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Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.JPL’s Mission Design and Navigation Section 392 builds maps and tools for interplanetary navigation, designs efficient routes for spacecraft to reach any remote solar system location, and safely pilots spacecraft to their ultimate destination. We are responsible for: science driven modeling, filtering and optimization, managing trajectory knowledge and control, and observability and uncertainties.
Will be a member of the Outer Planet Mission Analysis Group (392M) responsible for performing mission design and delivering associated data products for deep-space missions. This includes missions to the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune) and their moons, Kuiper belt objects, dwarf planets, main belt asteroids, and comets. Current missions that the group supports include Juno, Psyche, and Europa Clipper.
The group works on all phases of a project from conceptual design through operations. We are heavily involved in advanced concept studies and proposal work, from trajectory design to mission design leads to other roles on proposals, including proposal management. During Formulation and Implementation through Phase D, we lead the Mission Design Team (trajectory design, navigation development, mission engineering) and participate as trajectory designers, which continues on during operations on the Navigation Team. The group also has significant efforts in Research and Technology Development tasks, developing algorithms, techniques, and software tools to enable new mission designs.
This individual will be performing mission design for interplanetary missions and developing advanced mission design capabilities. This individual will support a combination of the following tasks: Europa Clipper and Lander mission design, mission design for concept studies in formulation and proposal development, and developing requirements, algorithms, and software for complex advanced mission design capabilities.
+ Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical/Aeronautical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 3 years of related experience; Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 1 year of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines.
+ Must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 Scale
+ Broad knowledge in spacecraft navigation and low-thrust trajectory design.
+ Have excellent analytical and communication skills.
+ Be able to work in a team environment as well as perform independent studies with little direct supervision.
Posted Title: Mission Design Engineer II
Requisition ID: 2020-11839
Discipline Description: Guidance Navigation and Control
Career Level: Level 2
Relocation Eligibility: No
Name: 392M - OUTER PLANET MISSION ANALYSIS
Work Authorization: U.S. Citizen
Clearance Status: None
External Company Name: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
External Company URL: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/work/
Post End Date: 4/28/2020