R&D Systems Engineer III

Tucson, AZ
Apr 14, 2021
Administrative Jobs
Technology, Analysts & Programming
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Steward Observatory

Department Website Link:



Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The department of Steward Observatory seeks to fill a full time position of R&D Systems Engineer III. The successful candidate will work within teams proposing, developing, and executing space and ground-based missions at the UA. These tasks will include proposal writing and definition tasks, systems definitions and requirements, requirements traceability and verification, producing project workflows and schedules. The position will also actively participate in the projects mechanical design and analysis tasks. The individual will work within the SO Engineering and Technical Services Group.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Utilizes professional engineering knowledge to analyze, develop and review processes and production requirements. Analyzes and supports development, manufacture, modification, installation, and/or testing of mechanical design and testing of components, equipment, and systems and the application of equipment and systems to new uses.
  • Creates test plans and procedures from design through production and transfer. Assesses compliance with requirements and establishes discrepancies, impacts and mitigations, and authors waiver requests as required.
  • Manages configuration management system. Controls posting of drawings, documents, design products during review and sign-off. Creates and/or updates all documentation for design and change instruments. Serves as the lead Systems Engineer for SO projects.
  • Works effectively with the PI, project management, science and engineering teams, and customer to analyze user requirements, user stories, and operations concepts.
  • Performs high-level requirement assessments and facilitates the detailed assessments performed by the technical organizations.
  • Leads systems architecture design and integration efforts and provides direction to other science and engineering teams.
  • Communicates inward to the organization and outward to customer (NASA) contacts.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities

  • Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills involving evaluation and interpretation.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, especially with management and leadership of other university and external organizations.
  • Strong initiative and the ability to develop new approaches, methods or techniques requiring significant innovation and creativity.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requiresa BS in Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, MechanicalEngineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or similar degree.
  • Fiveyears experience performing Systems Engineering functions.
  • Experience working independently with minimal supervision and professionally represent the program.
  • CAD experience, reading and understanding mechanical drawings and designs.
  • Experience working effectively in a team setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Masters degree in science or engineering.
•Experience with NASA, DoD, or DoE system design process and requirements management.
•Experience with project leadership and providing direction to other scientists and engineers.
•Demonstrated experience across various areas of the systems engineering lifecycle including requirement analysis, design, and documentation.
•Experience with data center architectures.
•Experience with agile practices.
•Experience with basic scientific computing, e.g. Matlab or scientific Python, LaTeX.
•Experience with SolidWorks.
•Experience working within Integrated Product Teams (IPTs).



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Research Engineering

Job Function:


Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:


Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Susan Warner
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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