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Lead Astrodynamics Engineer (STK) - Exton, PA

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Date: Feb 28, 2023

Location: Exton, PA, US, 19341

Company: Ansys

Ansys is the global leader in engineering simulation. We empower the world’s most innovative companies to deliver transformational products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software solutions, we help our customers solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination. Whether you are a software developer, product engineer, sales team member, or part of our corporate team, at Ansys we know that by embracing what makes us each unique, we become collectively better.



A Lead Astrodynamics Engineer leads the design and development of innovative aerospace software solutions and serves as an astrodynamics subject matter expert for the organization. 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.


Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conducts extensive astrodynamics domain 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
  • 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, our diverse, collaborative teams give us the strength and insight to solve the world’s most challenging engineering problems. Our ONE Ansys culture has at its core:

  • Customer Focus
  • Results and Accountability
  • Innovation
  • Transparency and Integrity
  • Mastery
  • Inclusiveness
  • Sense of Urgency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork


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 servicing 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. 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.
At Ansys, you will find yourself among those eager to drive the world towards the next best thing with hands planted firmly on the wheel. 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 lower cost.  As a measure of our success in attaining these goals, Ansys has been recognized as one of the world's most innovative companies by prestigious publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek and FORTUNE magazines.
Ansys is an S&P 500 company and a member of the NASDAQ-100. We are proud to have been recognized for the following awards: Bay Area Best Places to Work, a Pillar World Awards Gold Winner, Fast Company Best Places to Work for Innovators, a Gold Stevie Award for Great Employers, the FORTUNE Future 50, a DCA Silver Winner, an R&D100 Finalist, a 20% by 2020 Women on Boards winner, a 2020 Pittsburgh Tech 50 – finalist, and America’s Most Responsible Companies.
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We are committed to creating a culture of inclusion and belonging where everyone thrives as ONE Ansys team.

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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