Principal Systems Engineer (Part time)

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Posting title
Principal Systems Engineer (Part time)

Roles and responsibilities
Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
Estimated duration of 12 months with the potential for extension or conversion.
W2 with full benefits
Customer and contract specific training will be required and provided.
Labor Category: Systems Engineer V

Job Description:
• Will provide engineering support for, and report to, the Chief Engineer and Program Manager of the Earth Science Fight Programs Office (ESFPO).
• Will be responsible for providing proactive engineering oversight and technical assessment for all ESFPO flight projects, which currently includeSWOT, NISAR, Sentinel-6, OCO-3, MAIA, EMIT and PREFIRE in development, and SMAP, GRACE-FO, OSTM/Jason-2, OCO-2, ECOSTRESS, and CloudSat in operations.
• Will participate in project monthly reviews, peer reviews, subsystem reviews and life cycle reviews to independently assess project status and critical flight project problems, issues, risks and anomalies, and provide reports with recommendations to the ESFPO management team.
• Will provide independent assessments that identify problems and risks that threaten the success, or significantly impact cost, schedule, and technical performance of the ESFPO flight projects.
• Will support the Chief Engineer in coordinating provision of independent Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to help projects resolve technical problems and provide independent review. Will lead or participate in “Tiger Teams” for project technical problem and anomaly resolution.
• Will provide expert review and concurrence of key project documents that are approved by NASA and JPL, including Project Plans, Formulation Agreements, Level 1 Requirements (PLRAs), and Project Implementation Plans (PIPs).
• Will coordinate with ESFPO Chief Engineer and projects on inputs for institutional engineering boards (e.g., DTAB, JEB, etc.).
• Will identify cross-cutting issues and risks, leverage commonality and efficiencies across projects, and assure lessons-learned from other projects are applied. Will participate on the ESFPO Risk Board, identifying cross-project risks and other risks that should be tracked by the ESFPO, and participate on the NASA Earth Science Division (ESD) Risk Board as needed.
• Will perform other functions as assigned by the Chief Engineer and Program Manager for ESFPO. 

Required Skills:
• Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
• Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen
• Bachelor degree in Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 15 years of related experience; Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 13 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 11 years related experience.
• Multidisciplinary and expert knowledge of and significant experience in establishing industry and/or NASA and JPL practices and standards across a broad range of applications in flight project development, with hardware or software delivery and/or systems engineering experience. Extensive knowledge in the development and operation of flight hardware and/or software at the system and subsystem level for spacecraft and/or instruments.
• Multidisciplinary and in-depth expertise regularly used in the application, promotion, and development of cutting-edge principles, theories, concepts and emerging technologies in Earth science flight project implementation and engineering.
• Highly developed management and leadership skills; ability to work effectively with managers and engineers across several engineering disciplines.
• Extensive experience solving complex engineering/technical issues across multiple instrument and spacecraft payloads for both hardware and software.
• Team player with excellent interpersonal skills, organizational skills, leadership abilities, and communication skills.
• Self-motivated, with ability to work independently with minimum supervision. Ability to effectively influence actions of others through well-formed, logical presentation of relevant details.
• Extensive experience working effectively with NASA HQ, other NASA centers, other government agencies, Principal Investigators and the science community, foreign and industrial partners, academic institutions, and JPL organizations.

Desired Skills :
• Expert knowledge of strategic Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations; applies and communicates those policies and procedures.
• Recognized Laboratory and external authority within the profession.
• Multidisciplinary technical knowledge relating to the full scope of flight project development and operations.
• Extensive experience and proven success at leadership roles in flight missions.
• Experience working in programs containing multiple projects.
• Extensive experience and participation with the flight project review process.
• Experience leading or participating in anomaly resolution teams or tiger teams.

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