Systems Engineer IV (Europa Clipper Launch System Engineer)

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Job ID: 12372

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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 engineering leader to serve as the Senior Launch Systems Engineer for the Europa Clipper project. You will report to the Group Supervisor for the System Integration, Test, and Launch Systems Engineering Group and serve the Project System Engineer as your primary technical stakeholder. Your primary responsibility will be to be the technical and organizational interface for members of the Mission Integration Team (MIT) and provide direction and coordination for the Ground Operations (GO) team members. This position involves exceptional communication skills. You will need the ability to lead and resolve challenging technical discussions associated with both launch vehicle and space vehicles that involve behaviors and requirements. These discussions will cross multiple NASA centers. Discussions will include intricacies of electrical and mechanical interfaces, CLAs, and environmental topics, facilities, etc.


You will work independently and within a team environment, collaborating on tasks performed across a spectrum of disciplines and have excellent writing and oral presentation skills.


Tasks may include but not limited to:

  • Develop, negotiate, and maintain Launch Vehicle/Space Vehicle requirements up to and including launch (Launch Vehicle ICD).
  • Develop and negotiate all ground operations (including comm) requirements to support the Launch Campaign (Launch Site Support Plan).
  • Ensure LV hardware necessary for system level environmental testing is planned in order to support all relevant space vehicle testing.
  • Maintain an integrated schedule that includes the LV and SV tasks and milestones
  • Develop a receivable and deliverable list to ensure all necessary SV and LV analyses and products are completed to support MIT and GO activities and tasks.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics, or related technical discipline with a minimum of 9 years of professional experience, or Master's degree with a minimum of 7 years of experience, or Ph.D with a minimum of 5 years of experience.
  • 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 mechanical hardware, assemblies, and mechanical systems.
  • Experience in mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines for the design, analysis, test planning, and test of launch vehicles and space vehicles.
  • Experience in ATLO or Systems Level Testbeds
  • Experience with development and delivery of system documentation (requirements, test plans, and design description documents).
  • Availability for occasional domestic travel.


Preferred Skills:

  • Served as a team lead or CAM in Flight System implementation efforts with a successful track record for at least one year.
  • Class A mission experience.
  • Experience on flight projects in requirements development, integration and test and/or verification and validation.
  • Experience with launch phase space vehicle activities, launch induced space vehicle environments, payloads and instruments.
  • Knowledge of project ground data systems and mission operations teams.
  • Willingness to obtain a security clearance if asked.

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