JPSS Flight Ops Systems Engineer

  • SAIC, Inc
  • Lanham, MD 20706, USA
  • May 07, 2021

Job Description


SAIC is seeking a 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, but is temporarily remote due to COVID-19.

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-2.  Primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Become a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on one or more Ground System Software Items (SIs) to support the JPSS Mission Operations Support Team (MOST).
  • Become the liaison/point of contact (POC) between the MOST and the flight vendor and NASA Integration & Testing (I&T) teams including:
    • Monitoring and attending I&T meetings.
    • Providing I&T documentation and information to the MOST.
    • Representing MOST at Failure Review Boards (FRBs) and other meetings.
  • Product development:
    • Managing vendor-provided Recommended Operating Procedures (ROP) updates and comments.
    • Managing working groups between MOST and flight vendor.
    • Reviewing operational products.
    • Maintaining I&T scripts on behalf of MOST.
  • Support the MOST as-required 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.
  • Support the development of operations tools.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field and 5 years or more related experience.
  • 3 years of spacecraft operations experience
    • Subsystem-level or higher experience preferred.
  • 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.