Nanoracks Hiring in Houston
Position:Systems Engineer
Reports To:Director of Systems Engineering, Integration, and Test
Location:Webster, TX
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About Nanoracks

Nanoracks is a cutting-edge aerospace company focusing on providing commercial access to space, currently on the International Space Station (ISS), suborbital vehicles, expendable launch vehicles, and more! We have sent over 1,000 payloads to the Space Station, kickstarted the CubeSat deployment revolution, and have customers in over 30 nations.

Since 2009, Nanoracks has created and expanded new in-space markets and has been the world leader for ushering in a new era of in-space services. Currently, Nanoracks is working to build commercial space stations (“Outposts”) from the spent upper stages of launch vehicles in orbit. This technology will enable spent upper stages to be used as crewed and un-crewed space stations for various purposes and customers—both civil and commercial.

Nanoracks will provide and facilitate an ecosystem of interoperable technologies and distributed free flying space stations. You can read our approach here.

We hope you’ll apply to join our team. We work with leaders from all over the world, including NASA, universities and government centers both foreign and domestic, and commercial companies. We’re fast, fun, passionate, and love sending things to space.

What We're Looking For

Smart, talented, critical thinkers with an ability to handle responsibility in a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. You will own your projects and be results oriented. NanoRacks is a small company (70+ awesome people), but we interface with much larger organizations from around the world.  You will need to be able to work in small and large groups as well as simultaneously execute an entire project on time.

Systems Engineer


Performs systems engineering processes across entire space system lifecycles by leading an integrated multidisciplinary team through concept development and selection, requirements definition, system architecture definition, analysis, integration, verification, and validation leading to mission operations and system disposal. Supports development and continual refinement of organization systems engineering processes. Leading milestone reviews and presenting to internal and external stakeholders is expected.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Manage and maintain stakeholder needs and transform the integrated set of needs to design input requirements with a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experienced in identifying interfaces requirements and control of interactions across system and subsystem boundaries.
  • Ability to lead the technical team in the development of verification and validation plans and test execution.
  • Ability to develop and review integrated system architecture utilizing trade studies to enable system design decision making.
  • Awareness of the systems engineering processes to transition the system and operate the system in the operational and support environment.
  • Experience with utilizing digital requirement management tools to define, trace and integrate system requirements across system lifecycles and variant systems and product lines.
  • Experience with system modeling and analysis to support technical understanding and decision making.
  • Ability to understand external and internal systems as it relates to the project.
  • Facilitate across various stakeholders to achieve integration of both technical and program objectives.
  • Ability to monitor and control processes to ensure coordination of design changes and associated impacts across subsystems.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic team while maintaining communication the project leadership of project status.
  • Capability to manage risk/opportunity across the programs/projects.



Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or other relevant fields.
  • 7+ years Systems Engineering experience; Must have a minimum of 5 years in space systems.
  • Proven track record managing multiple projects.
  • Must communicate well and work with the various teams internally and externally.
  • Ability to prepare written technical documents and to verbally present at various meetings.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Jama Connect or similar digital requirements management tools.
  • Knowledge of Model Based Systems Engineering methods and experience system modeling and simulation using Cameo/MagicDraw/Catia Magic or other SysML tools.
  • Experience with managing aerospace system lifecycle development including multiple product lines and system variants.
  • Experience with operating integrated space flight and ground systems.
  • INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional certification and/or Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering.


EEO Statement:

It is our policy to select, place, train and promote the most qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude and experience so as to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and without regard to non-work related factors such as race, color, religion/creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran stats, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, genetic information, or other protected status. When applicable, our policy of non-discrimination applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, placement, lay-off, compensation, termination, reduction in force and benefits.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general content and requirements for performance of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities, and requirements. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter the scope of work within the framework of this job description at any time without prior notice.


Competitive with local and industry standard.

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