Do you want to fly the James Webb Space Telescope?
COMMAND & DATA HANDLING ENGINEER
Are you passionate about spaceflight? Can you break down complicated systems into basic electrical, mechanical, thermal, and software interactions? If you are a collaborative engineer excited to strengthen operations of NASA’s next flagship mission, then you want to join our team of 40 engineers preparing to fly the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
The STScI Flight Operations Team is working in partnership with NASA Goddard, observatory contractor Northrop Grumman, and system vendors across the globe to create a premier JWST mission operations team. The team conducts real time operations, sustaining engineering, and operational product development/testing. As a flight systems engineer, you will oversee all aspects of operations for systems under your supervision. You will lead the response during anomalies, and work with other experts to assess problems and advance solutions.
The current opening is for a spacecraft Command & Data Handling (CDH) engineer. The CDH engineer oversees the spacecraft's nervous system ensuring accurate command routing and data transmission throughout spacecraft systems including computers, 1553 buses, solid-state recorders, transponder interface electronics, payload interfaces; and maintaining the spacecraft clock.
SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE (STScI)
The Space Telescope Science Institute is at the forefront of space borne scientific exploration through its operation of NASA’s flagship class missions including Hubble (in-flight), James Webb (nearing flight), and WFIRST (in-development) space telescopes.
STScI is located on the Johns Hopkins University campus in Baltimore, Maryland. An easy commute from the rolling hills of Maryland horse country, the campus is minutes from the lively downtown cultural center and the Chesapeake Bay.
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Apply engineering principles, industry standards, company process, and knowledge of spacecraft computers, buses, recorders, interface electronics, and clocks to perform tasks that advance program goals
Oversee the Command & Data Handling (CDH) subsystem
Lead CDH anomalous operations response including troubleshooting and advancing solutions
Provide engineering expertise to other systems as needed
Coordinate with technical and programmatic contacts with NASA and industry partners
Document designs, analyses, and test results
Develop and test operational products and procedures
After mastering CDH, move on to other spacecraft systems with the objective of becoming a JWST Systems Supervisor
Performance standards that a candidate must have to be successful in this position include:
Teamwork capabilities within small- to medium-sized groups
Interpersonal communication skills - this position requires the ability to collaborate with personnel from engineering, management, and external partners
Ability to communicate technical challenges and solutions effectively
Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Bachelor's degree in an engineering or science discipline and 3+ years' experience in related spacecraft systems, OR Master's degree in an engineering or science discipline and 1.5+ years of experience
Operations experience on a complex system that has high consequences in the event of failure
Software development experience to solve problems, implement process improvements, or automation (e.g. Python, C++, Java, Matlab, etc.)
Individuals with experience from other fields who possess related basic qualifications are encouraged to apply
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Electrical engineering background
Familiarity with CCSDS space communication protocol
Technical knowledge of spacecraft systems and operations (e.g. attitude control, propulsion, communications, electrical power, thermal control)
Previous experience in a customer-facing role working through flight preparations
Commitment to continuous improvement and innovation
Flexibility including shift work during launch rehearsals and spacecraft commissioning, and on call for anomaly response
Limited travel to the observatory contractor site in California
This position is available immediately. All levels of experience will be considered. Applications received by March 16, 2020 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled. You are requested to complete an on-line application through the STScI website at www.stsci.edu/opportunities
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About Space Telescope Science Institute
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.
We continue to exp...and the frontiers of space astronomy. We have three strategic goals in accordance with this vision. First, to excel in the science operations of NASA's current and future astrophysics flagship missions, and in doing so, to envision, define, and operate new missions that offer cutting-edge research opportunities for the entire astronomical community. Second, to develop advanced astronomical data, archives, and tools for scientific discovery that are crucial in the era of increasingly large and complex astronomical datasets. And third, to make the world's astronomical information accessible to all, thereby inspiring and engaging others to participate in understanding, enjoying, and sharing the wonders of the universe.
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