System Engineer IV (Psyche System Testbed)

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Job ID: 11597

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If you are passionate about spacecraft design, we invite you to join the Flight Systems Engineering, Integration and Test Section. We provide systems engineering for the design and implementation of spacecraft for the laboratory’s key flight projects. Our work spans spacecraft systems engineering, payload systems integration, electrical systems integration, fault protection and autonomy design, landing systems design, spacecraft assembly and test, systems verification and validation, and systems modeling.


We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Systems Engineer level 4 to join the System Testbed Engineering Group. You will report administratively to the Group Supervisor for System Testbed Engineering , and programmatically to the Psyche Flight System Manager as your primary technical stakeholder. You will work on tasks such as system level approach to testing for purposes of both verification and validation, requirements for EGSE and facilities, and ensuring safe and efficient approaches to testing the flight system. You will work with flight systems engineers, verification & validation engineers, instrument engineers, avionics engineers, and mechanical engineers.


Your initial assignment will be to serve as the System Testbed Lead working on the group’s deliverables on the Psyche Project.  Specific near-term tasks include completion of planning/design matters, requirements closeout, procedure development, and strategically and tactically teaming with the System Integration & Test (SI&T) team to coordinate system tests.  You will focus on the System Testbed team activities, leading the team through daily test activities, working closely with the Verification & Validation Lead.


You may work on tasks such as designing and defining behavioral testing of key space vehicle functions on the flight system, which will include how subsystems and the payloads interact/interface with each other.


Other job responsibilities may include:

  • Test and integrate spacecraft hardware and software
  • Assure that the quality, accuracy, and integrity of the System Testbed technical documentation, reports, and deliverables comply with JPL standards, project plans, and policies
  • Research and author Activity Plans for the System Testbed
  • Stand up the system testbeds
  • Prepare and present testbed information and data at meetings and reviews
  • Certify the testbed
  • Complete the system level Verification and Validation of the flight system
  • Design and execute Operational Readiness Tests and Mission Scenario Tests
  • Anomaly resolution
  • Verification and Validation support
  • Data review and requirements closure


The qualified candidate has experience in the design and verification and validation phases of a project, with a focus on integrated systems.  Minimum technical qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics with a minimum of 9 years of professional experience, or Master’s degree in engineering, physical sciences or mathematics with a minimum of 7 years of professional experience, or Ph.D.  in engineering, physical sciences or mathematics with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience.
  • Recent flight project implementation experience as a system engineer in one of the following areas: flight system, integration and test, subsystem, or equivalent.
  • First-principles working knowledge of all major spacecraft subsystems.
  • Extensive understanding and application of principles, theories, concepts, and techniques used in system engineering and solving engineering problems.
  • Experience in successfully leading project working groups on tasks for meeting on-time delivery of technical design products in subsystem or bus development, primarily for electrical hardware, assemblies, and mechanical systems; experience with development and delivery of system documentation (requirements, test plans, procedures, and design description documents).
  • Ability to lead the team through daily activities and synthesize the unique discipline knowledge of a broad range of technical subject matter experts (SME’s); Ability to deal with multiple issues, tasks, and priorities concurrently; excellent collaboration, negotiation, oral and written communication, and presentation skills.

The most competitive candidates will satisfy some of the following:

  • Class A mission experience.
  • In-depth experience on flight projects in requirements development, integration and test and/or verification and validation.
  • Experience with guidance and control aspects of system engineering, including system software specification, development, and test; payloads and instruments; knowledge of project ground data systems and mission operations teams.
  • Experience planning for and leading complex hardware and/or software integration activities.
  • Understanding and hands-on experience of JPL and NASA policies and procedures, JPL Flight Project Practices and Design Principles, and JPL system engineering practices; demonstrated ability to tailor the planning and execution of these on missions of various risk classes.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary and multi-organizational team; ability to work on major project assignments without appreciable direction with accountability for technical performance.
  • Willingness to obtain a security clearance.

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