V

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