Principal Spacecraft Subsystem Engineer (Burlington, MA)

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Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems is seeking an experienced Spacecraft Subsystem Engineer to support the operation and maintenance of NASA's Chandra spacecraft. 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 work on the Flight Operations Team at the new Chandra Operations Control Center (OCC) in Burlington, MA and will interface directly with project scientists from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and NASA to help maintain and operate the spacecraft components.

Specific duties include:

  • Monitoring subsystem state of health through detailed trending and analysis of satellite data
  • Flight system anomaly resolution, including troubleshooting, execution of response and recovery procedures, and development and test of alternative operating modes
  • Development of innovative operational approaches and system use techniques
  • Development or enhancement of spacecraft commanding and telemetry monitoring products and procedures to effectively conduct on-orbit operations
  • Report generation, briefings, and direct customer interactions


The selected candidate should be a motivated self-starter who is able to work both collaboratively and independently on long and short term investigations/analyses. 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. While this is a day-staff position, occasional nights and weekends are required as necessary to support time-critical spacecraft operations

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM)
  • Minimum 5 years of directly related experience with the design, build, analysis, operation, and/or test of satellite/aircraft avionics.
  • Pr oficiency with data analysis tools and techniques

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering
  • E xperience with designing, implementing, and/or analyzing analog, digital or mixed-signal circuit boards which contain a complex mix of passive and active components
  • E xperience with integration/testing/troubleshooting/qualification techniques
  • E xperience in the development/enhancement of models for use in planning spacecraft operations
  • S trong understanding of computers, scripting tools, and automation
  • P roficiency with UNIX/Linux, MATLAB, Python, and Excel
  • E xperience with ground-to-aircraft/spacecraft RF communications systems



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