Payload Systems Engineer

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ispace Japan is seeking a highly motivated and talented Payload Systems Engineer to join its team developing lunar exploration systems. The ideal candidate will have broad experience in the system engineering process of spacecraft, good technical knowledge of multiple spacecraft subsystems and experience managing interfaces with customers. This is a unique opportunity to join a truly fascinating project, the first stage of ispace’s plans to perform resource prospecting on the moon. In this position, you will assigned to one or more of ispace’s projects, and join a small, international team of engineers working towards the detailed design and qualification of our first missions.

Candidates with demonstrated “hands-on” experience in some engineering domains and interdisciplinary experience are preferred. Teamwork is valued, and depending on the strengths of of the candidate, the responsibilities listed below will be assigned accordingly. Experience interfacing to vendors and payload customers is required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor or Masters degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace Engineering or equivalent
  • 5+ years of experience of systems engineering within the aerospace industry
  • Broad experience or knowledge of several aerospace disciplines, especially software, avionics and communications
  • Experience in requirements management for spacecraft systems
  • Experience working with outside vendors and customers
  • Familiarity with spacecraft design and test standards: ECSS, MIL-STD, or similar
  • Self-motivated and comfortable making key decisions within a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent presentation skills, both verbally and written. Enthusiastic attitude and team player
  • Working level in English

Preferable Requirements

  • Requirements management and traceability of requirements until verification
  • Experience performing FMECA, reliability analysis, and/or hazard analysis
  • Deep knowledge of subsystems such as structure, thermal and power, and experience controlling the system level design in terms of mass and/or power budget\
  • Experience in RF engineering
  • Working level in Japanese

Perform system level trade-offs, co-ordinating inputs from various disciplines within the team, to evaluate any proposed changes of the design baseline

  • Elicit, review and maintain requirements
  • Define and maintain interfaces for payloads, such as electrical, software
  • Support development of hardware and software for wired and wireless communication with payloads, both in-house and with vendors
  • Co-ordinate efforts between Ground Segment, GNC, Avionics, and Software
  • Take ownership of mass budgets, power budgets and other technical parameters and ensure the system design is optimized
  • Create verification plans with our AIT team and help plan, perform and document verification activities
  • Lead efforts to resolve non-compliances identified during spacecraft AIT
  • Support project managers in defining and resolving risks and issues

If you are currently located outside of Japan, you are still encouraged to apply, and interviews will be held over videoconference

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