Senior Thermal Systems Engineer
The selected candidate will serve in a full-time capacity as a member of our SSIEP-2 contract instrument engineering team and will be responsible for leading a wide array of thermal design, development, integration, and testing activities associated with the development of heliophysics instruments. The team supports the development of space flight instrument projects over their full lifecycle at NRL from concept development through mission operations. On the flight system development side, the candidate manages the entire thermal subsystem development effort including the direction of individual engineering task plans, budgets, and schedules. The candidate is responsible:
Conceiving and executing the instrument thermal design with passive and/or active thermal hardware and coatings,
All thermal analysis and modeling efforts
Instrument thermal testing
Instrument math model correlation activities
Instrument on-orbit thermal predictions as part of the lifecycle development effort.
Instrument thermal testing includes the design and execution of thermal vacuum testing programs for requirement verification, model correlation, and screening for workmanship issues.
The candidate also assists with the resolution of on-orbit thermal related issues as they arise, if necessary.
He/She is responsible for interfacing directly with the Instrument Project Manager and Sr. Systems engineer to receive technical requirements, budgets, and schedules. Interfaces with peer subsystem engineering leads to assure the instrument thermal design is compatible with adjoining subsystems and can be implemented without impact. Ensures the correct thermal staffing and skill mix is available to support assigned projects at NRL. Collaborates with SGT Thermal group members, ensuring that NRL project requirements are satisfied. Efforts include interfacing with subcontractors and ensuring technical execution and completion of task deliverables. Attends and/or presents at peer and project level design and test reviews and provides engineering consultation services, as required.
The Thermal Engineer shall possess a minimum of 10 years of demonstrated experience in Thermal design, analysis, and testing of spaceflight systems and shall include demonstrable experience in (i) development and correlation of thermal analytical models, and (ii) thermal analyses of spacecraft and instruments for ELV payloads using thermal computer programs such as SINDA, Thermal Desktop, and TSS. Design of Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) for space flight hardware and managing MLI fabrication and procurement efforts is required.
The candidate shall, as a minimum, possess a Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering, mathematics, or physics from an accredited institution. Occasional travel (weekly) to NRL will be required. The ability to obtain a secret clearance is highly desired.
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