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    The Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center is currently seeking interested applicants for the position of Senior Systems Analyst in the Space Mission Analysis Branch (SMAB) (E402). For more information about the directorate, please visit their website at http://sacd.larc.nasa.gov/.

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    • The branch performs systems analysis, mission analysis/technology assessment for human and robotic space missions. The degree of analysis ranges from the conceptual level to the support of flight projects. Capabilities exist in a number of analysis
    • discipline areas, including conceptual design, sizing/performance, propulsion, power, communications/tracking, crew systems, configuration/mass properties, mission operations, safety/risk assessment, affordability, and general decision analysis.
    • The senior systems analyst leads center- and agency-wide teams in the conduct of system analysis and trade studies associated with the definition of space systems utilized to accomplish primary strategic goals associated with the NASA Mission.
    • Studies include performing analysis to develop and evaluate concepts, conducting trades to assess system alternatives, and research and development of the analytical tools necessary to perform the required engineering analysis.
    • Conducts advanced system concept development, integration, and coordination across human exploration architecture design efforts. Analyses entail complicating conditions, such as new technology, ideas, and conceptual designs.
    • Leads and performs integration and assessment analyses of various capability and advanced technology activities required to enable exploration initiatives.
    • Serves as an expert authority, directing and conducting a broad range of inter-disciplinary studies including the determination and analysis of mass properties and mass distributions of major components, subsystems, and Systems.
    • Conducts aerospace mission analyses/configuration studies to assess mission feasibility and configuration optimization with analytical and/or experimental data. Projects affect the work of other experts and the development of major parts of projects.
    • Conducts fundamental studies on new techniques and methods of analysis for the performance of aerospace vehicles and subsystems and the force and motion mechanics of launch vehicles and space flight vehicles.
    • Makes recommendations and implements actions involving highly complex technical problems, including those that apply to controversial or unusual integrated systems in areas such as space vehicle subsystems and flight mechanics.
    • Determines when studies should be stopped/major alterations made due to changes in programs. Publishes technical data and develops scientifically based standards for engineering application. Serves as liaison between research, design, and operations.
    • Identifies baseline sets of capability investments required for major programs. Directly informs HQ decision makers in the HQ Advanced Exploration Systems Office and ISS Program Office, and provides strategic input to leadership in OCT and STMD.
    • Develops capability/technology maturation scenarios spanning long-term horizons subject to complex programmatic influences. Provides leadership within long term human space exploration architecture studies that influence agency exploration strategy.
    • Directs/manages/conducts systems analyses and special studies of marked importance that significantly impact the engineering field and lead to major modification or important extensions of current practices, and resolve key problems.
    • Contributes new designs/techniques for space vehicles that are regarded as major advances or have opened the way for further developments, or have solved problems of great importance to the field, Agency or public.
    • Integrates planning and implementation efforts, including engineering/ operations relationships, and operations/ processing functions, to support the development of advanced technologies, systems, or vehicles.
    • Identifies critical design concept issues, and processing and operations requirements. Defines and negotiates for unique skill sets required for special studies impacting National and International Space Policy.
    • Leads conceptual definition studies/analyses for advanced systems on proposed new projects for which no precedents are available. Integrates various study and analysis results into comprehensive technical briefings, reports, and technical papers.
    • Generates new hypotheses. Develops new concepts. Identifies alternative approaches or compromises to develop the most cost effective technical solutions. Ensures compatibility with overall study objective and schedules.
    • Participates as a subject matter expert on panels and working groups. Evaluates and recommends new analytical tools and methods to improve study results accuracy and/or efficiency.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0861 Aerospace Engineering

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