Systems Engineer – NASA Missions

  • Full-Time
  • USA
  • Posted 2 months ago
  • US Citizenship or Permanent Residence in order to meet ITAR requirements

Company Details

 The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is a multi-mission science and flight operations center for NASA’s flagship observatories on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus

Support NASA missions! The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is a multi-mission science and flight operations center for NASA’s flagship observatories on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland.  This position can support hybrid work both onsite and from home. Candidates must reside in or be willing to relocate to our local market (MD, DE, VA, PA, DC & WV).

We are hiring a Systems Engineer with 5+ years of experience working with complex operational requirements to join our growing Systems Engineering, Integration & Test and Flight Operations (SEITO) Division. A Systems Engineer in this role is knowledgeable in systems engineering processes and practices with familiarity with software engineering, spacecraft hardware and/or operations (preferred), and has familiarity with systems integration processes.

This is a phenomenal opportunity to interact with engineering and science groups working on the operations of the James Webb (JWST), Hubble (HST) and Nancy Grace Roman Space (Roman) Space Telescopes.

Responsibilities include:

Our systems engineers support all phases of the Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC) and perform in a variety of roles to support system design, product realization and technical management using the NASA Systems Engineering Handbook as a guide. We look at all facets of a System (or System of Systems) to include people, process, and product.

The work performed by systems engineers contributes meaningfully in strengthening our engineering processes while supporting multi-mission operational systems to HST, JWST and/or Roman. They work with multi-disciplinary engineering teams to provide systems engineering support with a focus on Flight Operations Subsystem support (including but not limited to requirements management, flight software maintenance facilities interface control documentation) and input to our Science Operations.


We are looking for Systems Engineers with 5+ years of experience with the following experience and/or abilities:

  • Complex operations requirements and problem-solving experience (scheduling experience preferred)
  • Knowledge of current systems engineering methodologies and tools
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • “Big Picture” thinking
  • You have ability to plan, prioritize, schedule, and maintain multiple demands

Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace, Software Engineering, or Systems Engineering, or another technically related field.

US Citizenship or Permanent Residence in order to meet ITAR requirements

The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience. We offer an excellent and generous benefits package.  We believe the success of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is based on the exceptional contributions of our staff. The health and well-being of our employees and those who support them are essential. In keeping with that commitment, we provide robust and competitive benefit programs that include:

  • Affordable and comprehensive medical, dental, prescription drug, and vision care plans for staff and their family members
  • Flexible spending accounts to help offset out-of-pocket health and dependent care expenses
  • Fully paid disability and life insurance coverage
  • Employer-funded retirement with an annual contribution in an amount equal to 10% of eligible compensation
  • Employee-funded retirement savings plan, which allows staff to defer income on a pre- or post-tax basis up to the IRS limits
  • Generous time off benefits that include seven paid holidays, three discretionary holidays, up to 24 days of vacation leave, and 12 days for sick leave
  • Six weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child
  • Flexible work schedules and telework options
  • Tuition assistance for full-time employees
  • An employee assistance program
  • Free parking
  • Complimentary shuttles between office locations
  • Access to library and gym services at Johns Hopkins University

TO APPLY: Please upload a resume, cover letter and online application. Applications received by April 21, 2023 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled.

COVID-19 Working Protocols:

STScI offers a flexible and welcoming workspace for all. STScI embraces the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in creating a first-rate community. We strongly encourage women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities. Veterans, disabled individuals, or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process can contact us EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

As a leader in the astronomical community, AURA is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the workforce

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers do not discriminate based on race, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below, as well as the requests for self-identification, are required under these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements for protection and assisting us in our record-keeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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