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Sr. Project Engineer, Strategic Assessments & Studies

The Aerospace Corporation | Goddard SFC All States USA | Full Time | Posted: 11/20/2020

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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.

The Strategic Assessments & Studies (SAS) Division of the Civil Systems Group (CSG) is responsible for conducting independent assessments and studies to assist NASA, NOAA, and other civil customers in agency-level strategic decision-making on future programs and projects. Typical products and services within SAS's Portfolio & Architecture Assessments organization include advanced architecture studies, independent cost/schedule estimates and risk assessments throughout the development lifecycle, detailed assessments of earned value data to provide programmatic health and status, and the continued development of core capabilities.

Works independently with both internal and external customers and with technical support, as a technical authority, consultant, primary investigator, or project leader. May lead or organize technical efforts or project teams. Interfaces between customers and Aerospace technical and management staff. May mentor less experienced MTS and serve as role model.

Key Functions

Strategic studies work may span across NASA mission directorates including Aeronautics, Exploration, Science, and Space Operations as well as studies related to best practices, standards, Agency infrastructure, and policy. Support the execution and integration of technical analyses products.

Candidate must be able to work effectively both independently and as part of multi-organizational, multi-disciplinary teams.

Candidates should be able to lead and communicate effectively as a key senior member of the organization in a fast paced, dynamic environment, react quickly to changing requirements and schedules, and provide products of consistently high quality.

Candidates must be able to effectively work with multiple projects simultaneously.

Candidate should be able to summarize and present analysis findings to upper management and customer senior leadership.



Bachelor's degree in an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution

12 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience, including experience in a systems engineering and/or program management environment

Knowledge of NASA missions and technologies, knowledge of NASA development lifecycle, development requirements and guidelines is desired

Experience in systems engineering, risk assessment, cost modeling and analysis, independent cost estimating and tradespace exploration studies

Dependability, good interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to work on teams are essential

Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required


Experience directly interfacing with customers and delivering comprehensive assessment products is desired

Experience with the Aerospace Engineering Technology Group matrix and Aerospace program offices

Multidisciplinary experience including, spacecraft and launch vehicle concept design and operations

Additional Information

The primary location for performing this work is in NASA facilities on GSFC's campus in Greenbelt, MD. Occasional travel to Aerospace's Crystal City facility is expected.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative 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 at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and  the supplement, as well as the  Pay Transparency Policy Statement.  

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Location Goddard SFC, United States
Categories Engineering

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