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MAKE YOUR MOON SHOT WITH US. Astrobots come to work each day with a mission in mind – make space for everyone. Our team of 160 hardworking and talented individuals are pioneering a new era in space services and technologies that will open space for the world, starting at the Moon. We’re in the business of making history. If you have a genuine passion for space robotics, a desire to build real hardware, and are among the best in your field, we’re looking for you.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world.  The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals.  The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications.  Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining.  Astrobotic’s headquarters is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a second location in Mojave, California.

Our CubeRover will fly to the Moon in 2025 and will demonstrate critical lunar night survival and long-range communication capabilities. Another rover, MoonRanger, will fly to the Moon shortly afterwards and demonstrate unprecedented autonomy while searching for water on the lunar surface. As part of Astrobotic’s Lunar Surface Systems (LSS) team, you will literally be creating history as we define the benchmark for commercial delivery of payloads on the Moon and beyond.

Astrobotic Technology wants you to bring your substantial spacecraft expertise to guide the engineering team through the spacecraft development lifecycle using sound engineering principles and standards. This position will liaise between all technical departments at Astrobotic as well as business development and therefore will have a substantial influence in strategic planning and mission success.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Identify and prioritize key activities and opportunities within the LSS roadmap and create capture and development strategies in partnership with the Director of LSS
  • Act as the principal investigator for new R&D initiatives, overseeing the overall quality and technical direction of the project, establishing, and monitoring project success criteria, and operating as an expert on all facets of the project technical scope
  • Work closely with project managers, product managers, and systems engineers to define requirements and specifications of the systems based on market demands, define project budgets, and present technology alignment with the LSS roadmap to Astrobotic leadership
  • Advise on system concept development, system architecture development, system and subsystem requirements development, systems analysis and trade studies, and systems modeling and simulation
  • Coordinate cross functional teams and lead cross functional team meetings to ensure engineering solutions comply with mission and business needs
  • Support multiple mission spacecraft architectures, ensuring that designs stay within the scope and vision of the overall department
  • Participate in internal and vendor milestone reviews and provide feedback as to engineering solution adequacy for overall mission and business needs
  • Refine overall team processes and engineering standards according to department and business needs
  • Liaise with Chief Engineers in adjacent technical departments to align LSS roadmap with the company roadmap and parallelize complementary efforts.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Engineering or related technical field plus 8 years of relevant engineering experience (at least 5 years in a leadership role). Relevant advanced degree will be considered in lieu of equivalent experience
  • Recognized technical expert in the overall design, development and testing of spacecraft and related technologies
  • Demonstrated experience as the technical lead implementing the full life cycle of spacecraft design, development, manufacturing, testing, and operations
  • Demonstrated experience designing, integrating and testing spacecraft subsystems including direct experience in one or more of the following areas of spaceflight systems development: structure/thermal design and analysis, avionics, power systems, propulsion, mission services, systems engineering, mission operations, integration, or mission management
  • Demonstrated experience operating in an AS9100 or ISO9000 environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, experienced working with a wide variety of engineers with different skill levels and backgrounds
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to adapt quickly, think creatively, make critical technical decisions, and take initiative in a fast-paced environment

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated direct, hands-on experience with space system integration and testing, including cleanroom operations
  • Demonstrated experience working in an agile environment, using organizational tools such as Confluence and Jira
  • Experience with requirements management tools such as JAMA
  • Demonstrated experience developing process plans in support of development, manufacturing, or operations
  • Candidate should be eligible of obtaining a security clearance

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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