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Systems Engineer - UAS Traffic Management (Part-Time)
Title:Systems Engineer - UAS Traffic Management (Part-Time)
Department:Information Technology
City:Mountain View
Work Location: NASA Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
Minimum Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
Clearance: US Government


You will work on site at NASA Ames Research Center, in the Aviation Systems Division’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) team. UTM has been under development for 3+ years and is one of the most publicly visible R&D projects at NASA Ames Research Center. The UTM project addresses air traffic management for small UAS flying below 400 ft above ground level. A major goal of this prototype project is to provide a safe flight environment for small UAS by allowing only those flight plans that do not pose a hazard to other, existing UAS flight plans in this airspace. The UTM project has numerous collaborators from government agencies, vendors of UAS and UAS-based services, and universities pursuing related research. UTM technology transfer is underway to the FAA.

On this project you will work directly with NASA and contractor researchers and developers to provide technical communications and support for NASA’s collaborations with the FAA, NASA partners, and other organizations in the UTM ecosphere. This work will include reviewing test plans, performing data analysis, as well as supporting submission, management and publication of research papers documenting UTM R&D. 

Education:  BS in Computer Science or Related Field (MS Preferred)
Year(s) of Experience: 2 - 4 years
Required Skills and Traits
(Skills to include software, hardware, technical, scientific, research, operations, and administrative):
  • Organizational & planning ability
  • Must be detail-oriented and able to organize information on Confluence and track actions on Confluence and Jira
  • Technical writing
  • Understanding of academic publishing process
  • Technical skills & experience
    • Excellent verbal communications skills - ability to communicate with stakeholders (UTM test sites and partners) about technical and process questions regarding UTM ConOps
    • Ability to review & evaluate test plans
    • Coding experience using Matlab and MySQL.
    • Ability to process, synthesize, and plot data.
    • Ability to work independently, identify and communicate with experts in various areas of UTM development.
    • Ability to assist organizing and running meetings using Webex.
Other Desired Skills
(Skills other than those required to meet the minimum requirements for the job)
  • Knowledge/experience with UTM
  • Some familiarity and experience with UAS, such as holding a Part 107 Remote Pilot License and having flown rotorcraft UAS (however, in this position you will not be piloting UAS
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