Senior Systems Engineer – Pressurized Lunar Rover

Position ID: ADV00080V

Posting Date: January 4, 2024

Location: Houston, TX

Are you passionate about human space exploration, understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a passionate and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you!

We need your talent, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire people all over the globe. We need you to bring creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will enable the exploration of space while benefiting people here on Earth. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on exciting challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Systems Engineer – Pressurized Lunar Rover to join our JETS II contract team at Johnson Space Center.


In this position you will work closely with Lead Systems Engineer and the Project Systems Engineering team as well as internal, external and international stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in systems engineering, system integration, risk management, and testing & verification.

Flexibility will be key as this positions roles and responsibilities could evolve as the project moves through various lifecycle phases. The pressurized lunar rover project is part of NASA’s Artemis campaign to return humans to the lunar surface.

  • Lead an interdisciplinary team through all phases of the Systems Engineering “V”
  • Develop recommendations and plans for application of systems engineering principles (such as NASA NPR 7123) to the pressurized lunar rover project
  • Coordinate technical activities to anticipate and prevent problems, optimize requirements, and design solutions
  • Coordination of development and management of interfaces as well as integrated analyses and margins
  • Identify technical risks, develop risk mitigation strategies, and determine resource requirements
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, define individual and team goals, set priorities & deadlines, identify key stakeholders, clearly communicate requirements and needs
  • Represent the team and stakeholder interests at various boards and with both domestic and international customers
  • Act as interface for the management of test schedules and test definitions that satisfy project and program goals and requirements​
  • Perform other duties as required
  • ​Experience in space flight systems engineering including the successful delivery of space flight hardware
  • Working knowledge of NASA, JSC, and ISS standard practices and requirements including safety, fault tolerance, and unique disciplines
  • Familiarity with NASA/JSC documentation databases and SharePoint sites as well as typical systems engineering products
  • Prior experience working with program-level review boards
  • ITAR/EAR requirements familiarity
  • Familiarity with systems engineering software tools and programs (Magic Draw, DOORS, or similar)
  • Ability to travel internationally​

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate’s experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.

  • Requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and may be expected to have a related master’s degree and normally possess 10-15 years of related experience
  • Minimum 10 years total experience with at least 5 years in systems engineering and integration roles
  • Experience with requirements development, design trades, risk analysis, and system analysis of space hardware
  • Five years’ of experience with certification of human spaceflight hardware
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Attention to detail and strong analytical skills
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Familiarity with industry standard software tools and programs SharePoint and Microsoft Office products

Mclaurin is a unique organization with a special focus on combining the best features of research and industry in order to foster innovation. Our organization strongly supports research, publication, and engagement with the academic community. We encourage our employees to remain on the cutting edge of new developments in their respective disciplines. Prospective candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, and if applicable, a list of relevant publications and research using the contact form below.

US Citizenship and the ability to pass a comprehensive security background investigation is required.

Mclaurin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.