Careers 2019-01-10T22:48:45+00:00

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2019 Summer Internship Program

Calling all Stellar undergraduate and graduate engineering students! We’re looking for driven, team players with excellent communication skills who are excited about hands-on experience with real engineering projects.

(Need to be at least in your junior year with a major in a  technical discipline)

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Open Positions

Senior Systems Engineer/Site Director

Sector: Civil
Location: Greenbelt, MD or Washington, DC metro area
Summary of Role: As part of an exciting and inspired team, we are seeking a self-motivated Senior Systems Engineer / Site Director who will be responsible for directing a team of dedicated engineers across a wide range of space projects based at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In addition to your leadership responsibilities, you’ll be a contributing engineer in end-to-end implementation of significant scientific programs that will be used in the exploration of our solar system.
Job Description: You’ll administratively report to the Vice President for Civil Programs and programmatically to the program systems engineer. Beyond day-to-day technical support, you look after our team in place and manage the development of customer relationships as well as the development of business opportunities in and around NASA Goddard.

Your efforts will include:

  • Being a member of the engineering team of a flight or ground systems engineering project performing systems engineering, integration, and/or test at or for NASA or NOAA.
  • Tasks focused on performing classical systems engineering functions, such as requirements development, verification & validation, test planning, systems engineering analyses, risk assessments, operations planning, as well as other technical disciplines
  • Interacting with other teams to develop and apply systems engineering policies, practices, requirements, plans and schedules and work will be done across a spectrum of disciplines on tasks with government and non-government agencies.
  • Managing, directing, and mentoring company staff in the execution of work assignments for federal government contracts. Assist with work leveling and sharing across different projects and client needs.
  • Assisting with strategic relationships for on-going satisfaction and with customers and business partners
  • Participate in pursuing new business activities with existing customers/partners and new clients that lead to new project opportunities for engineering services and strengthen our positions at NASA and/or NOAA.
  • Supporting occasional technical proposals and work with our internal team and/or teaming partners on proposal generation.
  • Ensuring the implementation and follow-up strategic goals in order to reach company objectives. Communicating up/down with the company leadership team and technical staff under your direction

One Year Deliverable: Participation in a new NASA/NOAA space program.

• Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related technical discipline; Master’s or PhD degree in similar disciplines preferred.
• Wide-ranging experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas: systems engineering, aerospace engineering, project systems engineering, or electrical engineering.
• Demonstrated experience supporting or leading engineers in the development, test, and/or operation of a complex spacecraft, flight system, project system or instrument payload.
• Extensive knowledge of industry and government practices and standards across a range of applications related to system engineering discipline, space mission operations, and NASA missions.
• Proven record of business and client development and/or lead generation.
• Excellent written and verbal communications with a high capacity to work in team-oriented and collaborative manner.
• Must be a self-motivated individual who can work independently and in a team environment.
• Requires occasional availability for domestic travel.
• Secret (and above) security clearance a plus

Strategic Communications Specialist

Sector: Civil
Location: Washington, DC
Summary of Role: As part of an exciting and fast-paced team, you will be responsible for supporting the development and execution of strategic communications programs that elevate the profile of NASA’s mission.
Job Description: Your efforts as an onsite support contractor will include:

  • Developing consistent Internal and external communications, including input to strategic communications plans and programs.
  • Supporting messaging and branding strategies that enable positive and effective relationships with the public.
  • Working closely with technical contributors and NASA communications personnel to review and edit program content and multimedia products for official release.
  • Developing key messages, and strategic communications for government executives, including presentations, diagrams and charts, interview talking points, and backup materials.
  • Coordinating communications and support for special programs, studies, and events.
  • Providing communications and management support for events, campaigns, meetings, and conferences for a broad range of participants, partners, and stakeholder groups.
  • Coordinating and executing social media activities for a program office/division within NASA, ensuring alignment with agency campaigns, programs, and communication priorities.
  • Producing stakeholder communications, white papers, fact sheets, infographics, newsletter articles, multimedia products, and web features–to include technical and creative writing, editing, and layout/design conducted independently or as part of a larger creative team.

One Year Deliverable: Development of multiple, compelling communications initiatives that demonstrate NASA’s compelling value proposition to the public.

• Degree required/Field of Study (i.e. MS in Aerospace Engineering); Bachelors in communications, public relations, or related area; Master’s preferred
• Excellent written and visual storytelling, with the ability to synthesize information into compelling communications using Microsoft Office and/or Adobe     Creative Suite, and web content management software.
• High capacity to work independently, in a team-oriented and collaborative manner, and as a customer-oriented service provider.
• Proven experience in working with a variety of customers and collaborators, including technical managers, senior-level executives, and varied communications or marketing teams.
• Strong capability in juggling different projects/priorities independently and delivering high quality outcomes under deadlines.

Senior Billing Specialist (AR)

Sector: Business Operations
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Summary of Role: The Senior Billing Specialist (AR) position will be an integral part of the Finance Team and will have high visibility with revenue, billing, and cash management functions.
Job Description: This role consists of managing and handling entire process for all customer billings (time and expense, project based) accurately and timely according to contracts (including debit and credit memos).
•  Review and approve GL postings of all items billed to customer
•  Assist with reconciling cash receipts and apply to corresponding invoices
•  Prepare monthly AR reports (aging, cash cycle, unbilled, metrics, and analytics)
•  Direct participation in the AR collections process (e.g. working with Contracts Team and customers to resolve outstanding balances, reduce and maintain DSO, document issues)
•  Assist Contracts Team with contracts maintenance in ERP system
•  Work closely with customers, VPs, vendors, and staff in ensuring best business practices
•  Direct participation in time sheet approvals, corrections, and process of collecting time files and uploading to the accounting system
•  Prepare comprehensive documentation of procedures & processes
•  Direct participation in team cross training initiatives
•  Train team members in learning aspects of AR functions
•  Assist with expense reports approval processing and ensure compliance
•  Be a resource with training employees on using time and expense report system
•  Be involved in financial system upgrades (time & expense, accounting ERP)
•  Under the guidance of the CFO and Controller, assist in various ad hoc projects. These projects may include (not limited to) preparing various schedules (accounting, financial, utilization, audit, etc.), developing cost and project based accounting system, implementing US Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), creating financial scorecards with key performance indicators, and process automation
•  Bachelors in Business or Economics.  (Accounting, Finance, Business Analytics desirable)
•  Minimum of four years of finance/accounting related work
•  Experience with Government billing and accounting standards (CAS, FAR) a plus
•  Highly motivated to learn, grow, and develop key skill sets in accounting and finance
•  Flexible and enjoys being with a company in a tech environment that thrives in cutting edge science that is constantly changing
•  Strong communications and able to present work product effectively
•  Proficient in excel, data analysis, ERP, information systems, and enjoys continuous training in tech applications
•  Committed in expressing ideas, questioning processes, and finding ways to improve servicing our clients
•  Develop cross training opportunities and appreciates the importance of team progress
•  Works independently in delivering accurate and strategic information at the most detailed level effectively and efficiently
•  Solutions driven person who excels at managing projects and deliverables

Lead Systems Engineer

Sector: Commercial Sector
Location: Denver, CO
Summary of Role: Seeking a Lead Systems Engineer to lead the overall system engineering effort, working with a fast paced and very agile startup in Denver, as part of a very small team, in a fast-paced design/ test/ fly cycle.
Job Description: In this role, you will be responsible for requirement definition and flow down, trade studies on payload accommodation and mission optimization, system V&V and test planning, coordination of efforts between subsystem interests, and mission planning.  You will also wear numerous hats – design and analysis, trade studies, test planning, hands on AIT working with the technicians, and working with other new entrants to manage external procurement.  This is a terrific opportunity to engage with a young up-and-coming company. 
• 5+ years of experience in space Systems Engineering
• LEO satellite systems experience and knowledge
• BS in Engineering or related discipline

Lead Systems Engineer (EPS)

Sector: Commercial Sector
Location: Denver, CO
Summary of Role: Seeking a Lead Electrical Power System (EPS) Engineer to lead the design, analysis, and integration & testing of the electrical power system for on-going and future spacecraft.
Job Description: In this role, you will wear numerous hats – design and analysis, trade studies, test planning, hands on AIT working with the technicians, and working with other new entrants to manage external procurement.  Responsibilities also include working with and managing subcontracts and procurement of EPS hardware from external hardware vendors and managing internal hardware builds.   This is a terrific opportunity to engage with a young up-and-coming company.
•  Overall spacecraft power system architectures and design experience
•  Experience in defining grounding architectures and approaches
•  Expertise in Power budgeting and power system analysis and simulation
•  Power system hardware design expertise
•  Spacecraft battery design and battery sizing
•  Spacecraft solar array design and solar array sizing and associated analysis
•  EPS system-level and spacecraft-level integration & testing (I&T)
•  Fault detection, isolation and response (FDIR) design and implementation
•  LEO satellite systems experience and knowledge preferred
•  3-10 years experience in power systems engineering
•  BS in Engineering or related discipline

Lead Systems Engineer (CDH)

Sector: Commercial Sector
Location: Denver, CO
Summary of Role: Seeking a Lead Control and Data Handling (CDH) Engineer to lead the design, analysis, AIT of the flight computer and interfaces for command processing, command routing and distribution; telemetry gathering, formatting and storage; mission data collection, formatting and storage; and different types of digital data buses and analog interfaces.
Job Description: In this role, you will wear numerous hats – design and analysis, trade studies, test planning, hands on AIT working with the technicians, and working with other new entrants to manage external procurement.  Responsibilities also include working with and managing subcontracts and procurement of CDH hardware from external hardware vendors and managing internal hardware builds.  This is a terrific opportunity to engage with a young up-and-coming company.
•  3-10 years of experience
•  Overall CDH system architectures and design
•  Data-bus architectures (Spacewire, Ethernet, RS-422 and 485, etc)
•  CDH system and flight computer hardware design
•  CCSDS protocols and data formatting
•  Spacecraft encryption architectures and encryption algorithms
•  CDH system-level and spacecraft-level integration & testing (I&T)
•  LEO satellite systems experience and knowledge preferred
•  3-10 years experience isystems engineering
•  BS in Engineering or related discipline

Lead Systems Engineer (ACS/GNC)

Sector: Commercial Sector
Location: Denver, CO
Summary of Role: Seeking a Lead Altitude Control System (ACS) and Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) Engineer to lead the design, analysis, and integration & testing of the attitude control system for on-going and future spacecraft.
Job Description:  In this role, you will wear numerous hats – design and analysis, trade studies, test planning, hands on AIT working with the technicians, and working with other new entrants to manage external procurements.  This is a terrific opportunity to engage with a young up-and-coming company.
•  3-10 years of experience
•  Overall attitude control system architectures and design
•  ACS algorithm development and simulation
•  Attitude pointing and knowledge budgeting/estimation
•  ACS system hardware design
•  ACS system-level and spacecraft-level integration & testing (I&T)
•  Fault detection, isolation and response (FDIR) design and implementation
•  LEO satellite systems experience and knowledge
•  3-10 years of experience in control systems engineering
•  BS in Engineering or related discipline

Senior Systems Engineer

Sector: Commercial Sector
Location: Melbourne, FL
Summary of Role: Seeking an innovative and energetic, Senior Systems Engineer to work with startup organization in developing new lines of business/ new markets with new commercial and government customers.
Job Description:  Senior Systems Engineer role requires ability to distill requirements (back out requirements) from existing product line, define (back out) interfaces, and present capability in manner that will be understood by both commercial and government target customers.  Some eventual support of proposal work related to this initial task.
•  BS / MS/ PhD Aero or controls or any engineering discipline – hands on System Engineering experience is key
•  Strong System Engineer with cross sector experience, proposal experience, commercial sector programs experience
•  Government programs experience as Systems Engineer – ideally front end/requirements
•  System requirements definition experience; small (ish) satellites experience – LEO (low earth orbit) systems
•  French language skills a plus
•  Ability to travel extensively for first 3 months, and then locate to Florida afterwards

Dynamics and Controls Analyst

Sector: Commercial Sector
Location: Northern CA
Summary of Role: Seeking an innovative and energetic, experienced Controls Analyst to work on the crucial analysis for developing one-of-a-kind capability for unique space mission applications.
Job Description:  Experienced controls analyst; in this role, you will perform Dynamics and Controls analysis and design of attitude control modes.  Experience in Earth Observation or Remote Proximity Operations missions is a big plus.
•  BS / MS/ PhD Aero or controls or related field with controls analysis for satellite experience
•  Skilled in modeling and developing simulations for dynamics and control systems
•  Experienced with control systems requirements analysis and with solving critical dynamics and controls issues
•  Experience with Controls Analysis
•  Satellite Systems analysis and design
•  Signal processing and/or Non-linear Control Systems

(OSO) Enterprise Integrator

Sector: Intel Sector
Location: Chantilly or Springfield, VA
Summary of Role: The Office of Strategic Operations (OSO) Enterprise Integrator will be in direct support of the OSO Strategy Division (OSO-S). Ideal candidate for this position must have a strong ability to strategically plan and execute the director’s GEOINT Functional Management mission and his vision and associated strategic initiatives for the NGA’s in the out years.
Job Description: Ideal candidate should have wide experience with NGA’s systems and processes, and a data engineering background, with the ability to interpret metrics and translate these metrics into requirements. Additionally, a strong understanding of the NGA Program Build process is a plus.

In this role, you will lead NGA’s deliberate strategic planning process which starts with GEOINT Functional Management and NGA mission, developing D/NGA’s Strategic Program Brief, GEOINT 202x CONOPS, and a Strategic Implementation Plan, as the basis for NGA’s Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution planning process and POM build.  You will ensure logical and systematic conversion of mission needs, joint topical or product requirements into total systems solutions through enterprise transition to operations, acknowledging cost, schedule, and technical constraints.

Plan and perform full SE&I life cycle technical design, CONOPS development, implementation planning, integration, cost, schedule, technical performance, opportunity/risk, and supportability/mission effectiveness analyses spanning all levels of NSG/ASG enterprise.

Apply appropriate project management model selected for capability implementation efforts and perform end-to-end project analysis, to ensure capabilities being implemented comply with NSG/ASG enterprise technical architecture and support NSG/ASG enterprise control gates.

Spearhead OSO strategic initiatives (e.g., Modeling the World) and the CAVE data-driven decision-making platform.
• Active TS/SCI
• B.S. in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Math, Physics or related scientific or technical discipline or equivalent experience
• 16+ years’ experience in directly related field, with 10+ years GEOINT/geospatial, experience and 10+ years recent agency-specific experience
• Knowledge and experience executing DoD/IC deliberate strategic planning process, as the basis for the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process, SYDP and POM build
• 5+ years recent ISR TCPED (Tasking, Collection, Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination) SE&I experience
• Experience using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative technical solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems (conducting studies and analyses, authoring white papers)
• Demonstrated ability/experience identifying/solving problems reviewing related information to develop/evaluate options and implement solutions with minimal supervision / direction
• Strong interpersonal, problem solving, organizational, multi-tasking, load-balancing skills
• Excellent written, verbal, presentation skills (to technical and non-technical audiences, at all seniority levels)
• Technical project engineering project leadership skills/experience; systems analysis experience

Desired Skills:
• Relevant certifications: Strategic Planning; DAWIA PM or PMI/PMP; SE&I (INCOSE xSEP); IT (ITIL); SAFe (Agilist)
• Knowledge of NGA Strategic Initiatives (AAA, AAABI, SOM, OBP, GEOINT Broker, The Globe, etc.) and IPO’s
• Knowledge/experience with all source all domain (space, air, sea, land)
• Experience working with mission partners complying with export control/ITAR requirements

Product Assurance/Quality Engineer

Sector: Commercial Sector
Location: Southern CA
Summary of Role: Seeking a talented ‘hands on” Product Assurance / Quality Engineer to support various aerospace satellite programs.  Must have experience in the Space Industry.
Job Description:  This is an ‘as needed’ position; may be called upon to perform a 4 to 8 hour day’s work once or twice a month depending on need from customer.  Expected to be flexible with availability with 5 to 7-day notice.  Majority of work entails visiting suppliers’ facility, typically in California, to inspect hardware and appropriate production paperwork
• Experience performing hardware inspections of high reliability satellite components
• Experience with sophisticated electromechanical devices, microwave and RF components a plus
• Knowledge addressing non- conformances, and corrective actions
• Understanding of pre-ship reviews
• Emphasis on hands-on inspection of electrical and mechanical components, including PCB/PWBs, TWTs, solar array drives, and propulsion components

Dynamics Analyst

Sector: Civil
Location: Pasadena, CA
Summary of Role: Seeking a talented Senior Dynamics Environments engineer to work on complex space instrument –responsible for acoustic, random vibration and mechanical shock analysis, test requirements, and testing.
Job Description: In this role, you will determine acoustic, random vibration and mechanical shock environments specify design and test requirements, develop test plans, conduct, oversee or monitor random vibration, acoustic and mechanical shock testing and evaluate results for various hardware items at various levels of assembly.   You will use your expertise to provide dynamics engineering knowledge to projects, including trades, verification approaches and collaborative resolution of design and test issues. Collaborate with team members to verify compliance with requirements and customer expectations.
• Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Acoustics or related technical discipline with 10 years of related dynamics environments experience; or
• Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with 4 years related experience
• Related experience should have an emphasis in engineering documentation for completeness, clarity, and dimensional accuracy
• Knowledge and experience in vibro-acoustic and mechanical shock environment prediction, environments definition and testing (acoustic noise, random vibration and shock) is required
• Expertise in boundary element vibro-acoustic analysis, finite element random analysis, as well as data acquisition and a wide application of random data spectral and time series processing is essential

Must be a U.S. Citizen and is required to possess and maintain a Top Secret (TS) security clearance based upon Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) within 5-year scope and be able to be approved for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access.

Systems Engineer

Sector: Civil
Location: El Segundo, CA
Summary of Role: Seeking talented Systems Engineer to work on complex space instrument – role offers a great opportunity to learn about multi-discipline engineering.
Job Description: Provide systems engineering support as part of the systems engineering team for a complex instrument; responsible for the coordination and monitoring of the evolution of system and subsystem level requirements, the evolution of interfaces between subsystems, the early cross-subsystem deliverables and contributing to the detailed planning of system and subsystem verification.   You will also contribute to the detailed planning of system integration and commissioning.
Development is already under way on the project and many processes, procedures, and tools are in place already to get underway quickly.
•  BS in engineering (e.g., Aerospace, Systems, Electrical, Mechanical, Optical)
•  General understanding of traditional Systems Engineering fundamentals (including the requirements, verification, and validation processes; interface management integration plan development; functional/physical architectural definition and decomposition; and behavioral definition)
•  Four or more years of professional experience working as a Systems Engineer
•  Experience working on instruments (especially for space) or other similarly complex systems
•  TS/SCI Security Clearance

Radar Production Engineers

Sector: Defense
Location: Dayton, OH on Wright Patterson AFB
Summary of Role: Stellar Solutions is a teammate on the ATEP II contract providing support to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) providing tool development and production of intelligence products for the Intelligence Community and warfighters.
Job Description: Support ATEP II contract for NASIC in the development of tools and analysis and evaluation of radar information.
Your deliverable: Provide product deliverables in conjunction with the defined project schedules.
• B.S. in engineering, IT or related technical field; advanced degree welcome
• Direct experience in the field of radar engineering, analysis and integration of products with other intelligence sources.
• Current TS/SCI

Senior Level Acquisition Expert

Sector: Defense
Location: Los Angeles AFB
Summary of Role: Will serve as a resource to GPS program office and their external interfaces in reviewing and advocating acquisition approaches for future capabilities.
Job Description: Evaluate program milestones and acquisition approaches and provide guidance to all levels from action offer to PEO and support to external advocacy as well.
Your deliverable: Acquisition recommendations and reviews consistent with program milestones for spacecraft, ground systems and user equipment.
• Master’s degree in engineering or equivalent
• Certified Defense Acquisition University Program Manager (attended DAU 400 course)
• Generally retired O-6
• Depth of understanding of DoD-5000 or other defense-focused development efforts
• TS/SCI level clearance

Cyber Systems Engineer

Sector: Defense
Location: El Segundo, CA
Summary of Role: The position provides a unique opportunity to begin a program and effect the design and architecture from the start.
Job Description: Provide systems engineering support to the initial phases of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program providing cyber requirements and overall cyber assessment of the various program elements and associated architecture.
Your deliverable: Requirements flow-down and cyber risk assessment to support near term design milestones.
• Development experience in standing up a new program effort
• M.S. or equivalent experience in a cyber related area
• Previous experience executing a cyber assessment
• Minimum of a DoD Secret clearance and preferably TS/SCI

Mechanical Engineer

Sector: Government Programs
Location: Springfield, VA
Summary of Role: Individual will be working with a small team of engineers and technicians designing and producing solutions solving critical national security problems in a very fast paced environment.
Job Description: Successful applicant will have excellent theoretical and practical knowledge of engineering design. The applicant will work with other experienced engineers to take innovative engineering solutions from conceptualization through prototype development. The applicant will be involved in all aspects of product development including conceptualization, design, analysis, supplier development, and prototype production and testing in a cross-functional team environment. Responsibilities will include product design, engineering analysis, production drawings, and fabrication of prototype hardware.
• Minimum of 2 – 4 years of technical experience in the field of Mechanical Engineering
• Candidate must possess an active TS/SCI security clearance
• Experience with a solid modeling CAD program, preferably Solidworks
• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, Project, and PowerPoint)
• Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to prepare written training documentation
• Ability to work effectively in a team environment
Desired Skills:
• Experience with machine design, robotics, and automation
• Hands-on experience, such as machining or mechanical assembly
• Experience with mainstream finite element analysis tools as well as knowledge of finite element analysis theory
• Experience designing for and using additive manufacturing
• Experience with Android and/or iOS mobile app development
Required Education:
• Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering (Masters preferred)
Your 1-year deliverable:  Concept, design, fabrication, testing and working prototypes
U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Top Secret Security Clearance as of day one of employment (government contract).