Flight System Engineer VI

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Job ID: 11585

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Flight System Engineer VI to report to the Mars Sample Return Campaign Systems Engineering Office Manager (6080).  Lead and manage the formulation of the Mission System for the Campaign, including the interface integration of the operations of the constituent missions (Sample Retrieval Lander (SRL), Earth Return Orbiter (ERO), and Mars 2020), and their associated elements.  Lead and manage the development, V&V, and delivery of the Campaign level Mission Design and interfaces across Mission Operations Systems, and Ground Systems, in coordination with the corresponding elements across the constituent missions.  In support of the Campaign Science Coordination Office, establish the operations strategy to return the highest science value sample suite within the capabilities and constraints of the Campaign and the constituent missions.




  • Bachelors degree in engineering, science or similar discipline with typically a minimum of 12 years of related experience; Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 10 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 8 years related experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in development and/or operations of complex space systems.
  • Leadership and management experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in one or more of the following:  Mission Design/Navigation, Mission Operations, Mission Engineering, Project Systems Engineering.
  • Extensive experience working effectively with multiple organizations inside and outside JPL:  NASA HQ, other NASA centers, other government agencies, international partners, Principal Investigators and the science community, industrial partners, academic institutions, and JPL organizations.
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills, organizational skills, leadership abilities, and communication skills.
  • Highly developed leadership skills and experience with the ability to motivate teams and individuals.

Preferred Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in development and/or operations of a Mars surface mission and/or Mars orbiter mission.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the roles and charters of the JPL matrix organization as applies to project implementation and operations.
  • Expert knowledge of industry and/or academic practices and standards across a range of applications related to NASA flight programs.

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