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TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) Science Operations Center Manager
  • Job Number: 16951
  • Functional Area: Research - Scientific
  • Department: Kavli Inst for Astrophysics & Space Rsrch
  • School Area: Science
  • Employment Type: Full-Time
  • Employment Category: Exempt
  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No
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TESS (TRANSITING EXOPLANET SURVEY SATELLITE) SCIENCE OPERATIONS CENTER (SOC) MANAGER, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, to manage the overall operations and continued development of the SOC for TESS, a NASA Astrophysics Explorer satellite launched in April 2018. The primary goal of the TESS mission is to identify extrasolar planets orbiting the nearest, brightest stars. Will oversee the planning, scheduling, monitoring, and reporting on activities of TESS SOC engineers and scientists at MKI, and manage SOC subcontractors and partners to ensure that the SOC is fully functional and operational in accordance with the mission schedule; and work with the principal investigator on effective staffing, financial monitoring, operation and maintenance of the SOC. 

MKI is the PI institution for the TESS mission. Goddard Space Flight Center manages the TESS mission on behalf of NASA. Northrup Grumman Innovation Systems (formally Orbital ATK) operates the spacecraft through its Mission Operations Center (MOC). NASA’s Ames Research Center provides additional data processing support for the TESS SOC.  The TESS SOC responsibilities include choosing scientific targets and instrument pointing directions, monitoring the health and safety of the TESS instrument, validating scientific data received from the observatory, managing ground pipeline processing, and ensuring that science data are archived properly. The orbit lifetime for TESS is expected to be more than a decade. As a baseline, TESS will conduct a two-year science mission until mid-2021, but mission operations could be extended at least until late 2022.  

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: bachelor’s or higher degree in astronomy, physics, software engineering or related field; and at least four years’ experience managing scientific software development projects. Experience with NASA ground data processing systems and financial management tools a plus.  Job #16951


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