Lead Astrodynamics Engineer - Flight Dynamics Products (Exton, PA)

Exton, PA

Requisition #: 13866

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Ansys Government Initiatives (AGI) is seeking an experienced, top-performing Lead Astrodynamics Engineer to lead the design and development of its Orbit Determination Tool Kit (ODTK) product. ODTK provides highly accurate orbit estimates from processing real or simulated tracking data and is used throughout the engineering life cycle, from mission design through operations. In this role, the Lead Astrodynamics Engineer will work hand-in-hand with the leader of our other Flight Dynamics Product, Systems Took Kit (STK) Astrogator. STK Astrogator is used to develop, refine, and validate high-fidelity trajectory designs, and to compute updates to planned maneuvers during operations in response to observed flight performance. In this role, the Lead Astrodynamics Engineer will use his/her expertise to develop strategic plans, refine requirements, and implement software solutions to achieve development objectives and to serve as an astrodynamics subject matter expert for the organization.

This position is not eligible for immigration sponsorship.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conducts extensive astrodynamics domain research and analysis in support of software development efforts
  • Acts as a technical reference across groups or products
  • Works directly within the software to investigate and improve software capabilities
  • Works with customers or proxies to assess needs and develop solutions
  • Develops and employs best practices and maintains them through technical reviews and mentoring
  • Researches and understands the marketing requirements for products, including target environment, performance criteria and competitive issues
  • Produces and delivers technical presentations for industry conferences and internal training
  • Operates without direct supervision and functions as an organizational leader
  • May be responsible for line management of a small technical team, but primary duties are of an individual technical nature

Minimum Education & Experience

  • MS in Aerospace (Astro) Engineering or related field, plus 6 years’ aerospace domain experience, or a PhD and 4 years of relevant academic or industry experience
  • Familiarity with software development and coding practices
  • Ability to develop expertise in commercial aerospace software development
  • A track record of delivering state-of-the-art results on complex problems

Preferred Qualifications & Skills

  • Fluency with software development and coding practices, in particular C++, C#, etc.
  • Excellent knowledge in one or more of the following domain areas:
  • Low-thrust trajectory optimization
  • General trajectory optimization
  • Optimal control
  • Attitude control & determination
  • Orbit determination
  • Strong mathematical background, including partial derivatives, coordinate systems, transformations, and estimation theory (batch least squares and extended Kalman filters)
  • Operational experience in orbit determination and/or spacecraft trajectory design
  • Proven research skills within the astrodynamics community
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to drive success across teams and geographies, and to mentor others

At Ansys, we know that changing the world takes vision, skill, and each other. We fuel new ideas, build relationships, and help each other realize our greatest potential in the knowledge that every day is an opportunity to observe, teach, inspire, and be inspired. Together as One Ansys, we are powering innovation that drives human advancement.

Our Commitments:

  • Amaze with innovative products and solutions
  • Make our customers incredibly successful
  • Act with integrity
  • Ensure employees thrive and shareholders prosper

Our Values:

  • Adaptability: Be open, welcome what’s next
  • Courage: Be courageous, move forward passionately
  • Generosity: Be generous, share, listen, serve
  • Authenticity: Be you, make us stronger

Our Actions:

  • We commit to audacious goals
  • We work seamlessly as a team
  • We demonstrate mastery
  • We deliver outstanding results


We believe diverse thinking leads to better outcomes. We are committed to creating and nurturing a workplace that fuels this by welcoming people, no matter their background, identity, or experience, to a workplace where they are valued and where diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging thrive.


At Ansys, you will find yourself among the sharpest minds and most visionary leaders across the globe. Collectively we strive to change the world with innovative technology and transformational solutions. With a prestigious reputation in working with well-known, world-class companies, standards at Ansys are high – met by those willing to rise to the occasion and meet those challenges head on. Our team is passionate about pushing the limits of world-class simulation technology, empowering our customers to turn their design concepts into successful, innovative products faster and at a lower cost.

At Ansys, it’s about the learning, the discovery, and the collaboration. It’s about the “what’s next” as much as the “mission accomplished.” And it’s about the melding of disciplined intellect with strategic direction and results that have, can, and do impact real people in real ways. All this is forged within a working environment built on respect, autonomy, and ethics.


Ansys is an S&P 500 company and a member of the NASDAQ-100. We are proud to have been recognized for the following more recent awards, although our list goes on: America’s Most Loved Workplaces, Gold Stevie Award Winner, America’s Most Responsible Companies, Fast Company World Changing Ideas, Great Place to Work Certified (China, Greece, France, India, Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, U.K.).

For more information, please visit us at www.ansys.com

Ansys is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.

Ansys does not accept unsolicited referrals for vacancies, and any unsolicited referral will become the property of Ansys. Upon hire, no fee will be owed to the agency, person, or entity.


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