Spacecraft Subsystem Support Engineer - Chandra Flight Operations 4 (Cambridge, 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, launched in 1999, is one of NASA's Great Observatories and delivers ground-breaking science year after year, including observations of the widely publicized August 2017 event whose gravitational waves and light were detected by observatories around the world.

This individual will work on the Flight Operations Team at the Chandra Operations Control Center (OCC) in Cambridge, MA (soon to be relocated to 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:

  • Detailed trending and engineering analysis of satellite data
  • Flight system anomaly resolution
  • Development/enhancement of models for use in planning spacecraft operations
  • Development/enhancement of spacecraft commanding and telemetry monitoring products and procedures to effectively conduct on-orbit operations
  • Distillation of complex technical issues and articulation of their resolution to customers, managers, project scientists, factory support personnel, and multi-disciplined peers.
  • 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 while also working closely with others. While this is a day-staff position, occasional nights and weekends are required as necessary to support time-critical spacecraft operations. Consideration will be given for a higher grade level based on qualifications and level of experience.
Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering or related STEM discipline with minimum 9 years of directly related experience and/or training; Master's degree with 7 years of directly related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Hands-on experience with the design, build, analysis, and/or test of spacecraft/aircraft avionics
  • Hands-on experience working as an integral member of a spacecraft flight operations team. If experience is not directly in spacecraft, then experience with military high reliability systems is also applicable.
  • Proficiency with data analysis tools and techniques


Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or equivalent area of focus, with 12+ years of experience
  • Working knowledge and understanding of one or more major spacecraft subsystems, including command and data handling avionics; attitude determination and control; power; flight software; structures; mechanisms; thermal management systems; and propulsion
  • Experience with designing, implementing, and/or analyzing analog, digital or mixed-signal circuit boards from concept through production using: operational amplifiers; filters; transistors; analog to digital and digital to analog converters; power supply components; data bus and interfaces (command and telemetry, including encoding and error detection/correction routines); memory (EEPROM, RAM); state machines; FPGAs; ASICs; and processors
  • Experience with integration/testing/troubleshooting/qualification techniques
  • Hands-on responsibility for one or more spacecraft subsystems as a subsystem lead on a flight operations team
  • Strong understanding of computers, scripting tools, and automation
  • Proficiency with UNIX/Linux, MATLAB, Python, and Excel
  • Experience with ground-to-spacecraft RF communications systems

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