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Principal Systems Engineer

Ottawa, ON
Job Responsibilities:
  • Provide technical leadership on optical instrument development programs as part of a highly engaged and integrated engineering team involved in all aspects of design, assembly and test activities
  • Design and analysis of end-to-end optical systems for space, including defining system architectures and system requirements to meet customer requirements,
  • Defining and selecting appropriate designs through leading trade studies, and developing system-level models and performing simulation and analysis to ensure end-to-end performance requirements are met
  • Develop system level and sub-system level requirements and specification documents working with the optical, electrical and mechanical design teams
  • Develop program level documentation according to space agency standards (ie. Canadian Space Agency, NASA and ESA). Leading design verification activities
  • Writing proposals and white papers Providing technical support to business development activities, including customer briefings and conference presentations
  • Technical readiness and risk analysis assessments

Basic Qualification:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Applied Science
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant system design experience in a systems engineering lead or technical lead role 
  • Advanced degree in engineering or applied science A strong background in leading optical instrument design activities, including optical, mechanical and electrical engineering aspects
  • Familiar with space instrument design considerations and standards, including grounding, cleanliness, and material selection and the associated environmental conditions, including thermal, vibration, shock and radiation An understanding of optical design and test methods and familiarity with optical design software
  • A strong grasp of optical, mechanical, electrical and software elements and their interactions within complex systems
  • Experience using system level simulation tools, such as MATLAB
  • Experience using requirements management tools, such as DOORS The ability to manage technical teams with engineers, scientists, and technicians from multiple disciplines
  • Knowledge of the system development lifecycle Individuals that quickly analyze, incorporate and apply new information and concepts Individuals who are self-motivated and able to work with little supervision, who consistently take the initiative to get things done The ability to adapt as dictated by project changes

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