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Applied Scientist, Kuiper Constellation Management

Job ID: 1785653 | Amazon.com Services LLC

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Job summary
As an Applied Scientist on the team you will responsible for building out and maintaining the algorithms and software services behind one of the world’s largest satellite constellations. You will be responsible for developing algorithms and applications that provide mission critical information derived from past and predicted satellite orbits to other systems and organizations rapidly, reliably, and at scale.

You will be focused on contributing to the design and analysis of software systems responsible across a broad range of areas required for automated management of the Kuiper constellation. You will apply knowledge of mathematical modeling, optimization algorithms, astrodynamics, state estimation, space systems, and software engineering across a wide variety of problems to enable space operations at an unprecedented scale. You will develop features for systems to interface with internal and external teams, predict and plan communication opportunities, manage satellite orbits determination and prediction systems, develop analysis and infrastructure to monitor and support systems performance. Your work will interface with various subsystems within Project Kuiper and Amazon, as well as with external organizations, to enable engineers to safely and efficiently manage the satellite constellation.

The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, strong organizational skills, able to work independently, juggle multiple tasks at once, and maintain professionalism under pressure. You should have proven knowledge of mathematical modeling and optimization along with strong software engineering skills. You should be able to independently understand customer requirements, and use data-driven approaches to identify possible solutions, select the best approach, and deliver high-quality applications.

Export Control Requirement:
Due to applicable export control laws and regulations, candidates must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

About the team
The Constellation Management & Space Safety team maintains build the software services responsible for maintaining situational awareness for Kuiper satellites and coordinating with internal and external organizations to maintain the nominal operational state. We build automated systems that use satellite telemetry and other related data to predict future orbits, plan maneuvers to avoid high risk conjunctions, and keep satellites in the desired locations. Using knowledge of software engineering and space systems, we provide visibility information that is used to predict and establish communication channels for Kuiper satellites.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

* Master’s degree in aerospace, electrical, computer science, or equivalent engineering field, OR equivalent work experience
* 2+ years of experience in delivering software in a production environment
* 2+ years develop software systems in Java, C++, Rust, Go or Python, or another object-oriented programming language

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

* Familiarity with astrodynamics and satellite guidance, navigation, and control
* Knowledge of at least one mathematical optimization field such as convex optimization, integer programming, or dynamic programming
* Familiarity of state estimation techniques such as Kalman Filtering or Least-Squares Estimation
* Strong communications skills, ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, and enjoyment of learning and teaching new skills* Experience with astrodynamics and satellite guidance, navigation, and control
* Knowledge of at least one mathematical optimization field such as convex optimization, integer programming, or dynamic programming
* Familiarity of state estimation techniques such as Kalman Filtering or Least-Squares Estimation
* Strong communications skills, ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, and enjoyment of learning and teaching new skills* Experience with cloud services and cloud native software development
* History of delivering and operating software in a production environment
* Experience developing for and working with satellite or space systems


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