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Spacecraft Systems Engineer

Entry Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 08/12/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have multiple openings for early career Spacecraft Systems Engineers to work on technical projects and initiatives with a focus on U.S. national security. You will be a member of an engineering team that will provide space mission engineering solutions with a focus on space and satellite projects for both national security and basic science investigations with sponsors including: NASA, Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies. As an engineering team member, the successful candidates will provide engineering solutions in the development of operational and technical concepts to meet mission requirements for spacecraft and payload design, mission planning and spacecraft subsystems (e.g., launch systems, attitude and determination control, guidance and navigation, on-board processing, propulsion). These positions are in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.

These positions will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will 

  • Contribute to a team of scientists and engineers that develops technical proposals for spacecraft missions including payload specifications, spacecraft definition, orbit definition, spacecraft subsystem specification, launch and operation design and planning, system trade studies, and cost and schedule estimates.
  • Develop models of limited complexity and run configuration trades on the spacecraft and payload subsystems.
  • Support efforts in attitude determination and control for the spacecraft engineering team and develop, maintain, and provide validation of spacecraft simulation and maneuvering models.
  • Contribute to mission planning efforts including design and analysis of spacecraft trajectories and develop operational concepts to meet mission requirements.
  • Provide solutions of limited complexity to spacecraft subsystems integrated test planning and execution.
  • Collaborate within a team of scientists, engineers, designers, technicians, coordinators, and procurement personnel to achieve project goals.
  • Provide project interface support with customer organizations, payload science experts, analysts, manufacturing engineers, and project staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.2 level 

  • Apply moderately complex and complete engineering solutions and technical analysis to develop and implement creative solutions to resolve highly complex technical and programmatic issues.
  • Provide tangible input in the development of broad research/project vision which includes supporting spacecraft launch and early operations, maintaining spacecraft health and safety, optimizing performance, and troubleshooting anomalies.
  • Contribute to mission planning functions, including design and analysis of spacecraft trajectories, operational concepts for multiple missions and ground operations teams including software requirements.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information Access, which requires U.S. citizenship and a federal background investigation.
  • Bachelor’s degree in aeronautical/aerospace engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Fundamental knowledge with one or more of the following spacecraft systems and subsystems: attitude, propulsion, power, data handling and on-board processing, thermal, structures and mechanisms, TT&C, and payload.
  • Fundamental knowledge necessary to contribute to estimating cost and schedule of spacecraft projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary project team that may include engineers, scientists, designers, technicians, and coordinators.
  • Ability to devise solutions for limited complexity problems that require the evaluation of readily identifiable factors using standard techniques and methodologies.
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

Additional qualifications at the SES.2 level

  • Comprehensive knowledge of concepts related to aerospace and/or spacecraft engineering and demonstrated experience supporting the development of proposals to meet space mission customer requirements and experience with aerospace and/or spacecraft engineering including knowledge of AGI STK or other satellite orbit design software.
  • Experience and demonstrated track record of success developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of highly complex, multi-disciplinary problems and supporting corrective actions where necessary.
  • Ability to manage tasks with well-defined priorities using standard techniques and methodologies.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in aeronautical/aerospace engineering or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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