Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Spacecraft Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Job ID: 103404
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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have multiple openings for experienced Spacecraft Engineers to work on technical projects and initiatives with a focus on U.S. national security. You will provide space mission engineering solutions with a focus on space and satellite projects for both national security and basic science investigations with sponsors including: NASA, Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies. You will develop operational and technical concepts to meet mission requirements for spacecraft and payload design, mission planning and spacecraft subsystems (e.g. launch systems, attitude and determination control, guidance and navigation, on-board processing, propulsion). This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.
This position will be filled at either the SES.3 or SES.4 level depending on your experience and qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Work as an integral part of a small team of scientists and engineers to develop technical proposals for spacecraft missions including payload specifications, spacecraft definition, orbit definition, spacecraft subsystem specification, launch and operation design and planning, system trade studies, and cost and schedule estimates.
- Apply advanced engineering knowledge to develop models and run configuration trades on the spacecraft and payload subsystems.
- Direct efforts in attitude determination and control for the spacecraft engineering team and develop, maintain and provide validation of spacecraft simulation and maneuvering models.
- Contribute to complex mission planning efforts including design and analysis of spacecraft trajectories and develop operational concepts to meet mission requirements.
- Lead spacecraft subsystems integrated test planning and execution.
- Provide advanced technical direction to small teams and work as the primary spacecraft technical contact.
- Collaborate within a team of scientists, engineers, designers, technicians, coordinators, and procurement personnel to achieve project goals.
- Interface with customer organizations, payload science experts, analysts, manufacturing engineers, and project staff.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In addition, at the SES.4 Level
- Apply advanced engineering solutions and technical analysis to develop and implement creative solutions to resolve highly complex technical and programmatic issues.
- Set broad research/project vision and lead a team supporting spacecraft launch and early operations, maintaining spacecraft health and safety, optimizing performance, and troubleshooting anomalies.
- Lead mission planning functions, including design and analysis of spacecraft trajectories, operational concepts for multiple missions and ground operations teams including software requirements.
- Master’s degree in aeronautical/aerospace engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant aerospace and/or spacecraft engineering experience including experience with AGI STK or other satellite orbit design software.
- Advanced knowledge and significant experience with one or more of the following spacecraft systems and subsystems: attitude, propulsion, power, data handling and on-board processing, thermal, structures and mechanisms, TT&C, and payload.
- Significant experience estimating cost and schedule of spacecraft projects.
- Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary project team that may include engineers, scientists, designers, technicians, and coordinators.
- Demonstrated ability to devise solutions for complex problems that require in-depth analysis of tangible and intangible factors.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information to colleagues, management or sponsors.
In addition, at the SES.4 Level
- Subject matter expert knowledge of highly advanced concepts related to aerospace and/or spacecraft engineering and demonstrated experience leading the development of proposals to meet space mission customer requirements.
- Significant experience and demonstrated track record of success developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of highly complex, multi-disciplinary problems and leading corrective actions where necessary.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple parallel tasks, often requiring the resolution of conflicting work requirements and prioritization of tasks toward predetermined long-range targets.
Desired Qualifications
- PhD degree in aeronautical/aerospace engineering or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated knowledge of space mission engineering principles and practices and their application.
- Optical system analysis and design experience in either laser or imaging systems.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access.
If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:  This listing has multiple openings; these are Career Indefinite positions.  Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for these positions. Relisted position. Originally listed on 2/14/18. Previous candidates need not reapply.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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