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Senior Systems Engineer - Space Power Systems

Apply now Job No: 501357
Work Type: Staff Full Time (1500 hours or greater)
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: Research Staff
Department: Adv High Temp Materials - 250341
Pay Grade: R3 - Exempt
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Position Summary:

New ideas surround us, but only a few will change the world. We are building upon RPS design philosophies that have stood the test of time, and this is your opportunity to become part of a team that brings us one step closer. If you desire to create something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for UDRI. Our Space Power System team solves complex challenges and develops novel solutions, but our culture makes us unique. We offer a welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), we are pushing the boundaries of what is possible, delivering novel solutions to sponsors like NASA, the Department of Defense, and industry. The UDRI Space Power System Design and Assembly Team is developing novel radioisotope power systems (RPS) for use in space and surface missions that further enable the search for life in the solar system or exploration of lunar and cislunar domains. We seek a Senior Systems Engineer to help us on multiple projects developing novel RPS units.

As a Senior Systems Engineer, provide technical leadership and direct technical contribution to space power system designs. You will be part of a team of talented engineering professionals in developing the industry’s most novel radioisotope power systems. You will apply industry standard and Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) techniques to subsystem design, development, and ground and flight testing. This position requires a strong background in designing, analyzing, and verifying current and future RPS designs.

• Interface with government and industry sponsors and teams to identify and document equipment end items and components supporting radioisotope power system design, assembly, and testing.
• Develop work breakdown structures for complex problems based on customer pain points with little supporting documentation.
• Design and optimize mechanical components for either traditional or additive manufacturing (i.e., housings, brackets, structural supports, vehicle parts, and aerospace hardware) and mechanical systems, following current and applicable GD&T standards.
• Create and execute component and system-level validation and qualification test plans and analysis of test data and results.
• Work with government and industry engineers to ensure documentation and product conformance with engineering design intent and performance requirements.
• The successful candidate will be self-driven, an excellent communicator, have a strong background leading technical projects to successful completion, and have systems engineering experience. The position will support multiple clients, primarily industry.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate must possess all of the following qualifications:
• M.S. in Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, or Materials)
• Understanding of spacecraft, aircraft, or complex systems design and operation
• A minimum of 10 years experience in a related engineering position
• Ability to create, read, and interpret models, technical drawings, schematics, and computer-generated reports
• Proficient in 3D CAD modeling software
• Working knowledge of finite element analysis (FEA) software and data analysis
• Ability to follow instructions and demonstrate attention to detail
• Strong problem-solving skills
• Successful collaboration within a multi-disciplinary team
• Strong customer focus and record of customer satisfaction
• Proficiency with M.S. Office Suite – namely Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel
• Project or program management experience
• Effective verbal and written communication skills
• U.S. Citizenship required
• This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

• 10+ years of engineering/technical project management experience
• 10+ years of systems engineering experience
• 10+ years of engineering/technical experience in aircraft, vehicles, or support equipment
• 10+ years of engineering technical leadership or product design
• 10+ years creating and executing component and system-level validation and qualification test plans
• 5+ years of training/mentoring/managing entry-level engineers or technical student hires
• 5+ years of experience in sustainment or acquisition engineering
• 5+ years of experience in the analysis of components concerning mechanical systems, including FEA for structural, fatigue, thermal, vibration, and acoustics
• Self-motivated & organized with the ability to work with minimal supervision
• Effective interpersonal communication skills demonstrated at all levels of an organization
• Demonstrated problem-solving and time-management skills
• Proficient in Ansys or Abaqus for FEA
• Familiar with various manufacturing processes such as casting, CNC machining, forging, heat treating, and additive manufacturing for metals and plastics
• Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
• Professional Engineer (PE) Certification
• Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt Certification
• Systems Engineering Certification
• Experience working with socially and culturally diverse communities
• Active U.S. Security Clearance

Special Instructions to Applicants: To apply please submit a cover letter addressing each minimum qualification and any applicable preferred qualifications that you meet.
Closing Statement:

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.


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