Payload Systems Engineer (NASA HHPC)

October 27, 2020
Houston, TX
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Leidos is a Fortune 500™ company aimed at embracing and solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Through science and technology, Leidos makes the world safer, healthier and more efficient.

Our Civil Group offers an array of exciting career opportunities for the best IT, energy, logistics and engineering professionals. 

Driven by our talented workforce, the Exploration and Mission Support Operation builds trust through the delivery of enduring solutions for our customers’ information technology and mission support needs. We enable the delivery of citizen services and the exploration of space and scientific advancement to benefit humankind.

    Key Capabilities:

    This position requires successful completion of a government background check before commencement of employment

    The Payload Systems Engineer is responsible for preflight and real-time engineering support to Human Research Facility (HRF) rack operations on the International Space Station. PSE II responsibilities include pre-flight software load testing, verification, documentation, and implementation of the systems level engineering elements to support HRP Research Operations and Integration in-flight experiments. PSE's also assist in the preparation of the crew training facilities for training activities.  As a member of the increment console operations ground control team, the PSE is responsible for monitoring the health and status of all active onboard equipment, real-time software commanding to the Human Research Facility Rack, hardware and software anomaly resolution, and science data management.  The PSE acts as the engineering subject matter expert for pre-flight and post-flight operational analyses.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Responsible for compliance with Safety, Health and Environmental plan; must be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all safety laws and all of the Company's safety policies and rules and must be willing to report safety violations and potential safety violations to appropriate supervisory or management personnel

    • Responsible for compliance with the Quality Assurance Plan, policies and procedures

    • Responsible for completing all assigned training

    • Support console operations in support of Human Life Sciences on-orbit operations

    • Pre-flight testing verification, documentation and implementation of software and processes

    • Preparation of training facilities

    • Performing the operations engineering liaison function to engineering and science groups to ensure on-orbit success

    • Writing test plans and commanding protocols

    • Developing or improving procedures and processes related to hardware and software use

    • Training crew members on HRF Racks

    • Acting as liaison to software, hardware and analog groups

    Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field, preferably biomedical engineering, 3-5 years prior work experience in a professional environment or a master’s degree with 2-3 year’s experience in an aerospace environment.

    • Prior experience in an aerospace, flight control, or satellite operations environment

    • Proven leadership ability and success in teamwork

    • Self-starter; ability to take initiative and resolve issues

    • Familiarity with systems engineering principles

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Familiarity with Human Research program operations goals

    • Familiarity with Human Research program science

    • Familiarity with JSC or MSFC spaceflight operations interfaces

    • Knowledge of console operations protocols and interfaces

    • Familiarity with life sciences NASA support operations, including console operations

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    We value and support the well-being and mobility of our employees with competitive benefit packages, complementary e-learning training, work-life flexibility, an exciting External Referral Program, and a diverse, inclusive and ethical work place. In fact, in 2020, Leidos was ranked as one of the “World's Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute for the third consecutive year. 

    This position requires successful completion of a government background check before commencement of employment

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    Systems Engineering

    Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

    Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available here.

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    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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