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KBR Operations Specialist in Mountain View, California


Operations Specialist

KBR is looking for an Operations Specialist to support mission/system integration and operations functions associated with International Space Station (ISS) life sciences payloads including Cell Science missions utilizing Bioculture System hardware, the Modal Propellant Gauging project, and/or other missions as assigned. As Ops Specialist, the incumbent will work as a member of a team of scientists and engineers who are focused on preparing for and implementing experiments that NASA has selected for flight. Work will include completing mission planning functions, developing operations procedures and on-orbit planning products, coordinating crew training requirements and products, ensuring science needs are properly addressed during ops, supporting real-time on-orbit ops, assisting with verification closure, assisting with planning of post-flight recovery, and documenting mission results/lessons learned.

The Ops Specialist works closely with the NASA project managers, scientists, engineers, and other operations specialists to enable and ensure success of life sciences research aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Strong communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills are key for success in the Operations Lead role.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop mission-specific feasibility assessments and ops products, including requirements for the Interface Definitions and Requirements Document (IDRD), timeline, ops flow, crew time, manifest request loaders, upmass requirements, cold stowage requirements, crew time assessments, crew procedures, mission documents, reference material, flight rules, and ground rules/constraints. Interface heavily with mission planners at Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Marshall Space-Flight Center (MSFC) to communicate payload requirements and ensure all necessary resources are available to conduct successful mission.

  • Support safety data package development, including Payload Safety Review Panel (PSRP) meetings.

  • Manage related mission preparation and fulfillment of workload associated with external parties such as the Payload Integration Manager (PIM), Research Integration Manager (RIM), National Labs representatives, Principal Investigator teams, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), JSC, and MSFC personnel.

  • Support project milestone reviews (Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, Flight Readiness Review, etc.).

  • Develop and maintain the Operations task schedule and work with the PIM to integrate the applicable PIM schedule items into the project Integrated Master Schedule (IMS).

  • Identify operations risks and serve as a key member of the project’s Risk Control Board; develop mitigation plans, assign actions, and track progress of risk mitigations.

  • Manage the turnover processes for all payload turnover events; produce and present integration data packages as needed to the receiver of the payload items at JSC and KSC; sign off on all payload turnover documents at the time of turnover.

  • Develop, prepare and furnish crew procedures, crew training materials as needed, including On-Board Training (OBT) videos.

  • Serve as primary voice of the project on the radio loops to the MSFC Payload Operations and Integration Center cadre during real-time on-orbit operations from the Ames Multi-Mission Operations Center (MMOC) or other designated ground communication facilities; delegtate voice authority to other Project Stations.

  • Travel as necessary to support Payload Operations and Integration Working Group meetings and/or other meetings as assigned.

Required Education/Experience:

Bachelor's in Engineering or Science and 3+ years’ experience.

Required Skills/Training:

  • Excellent organization and time management skills

  • Detail-oriented technical mindset

  • Ability to confidently guide the work of ISS mission flight crew

  • Willing to travel

  • Willing to occasionally work nights and weekends

  • Basic computer skills, e.g. MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or their equivalents

Desired Education, Experience, Skills or Training:

Past experience with space-borne payload-based scientific research, Space Shuttle operations, ISS operations, and/or NASA bioscience research is highly desirable. Knowledge of NASA Systems Engineering practices.

Scheduled Weekly Hours:


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