Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Spacecraft System Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104250
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2)
Date Posted: September 18 2018

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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 early career Spacecraft Systems Engineers to work on projects and initiatives with a focus on U.S. national security. You will be a member of an engineering team that will provide space mission engineering solutions for both national security and basic science investigations with sponsors including NASA, Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies. As an engineering team member, you will work on all aspects of space system hardware – from design and analysis to assembly, integration and test. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Contribute to a team of scientists and engineers that develops technical proposals for spacecraft missions including payload specifications, spacecraft definition, orbit definition, spacecraft subsystem specifications, launch and operation design and planning, system trade studies, and cost and schedule estimates.
-Apply moderately complex to complex engineering solutions and technical analysis to develop and implement creative solutions to resolve complex technical issues.
- Support efforts in attitude determination and control for the spacecraft engineering team and develop, maintain and provide validation of spacecraft simulation and maneuvering models.
- Perform design analysis such as transient thermal or vibration dynamics of spacecraft systems and subsystems.
- Plan and execute thermal-vac and/or dynamics testing of spacecraft systems and subsystems.
- Provide project interface support with customer organizations, payload science experts, analysts, manufacturing engineers, and project staff.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Master’s degree in aeronautical/aerospace engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience of several spacecraft subsystems: attitude, propulsion, power, data handling and on-board processing, thermal, structures and mechanisms, TT&C, and payload.
- Comprehensive knowledge to contribute to estimating cost and schedule of spacecraft projects.
- Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary project team that may include engineers, scientists, designers, and technicians.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Comprehensive knowledge of concepts of aerospace and spacecraft engineering.
- Experience with aerospace engineering tools such as AGI STK orbit design software, Thermal Desktop, dynamics simulation FEA and vibration and thermal-vac testing.
- Experience and successful track record developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of moderately complex to complex, multi-disciplinary problems and supporting corrective actions where necessary.
- Under limited direction, ability to manage a schedule of tasks with well-defined priorities using standard techniques.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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 is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

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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