Position Description:

The Systems Engineer will:

  • Provide systems engineering and interface integration support to the MSFC Systems Requirements, Verification & Validation Branch, for Space Launch System (SLS) Integrated Spacecraft/Payload Integration Element (ISPE) design and integration.
  • Support performed includes, but is not limited to interface design definition, requirements development, and verification planning.
  • Perform technical analysis of processing requirements, such OMRS, WADs, and associated ground hardware for nominal and off-nominal integrated operations from manufacturing, transportation, off-line and integrated ground processing, stacking, test and checkout and launch. Coordinate with ground systems and Orion personnel to identify and define ground operations processing requirements.
  • Coordinate and interface with MSFC Customer, Spacecraft/Payload Integration & Evolution (SPIE), and SLS project teams and payload customers as well as participating in reviews, meetings (i.e. team/discipline, TIMs, teleconferences, etc.), working groups and trade studies.
  • Coordinate with Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) to ensure any concerns or hazards identified with spacecraft or payload ground operations processing are assessed and resolved/mitigated.
  • Perform thorough technical assessments of proposed internal and external payload interface requirements to understand the impacts imposed by modifications.
  • Assist with the functional decomposition of interface requirements into verifiable requirements.
  • Prepare for and provide console staffing for Vehicle countdown, launch, and flight phases.
  • Generate and coordinate interface requirements documentation to ensure the necessary and complete integration of the payloads to other SLS Elements.
  • Identify and communicate risks associated with interface requirements via the NASA Risk Management System.
  • Manage analyses, trade studies, and decision packages developed for payloads and provide feedback and technical recommendations (written and/or verbal) in support of the SPIE Element Chief Engineer or the Element Lead Systems Engineer. Personnel may be asked to lead and/or support the following systems engineering tasks:
  • Technical integration across multiple NASA Centers, diverse engineering and program/project organizations, and a variety of engineering disciplines.
  • Performance of critical mission event studies, process improvement studies, affordability improvement activities, or other studies focused on improving overall element design, systems integration, systems operation or life cycle cost.
  • Document and control of the integrated architecture through appropriate controlling documents and/or deliverables which may include interface requirement/control documents, functional schematics, trade study reports, and other technical briefing/decision packages.
  • Some travel to other NASA Centers and customer locations will be required (nominally 0 to 20%, depending on project requirements.)
  • Personnel are required to be self-motivated, effective team players familiar with working in a dynamic work environment who are willing to assume a Systems Integration role in this SLSP systems design and definition effort.



  • Degree in Engineering or related field is required. Degree from an ABET-accredited university is preferred. A BS with at least 10 years of aerospace industry experience, with 5 years spacecraft and/or space payloads related and/or launch vehicle integration or operations related experience is required. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D.
  • with a minimum 4 years of experience; Masters with at least 8 years of experience, or a BS with at least 10 years of experience.


  • Experience with Systems Engineering as a discipline, to include development of requirements, requirement allocation, and development of verification plans, verification objectives, verification matrices, and verification implementation.
  • Experience in the development, integration, and implementation of complex aerospace/space systems.
  • Experience reading and working with engineering drawings, interface control documents, configuration documents, or other technical documentation.
  • Experience analyzing complex problems or issues, separating the topic into manageable pieces to facilitate resolution of technical concerns.
  • Demonstrated skills, capabilities, and knowledge required to interface with program level representatives as well as engineers and other technical personnel. This includes the ability to work with a team of diverse individuals, and reach group consensus on technical topics.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, customer relation skills, and presentation skills are required.
  • Intermediate skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Outlook) are required.
  • Evidence of the following experience will be used to identify suitable candidates for this position:
  • An understanding of launch vehicle systems definition, functional requirement development, and/or design integration.
  • Experience in requirements, plans, and procedures development and experience in the execution of ground operations for spacecraft or launch vehicle flight hardware and systems.
  • Experience supporting payload integration or the development of payload integration requirements supporting the Space Shuttle, ISS, or unmanned launch vehicles.
  • Experience with NASA and/or MSFC spacecraft or launch vehicle development, processing, ground operations, and ground support equipment.
  • Experience in programmatic planning, monitoring, and control of efforts associated with payload mission integration.
  • Experience in physical and functional integration of payload hardware into a spacecraft/launch vehicle
  • Experience in the definition and documentation of payload design and interface requirements, payload accommodations and payload services.
  • Experience negotiating and coordinating top level integration agreements with payload developers and/or principal investigators