Mission Interface Management Engineer

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Job ID: 11142

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Will be the Mission Interface Management Engineer reporting to the Mission Interface Coordination Group and programmatically to the Mission Support Definition and Commitments Office.  You will manage the negotiation, commitments, and assurance of services to space missions by the Deep Space Network (DSN) and the Multi-mission Ground Systems and Services (MGSS) which manages AMMOS (Advanced Multi-Mission Operations System).  https://AMMOS.NASA.gov

Responsibilities include:

  • Function as the DSN and MGSS representative and primary point of contact for all phases of a mission.
  • Perform duties as DSN and MGSS primary commitments representative:
    • Function as primary liaison between MGSS, DSN, and the Mission Systems and Operations Division to achieve successful incorporation of DSN and MGSS commitments.
    • Develop implementation plans for DSN and MGSS services for individual flight projects in concert with the DSN Operations & Engineering Managers (OEMs) and MGSS Area Element Managers (AEMs)
    • Create and develop Service Level Agreement (SLA) to document DSN and MGSS products and services.
    • Coordinate with MGSS AEMs for implementation of Mission Operations System (MOS) / Ground Data System (GDS) services required by flight projects
    • Perform as delivery manager of MGSS capabilities and services in concert with mission Ground Data System Engineer (GDSE)
    • Role will include significant interfacing with multiple organizations.
  • In partnership with the mission and the DSN Project office, lead the definition and documentation of the mission service commitment in the DSA, and the mission service interfaces in the Operations Interface Control Document (OICD).
  • In partnership with the mission and the MGSS Program office, lead the definition and documentation of the mission service commitment in the MGSS SLA.
  • Facilitate the provisioning of DSN and MGSS systems and services and monitor key implementation milestones and the validation of committed DSN and MGSS services and operations support.
  • Represent commitments in the mission system requirements review, ground system design, flight-ground trades, tracking concepts and loading studies, and contribute to planning any mission-unique implementations.
  • Facilitate mission DSN and GDS engineering, testing, implementation through working with the mission manager and mission GDSE to ensure mission interfaces are delivered and validated.
  • Plan, negotiate, monitor, and review critical event support commitments, and conduct Mission Event Readiness Reviews.
  • Develop DSN and MGSS/Mission transition plans for decommissioned or deprecated MGSS tools or services.
  • Facilitate mission infusion of new tools and services.


  • Bachelor's degree in System Engineering or related technical discipline or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 9 years of related experience; Master's degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 5 years related experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of Deep Space Network
  • Extensive understanding of Mission Operations Systems Engineering and Ground Data System Engineering
  • Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in mission system design and flight operations practices with demonstrated ability to lead and carry out flight-ground system trades
  • Significant experience creating technical documentation
  • Demonstrated successful experience managing budgets
  • Ability to collaborate with multi-organizational and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills, with a strong commitment to mission success
  • This position may require at least 20% of domestic travel and/or 20% foreign travel

Preferred Skills:

  • Recent experience as a system engineer on a planetary flight project
  • Complete knowledge of DSN and MGSS systems and services
  • Strong multi-discipline technical knowledge in mission system design, development, and flight operations
  • Engineering experience in developing, implementing, testing, and delivering flight or ground data systems
  • Demonstrated abilities in conflict resolution, coordination, and organization
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate participation of diverse groups into a unified team
  • Working knowledge of IND, JPL, NASA, and International Space Agencies (ESA, JAXA, ISRO)

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