Greenbelt, MD (Maryland)
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is responsible for the protection of lives and livelihoods of the American public through its weather, oceans, climate and coastal predictions. The civil environmental satellites that NOAA builds, launches and operates are a critical piece of national infrastructure supporting those mandates. NOAA currently operates a world-wide satellite data acquisition and routing network; staffs a 7/24 operations center in Maryland; operates a backup site in West Virginia; and manages data archives in North Carolina, Maryland and Colorado. The Aerospace Corporation is looking to expand its satellite ground systems technology team with experienced systems engineers and enterprise architects to support NOAA in achieving its vision for its future ground enterprise. As such, Aerospace needs engineers and architects with broad experience in requirements definition, systems architecture, system design, system(s) acquisition, program execution and the maintenance and operation of end-to-end satellite ground systems. The next decade will likely see a proliferation of new commercial service providers for satellite ground operations that could radically change NOAA’s traditional approach to ground systems acquisition and provide The Aerospace Corporation with new challenges of supporting NOAA’s enterprise ground development efforts.
Aerospace is actively seeking innovative and experienced satellite ground system architects and/or engineers capable of supporting the following key functions:
Serve as a technical expert on evolving satellite ground systems enterprise architectures and concepts;
Lead systems architecture efforts for enterprise ground solutions that include planning for NOAA’s next generation satellite architecture, the migration of existing on-premise ground capabilities to commercial solutions for satellite and data operations, and pre-acquisition ground architecture definition for new satellite missions;
Lead the development of top-level requirements for architectural concepts and enterprise services to support NOAA’s space mission designs with scalable architectures that include interoperability with U.S. allied systems;
Evaluate software architectures and designs to ensure functional and performance requirements are satisfied and external impacts are understood;
Lead and manage technical studies that assess the impacts of proposed architectural changes on requirements, design, and cost;
Lead systems engineering efforts to develop ground solutions that include planning for NOAA’s future satellite missions and the sustainment of existing ground capabilities for satellite and data operations.
Lead multi-disciplinary, geographically diverse study teams comprised of staff from the Aerospace Engineering and Technology Group (ETG) and other program offices to develop satellite ground system operational concepts and detailed requirements that include technical elements such as: system security approaches, network architectures and international network considerations;
Provide software systems engineering support for the acquisition (pre-acquisition planning through source selection, design reviews, integration and test) of large, software-reliant programs;
Provide authoritative engineering analysis to identify and assess risks (technical, programmatic, cost, and schedule) to the NOAA satellite, enterprise ground development programs;
Occasional domestic and foreign travel may be required.
- Bachelor's degree in aerospace, systems, mechanical, electrical engineering; or a related field of science, engineering or mathematics from a recognized institution
- Minimum of four years of increasing responsibility and applicable experience in engineering or technical roles related to design and development of satellite ground systems.
- Experience in the development, acquisition or deployment of platforms and/or software applications/services
- Experience serving as an engineering or scientific technical lead of teams
- Experience communicating complex technical material to audiences ranging from technical peer groups to non-technical government policy makers
- Experience with programmatic analysis capabilities including cost, schedule, and risk analysis and evaluation
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with government customers, Aerospace program offices, other NOAA contractors and engineering staff across a broad range of disciplines
Preference will be given to applicants with one of more the following:
- Advanced degree in computer science, computer engineering, systems engineering, electrical engineering or a related field of engineering or science
- Knowledge of existing and emerging ground systems designs and commercial products that can be applied to solve NOAA’s most challenging problems
- Experience with model-based system engineering (MBSE) and architecting tools and processes
- Experience with cloud-based development, transition and operations concepts
- Experience with Integration and test of complex software systems
- Experience developing objective, impartial assessments with limited and imperfect information
- Knowledge and experience with NOAA satellite mission planning and processing systems
- Knowledge and experience with secure international networks
- Knowledge and experience with designing, integrating, and testing satellite RF communications systems.
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Additional Requisition Details
The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.
From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.
All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance. U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.
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