Lead Project Systems Engineer – Interplanetary Mission Development

  • Full Time
  • ARCHITECTURE
  • USA
  • Posted 2 months ago
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident

Company Details

Bradford Space is a high-tech developer and manufacturer that has been innovating the space industry for over three decades. Bradford has over 35 years’ experience developing and manufacturing state of the art in-orbit systems and components. Today, this US-owned company with headquarters in New York City and operations in the Netherlands, Sweden and Luxembourg builds high performance spacecraft propulsion systems, avionics, attitude orbit control systems, microgravity workspaces, and is developing the highly maneuverable Explorer spacecraft for beyond LEO missions.

Have you previously designed spacecraft and/or spacecraft subsystems and seek to take on a higher-level challenge?  Are you interested in designing and developing a deep-space bus that enables low-cost exploration of the inner Solar System?  Do you have a creative engineering mind and strong motivation and drive to reach into the universe?

Then Bradford Space is looking for you. We want to send your handiwork interplanetary!

As the lead Systems Engineer, you will be the spacecraft’s architect. You will provide design and development input for an on-contract NASA mission, as well as create new mission concepts and proposals for Bradford’s Explorer platform.

Bradford Space operations blend the responsible, high-quality engineering practices of traditional aerospace engineering while implementing the rapid iterative development methods and dynamic workplace culture of a New-Space style start-up.

Key Responsibilities

  • Spacecraft systems engineering including developing operations concepts, requirements, and system architecture for deep space small satellite missions
  • Collaborate with customers to define requirements, allocate and derive requirements to subsystems, and resolve potential requirements issues
  • Perform quantitative trade analyses, make-buy decisions and vendor selections
  • Track technical performance metrics for systems and subsystems
  • Create and maintain critical budgets (e.g. mass, power, propulsion, link, etc.) in conjunction with subsystem leads
  • Support integration and test of the platform

Required Qualifications

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 7 years’ experience or Master’s Degree and 5 years’ experience in Engineering or related discipline.
  • Systems engineering experience building small spacecraft and/or satellite subsystems, developing performance requirements, and conducting architectural trade studies
  • Excellent communication, organization and interpersonal skills, as well as adherence to processes and procedures

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Familiarity with deep-space mission concept design and the full-lifecycle spacecraft development process, including flight operations.
  • Experience with NASA policies and procedures for program/project management and systems engineering is a strong qualifier.
  • Strong understanding of all spacecraft subsystems, with emphasis on chemical propulsion
  • Experience with space systems testing methodologies and test planning activities
  • Understanding of the SmallSat market, and the technologies and processes that enable low-cost missions
  • Experience writing proposals and interfacing with customers.

What We Offer in Return

We offer you the rare chance to lead the design of an interplanetary probe using considerable engineering freedom to work with a palette of innovative propulsion and avionics technologies developed in house. An opportunity to be a key part of exciting missions to destinations throughout the inner solar system launching in the near future. You would take on an influential role in a new, revenue-generating company, with a mandate to focus on technical design and implementation on an aggressive development schedule featuring rapid hardware iteration.

Work Environment

Based in the US, ideally on the East Coast. Occasional travel may be required when that’s a thing again. The position is part of a new operation in a dynamic and fast-moving startup culture with an emphasis on individual responsibility and a results-driven mentality. The Explorer team is comprised of personnel across Bradford’s global entities and it is essential the selected candidate be able to work effectively with a remote team in the US, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

 Is this you? Please apply.

Bradford Space is a high-tech developer and manufacturer that has been innovating the space industry for over three decades. Bradford has over 35 years’ experience developing and manufacturing state of the art in-orbit systems and components. Today, this US-owned company with headquarters in New York City and operations in the Netherlands, Sweden and Luxembourg builds high performance spacecraft propulsion systems, avionics, attitude orbit control systems, microgravity workspaces, and is developing the highly maneuverable Explorer spacecraft for beyond LEO missions.

Bradford Space is a drug-free workplace and an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Tagged as: spacecraft systems, deep-space mission, space systems testing

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