Bring your passion for what you do and come join The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). We are the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the science and mission operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch in spring 2021. We are seeking a Spacecraft Simulations Systems Engineer (SSSE) to join our JWST Flight Operation Team.
We offer an excellent and generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules and a stimulating and diverse work environment. Explore our benefits at http://www.stsci.edu/opportunities/benefits
SSSE Role & Responsibilities:
You support a small team of ground system experts that ensure the JWST observatory is operating nominally by supporting the JWST Simulators and support a small team of ground system experts to ensure the JWST observatory is operating normally. You manage the operation and configuration of the JWST spacecraft simulators, ensuring simulator availability to support validation of operational flight products and new ground system software.
This position requires your knowledge of spacecraft operations, simulator fidelity and flight product testing. The SSSE will interact with the JWST spacecraft subsystem engineers, ground system developers and spacecraft simulator developers to accomplish their assigned work. During spacecraft operations, you will coordinate activities using the JWST spacecraft simulators, and configure them as necessary to support testing activities. You will monitor and analyze the performance of the JWST simulators, identifying and troubleshooting any anomalies that might arise. Prior to launch, the SSSE develops simulation scenarios, operational processes/procedures, writes documentation and attends programmatic reviews to support the JWST simulators.
The SSSE positions are 8-hour day positions with expectation that during launch and commissioning and other special tests before launch, some shift work and additional hours will be required. In addition, since the position is responsible for anomaly response and troubleshooting, there is an expectation that on-call duties will be performed on a rotating basis.
Your Qualifications and Job Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in IT, Computer Science, Engineering, Information Systems, or related field with 8 or more years of progressively responsible experience. The position level and salary are commensurate with education and experience.
Qualified candidates will need to demonstrate Systems Engineering process knowledge as well as a thorough understanding of spacecraft flight operations, spacecraft simulations system development and spacecraft simulator operations for an operational spacecraft, including:
Thorough understanding of flight operations
Experience with large/complex ground systems used to control and monitor space based astronomical observatories
Experience operating large/complex spacecraft simulation systems
Experience scripting the operations of spacecraft simulators
Experience using, analyzing, maintaining and troubleshooting sophisticated telemetry and command systems as well as writing procedures using advanced scripting languages to conduct operations
Technical writing experience, including prior experience writing requirements, decomposing requirements into lower level requirements and preparing acceptance test procedures
Demonstrated ability to interact with numerous contractors, institutional organizations, external partners and agencies
Helpful Skills & Experience
Prior experience in ground system, spacecraft or instrument integration and test will be considered an asset
Prior experience with a Raytheon ECLIPSE based Telemetry and Command System will be considered an asset
Candidates must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. ITAR clearance is required.
Available/capable to travel: Travel is required for local meeting support as well as travel to a spacecraft simulator system developer in Los Angeles, California.
To Apply: Share your experience by completing an online application. Please upload one cover letter and resume on one PDF document for review. Applications received by October 25, 2019 will receive full consideration.
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We are the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD, operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. We help humanity explore the universe with advanced space telescopes and ever-growing data archives.
Founded in 1982, we have helped guide the most famous observatory in history, the Hubble Space Telescope. Since its launch in 1990, we have performed the science operations for Hubble. We also lead the science and mission operations for the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2018. We will perform science operations for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, in formulation for launch in the mid-2020s. We also contribute to other NASA missions and work with various international partners. Our staff conducts world-class scientific research, engineering, and mission support; our Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes holds and disseminates data from over 20 astronomical missions; and we bring science to the world through internationally recognized news, education, and public outreach programs. We value our diverse workforce and civility in the workplace, and seek to be an example for others to follow.
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