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    Senior Project Engineer Lunar and Mars Surface Human Mobility

    Aerospace Corporation
    Houston, MN 55943
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    Job Description

    In an era of dynamic change in space, Aerospace is addressing a generation of complex challenges. We operate the only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) committed exclusively to the space enterprise. Our technical experts span every discipline of space-related science and engineering. Join our team and thrive in a career that matters to the world and you personally. This role will provide engineering, analysis, and test support for the NASA Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) specifically in the area of lunar and Mars surface human mobility and EVA systems and multidisciplinary human-in-the-loop assessments of HEOMD engineering architectures, concepts, and designs. The position will also provide support for the Lunar Surface Human Mobility Systems project office at which is responsible for the Lunar Terrain Vehicle and Habitable Mobility Platform projects, from pre-formulation through prototype development, flight unit development. This position may also provide technical consultation in support of Human Health and Performance protocols, test events, and report authoring being performed by EVA performance and aerospace physiology research scientists. SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES Acts as senior technical authority, consultant, primary investigator, or team leader. May lead or organize interfaces between customers' and Aerospace technical and management staff. Coordinates large-scale technical efforts across programproject lines. Mentors less experienced MTS and serves as role model. KEY FUNCTIONS Provide technical support to NASA customer as part of the lunar System Human Mobility Systems project office and the HEOMD Human In The Loop (HITL) Test Team. Perform planning, development and execution of multidisciplinary human-in-the-loop tests that address NASA HEOMD, HQ, and other stakeholder objectives Perform systems engineering, integration, and test activities for Lunar Surface Human Mobility Systems Project Office tasks in support of developing spaceflight hardware Perform architectural analyses and studies, and project feasibility assessments (cost, schedule, technical, affordability and executability) in support of NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) customers, with a focus on Artemis. Work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, to react quickly to changing requirements and schedules, and to provide products of consistently high quality. Coordinate, lead, and provide technical oversight on human research studies and engineering evaluations, including scheduling, integration with stakeholders and collaborators, and preparing final reports and recommendations for program management Serve as a test subject for protocol and hardware evaluations on a volunteer basis Provide technical input to Moon-to-Mars and Artemis architecture teams, working groups, and TIMs Communicate effectively and be able to summarize and present analysis findings to both Aerospace and NASA Senior Staff. Lead and co-author various publications and presentations for NASA internal meetings and external public conferences. Operate under the direction of Government personnel, the Aerospace Task lead, or other contractors placed in leadership positions within the team as the situation demands. Effectively work with multiple projects and teams simultaneously. Work effectively remotely and travel as required to support various customer sites, Human-in-the-loop tests, meetings, technical conferences, and meetings May undertake a major program segment such as system-level architectural analysis, conceptual design of a new vehicle or major payload. May be required to investigate urgent technical problems or assemble a major briefing or report. As Aerospace representative in customer or contractor's environment, provides nondirective advice, accepts action items and may coordinate pertinent budgets, tasks, and priorities. In systems engineering assignments, generally leadscoordinates team comprised of diversely skilled engineers servicing a major portion of a large project or working across projects, and interfaces regularly with customer and contractor program management. BASIC QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor's degree in an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Extensive experience in leading large- and small-scale human-in-the-loop testing to achieve specific goals and objectives, producing actionable and data-driven results, both in the field and in the lab environment to address NASA-specific goals and objectives Extensive experience with planetary surface systems engineering analysis, concepts, and designs and how systems can and should interact w other systems (e.g., human landing systems, suited EVA crewmembers, logistics elements, habitation elements, mobility elements, etc.) Demonstrated ability to provide actionable, data-driven results from HITL testing Demonstrated ability to work with multiple projects and teams simultaneously Working knowledge of HEOMD systems engineering and integration (SEI) mission analysis questions, gaps, and risks and experience addressing these through relevant HITL testing. Working knowledge of EVA and Human Performance gaps and risks and experience addressing these through suited testing. At least 5 years of experience supporting human in the loop pressurized suited testing in different spaceflight analog environments including Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, Gravity Offload System Facilities, Habitation and Mobility Prototypes, field analogs, and advanced suit laboratory facilities. performing space suit human performance requirements development and validation testing. performing space suit thermal and ventilation design performance requirements development and validation testing. performing exploration-class mission concepts of operations development, systems engineering and integration modelling, and trade studies. monitoring human subjects and collecting physiological data during research studies andor operational training. Extensive experience supporting government-industry partnerships under the NASA Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) model including experience with handling proprietary engineering and test data across multiple contractors. Recognized internally and externally for their contribution to the Space Community and the specific areas in which work will be performed Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required, as demonstrated through authoring peer-reviewed publications, technical reports and conference presentations. Expert user of Microsoft Office Suite (Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Exhibit high level of innovation, creativeness, and initiative Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers Broad internal recognition from peers and Aerospace program office Broad technicalprogrammatic impact inside and outside of Aerospace PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 8 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineeringscientific experience, including experience in a systems engineering andor program management environment. Master's degree or equivalent in Engineering, Physics, or Applied Mathematics with focus on life sciences research PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTSWORK ENVIRONMENTS Ways We Reward Our Employees During your interview process, our team will provide all the details of our industry-leading benefits and career development opportunities. A few highlights include A work environment built on teamwork, flexibility and respect Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career, as well as tuition reimbursement Variable pay program for exceptional contributions Comprehensive health care and wellness plans for your entire family Flextime and virtual work options (if applicable) 401(k) Savings Plan featuring a company match, regardless of whether you contribute Paid holidays and paid time off Flexible spending accounts Relocation assistance (if applicable) We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other-the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation. Equal Opportunity Commitment The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal OpportunityAffirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you're an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone ator by email at . 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    Posting ID: 600053999Posted: 2021-01-16