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JPSS Spacecraft Systems Engineer

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Job ID: 216809
Location: LANHAM, MD, United States
Date Posted: May 18, 2021
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Spacecraft Systems Engineer on the NASA OMES II contract in support of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The position is located in Lanham, MD.

The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) next-generation operational Earth observation program that acquires and distributes global environmental data primarily from multiple polar-orbiting satellites.  The program plays a critical role to NOAA’s mission to understand and predict changes in weather, climate, oceans and coasts, and the space environment, which support the Nation’s economy and protect lives and property.  

This is a system engineering position working with the Mission Operations Support team (MOST) on JPSS.  Primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Become a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the JPSS-2/3/4 Spacecraft to support the JPSS Mission Operations Support Team (MOST).
  • Support the MOST in all readiness activities to include; Joint Compatibility Tests (JCTs), Mission Rehearsals (MRs), Day-In-The-Life (DITL) and daily operations testing.
    • Readiness activities require working 12-hour shifts to include nights, weekends and holidays for up to 7 days.
  • Support the MOST in Launch and Early Orbit (LEO) activities.
    • This includes from launch to handover to NOAA, which is 90-days.
    • Launch and Early Orbit activities require working 12-hour shifts to include nights, weekends and holidays for the duration of the 90-day period.
  • Oversee the work of spacecraft subsystem engineers.
  • Support product development of the spacecraft subsystem products.
  • Support the development of operations tools.
  • Collaborate with other leaders of the MOST to develop and refine operations concepts.
  • Interface with NASA and NOAA leadership on matters of spacecraft operations engineering.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM field and 10 years or more related experience.
  • 3 years of spacecraft operations experience at the subsystem level or higher.
  • Must be able to pass a Government background investigation.
  • Must be able to support 24/7 operations (12-hour shifts) during testing and rehearsals as well as the 90-day LEO&A period.
  • MS Office skills required.


SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's modernization and readiness challenges. Our offerings across defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets include high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission outcomes. We integrate the best components from our portfolio with our partner's ecosystem to deliver innovative and effective solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, VA, SAIC has annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For information, visit or Working at SAIC for benefits details. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer empowering people no matter their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We strive to create a diverse, inclusive and respectful work culture that values all.

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