Principal Engineer - Flight Operations / Engineering Analyst (Burlington, MA)

    • Burlington, MA

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Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems is seeking a Principal Flight Operations/Engineering Analyst to support analysis, calibration, simulation, and mathematical modeling of spacecraft system/subsystem performance with the Chandra Operations Control Center (OCC) in Burlington, MA. The Chandra X-ray Observatory is one of NASA's Great Observatories and delivers ground-breaking science to a world-wide scientific user community.

This individual will contribute as part of the Flight Operations Team, with the Chandra Operations Control Center (OCC) and will interface directly with project scientists from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and NASA to help maintain the efficiency and capability of this highly visible NASA mission. The opportunity for telework is available, potentially up to working 100% remotely with occasional travel to the OCC.

Specific duties include:
• Analyze system performance to develop recommended changes to spacecraft configuration, flight software algorithms, and ground procedures
• Develop and validate predictive models to help extend system performance into new operating regimes, potentially including controls modeling, thermal modeling, and utilization/analysis of large data sets
• Perform detailed interdisciplinary spacecraft system sensitivity analyses, including elements of thermal, power, mechanical, and/or control systems
• Provide innovative contributions to spacecraft anomaly investigations and performance enhancements
• Report generation, briefings, and direct customer interactions

The selected candidate should be a motivated self-starter who is able to work independently on long and short term investigations/analyses both collaboratively and independently. The Flight Operations Team values the ability to develop and communicate outside-the-box solutions and we share our customer's passion for advancing the understanding of the universe.

This position is nominally day shift hours, but the Engineering Analyst will be expected to be on-call for emergencies or critical operational activities, which may occur outside of nominal business hours.

Qualifications:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or Computer Science or related STEM discipline with a minimum five (5) years of related experience;
    • OR a Master's degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or Computer Science or related STEM discipline with a minimum three (3) years of related experience
  • Hands-on experience with numerical analysis and system level modeling
  • Ability to compile, present, and communicate data across a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Ability to be on-call for emergencies or critical operational activities, which may occur outside of nominal business hours
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or Computer Science or equivalent area of focus, with 7+ years' experience
  • Experience with spacecraft design and/or operations
  • In-depth and current background in numerical analysis including statistics, regression analysis, software modeling and simulations
  • Experience with advanced control system modeling and thermal modeling tools/techniques
  • Ability to define, collect, integrate, clean, mine, and manage potentially large data sets from disparate data sources
  • Experience with data visualization tools and methodologies, including innovative graphical representation of data sets
  • Demonstrated data analysis and programming skills in Matlab or Python, along with experience in the development of analytical tools for use in Windows/Unix/Linux environments
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with staff at all levels across geographically diverse locations
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