Mission Systems Engineer

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Job ID: 11300

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


Will be a Senior Mission Systems Engineer reporting programmatically to Special Programs and administratively to the Mission Systems Engineer Group.


Will be a member of the leadership team responsible for planning, developing and deploying the mission system.  Will provide technical leadership in the implementation, I&T and transition of operations products   This is a position for an energetic and multi-disciplined mission engineer who is customer-focused, articulate, reacts well to changes, can multi-task, and work well independently and within a team environment.


Responsibilities include:

  • Functional architecture design description
  • Mission System internal and external interface definition
  • Development of mission operations processes and procedures
  • Lead development of the mission system timelines and operational activities
  • Leading design efforts as needed to conduct trades or resolve technical issues

Must be a U.S. Citizen with an active Top Secret (TS) clearance based upon Single Scope Background investigation (SBBI) within a 5-year scope and must be approved for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) accesses.


Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related technical discipline with a minimum of 9 years of related experience; or a Master's degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 years of related experience; or Ph.D in similar disciplines with a minimum of 5 years related experience.

  • Direct experience in DoD systems engineering lifecycle
  • Knowledge and experience in applicable DoD policies and procedures pertaining to Ground Systems and Mission Operations
  • Experience in working DoD external technical interfaces
  • Experience in complex ground systems
  • Experience with Linux and Python
  • Has significant experience leading teams to develop effective mission systems.
  • Wide-ranging experience and advanced knowledge in mission system products including mission operations system architecture; trade studies; requirements definition, flow down, and validation; developing interface definitions; and developing mission operations processes and procedures.
  • Proven record in developing [two or more of the following areas]: operations concepts, scenarios, requirements, processes, and procedures.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with program space system engineers.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform highly complex and unique job functions and activities, including working in concert with system engineers to provide solutions that meet their needs.
  • Proven ability to develop innovative CONOPs leveraging from available capabilities
  • Must have proactive team building strategies, excellent communication skills, including the ability to write and review technical documentation, and to productively interface with all levels of management.

An active TS/SCI security clearance is required for this position.


Preferred Skills:

  • Extensive ground system experience.
  • Multi-discipline technical knowledge relating to space system, ground system, and operations development.
  • Knowledge of operability issues and space-ground trades.
  • Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in system engineering. Demonstrated ability to make trades involving spacecraft operability, mission science return, and risk. In-depth knowledge of risk management.
  • Prior experience working in a 24x7, high-availability, operations engineering environment.

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