Spacecraft Electrical Systems Engineer

Job Summary: Senior Electrical System Engineer responsible for the spacecraft electrical system definition and development; providing team leadership for high reliability unmanned spacecraft.


  1. Provide electrical and power systems engineering lead on an propulsion module and solar array for an interplanetary mission.
  2. Interface and coordinate activities on a daily basis with the project manager and hardware development team including electronics design engineers, software, packaging and test engineers, and manufacturing personnel, assuming responsibility for all technical aspects of the defined task, including but not limited to, electronics systems detailed design,
    analysis , requirements, test planning, and overseeing procurements and hardware development.
  3. Aerospace spacecraft electrical systems conceptual/architectural design and analysis, including definition of subsystem requirements (e.g., processor and recorder needs, spacecraft power distribution services allocation, and box and board level interfaces). Execute trade studies to determine mission-appropriate avionics hardware implementation. Generate requisite subsystems documentation from requirements through delivery phases of development.
  4. Develop and maintain personnel resource, cost, and schedule operating plans, and report to the program office as the principal project Control Account Manager (CAM).
  5. Present at program and spacecraft level design reviews. Lead or participate in proposal activities. Mentor staff to expand the Group depth in this area.
  6. Lead a project team, budget, plan, and coordinate team activities. Synchronize activities with other spacecraft teams.
  7. Participate in proposal and future work planning efforts, providing staff and procurement plans, cost, and schedule information for avionics and/or power subsystem development.
Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Space Engineering, or equivalent with at least 15 years experience in spacecraft electrical systems, design, development, analysis, and test.
  • Hands-on experience in the design, development, and test of spaceflight electronic hardware, particularly power systems.
  • Demonstrated leadership roles in spacecraft systems and mentoring teams.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for both in-house and external documentation and presentations
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in the proper handling of ESD sensitive electronics throughout the development lifecycle.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret government clearance.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Master of Science or Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Space Engineering, or equivalent.
  • Relevant experience as a Payload System Engineer/Lead and/or Power Systems Engineer/Lead
  • Top Secret or Top Secret-SCI government clearance
Special Working Conditions: Possible 10% travel within the US for program activities.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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