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Principal Astrodynamics Engineer

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Date: Nov 24, 2022

Location: Exton, PA, US, 19341

Company: Ansys

Ansys is the global leader in engineering simulation, helping the world's most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, Ansys helps companies solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination.



The Principal Astrodynamics Engineer leads the design and development of innovative aerospace software solutions and serves as a critical astrodynamics subject matter expert for the organization. In this role, the Principal Astrodynamics Engineer will act as a technical reference, working closely with customers, partners, application engineers and development teams to define and deploy major new capabilities and algorithms. 


Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conducts extensive astrodynamics domain analysis in support of software development efforts across multiple products and capabilities.
  • Acts as a technical reference across groups or products.
  • Works directly within the software to investigate and improve software capabilities.
  • Works with strategic customers or proxies to assess needs and develop solutions.
  • Defines, 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 a high-level organizational leader.
  • May be responsible for line management of a small technical team, but primary duties are of an individual technical nature.
  • This position is not eligible for immigration sponsorship.


Minimum Education & Experience

  • MS in Aerospace (Astro) Engineering or related field, plus 10 years’ aerospace domain experience, or a PhD and 8 years of relevant academic or industry experience
  • Familiarity with software development and coding practices
  • Ability to develop expertise in commercial aerospace software development 
  • Demonstrated leadership with 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.
  • Expert-level 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
  • Proven ability to understand customer and/or business requirements and translate them into software plans and capabilities
  • Ability to convey complex information in a clear way to stakeholders and development teams
  • Ability to drive success across teams and geographies, and to mentor others



Culture and values are incredibly important to Ansys. They inform us of who we are, of how we act. Values aren't posters hanging on a wall or about trite or glib slogans. They aren't about rules and regulations. They can't just be handed down the organization. They are shared beliefs – guideposts that we all follow when we're facing a challenge or a decision. Our values tell us how we live our lives; how we approach our jobs. Our values are crucial for fostering a culture of winning for our company:

  • 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 of leaders, collectively aiming to change the world with innovative technology and remarkable solutions.  With the 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.  Because 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”.  It’s about the melding of disciplined intellect with strategic direction and results that have, can and will impact real people in real ways, 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 so our customers can 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 component of the NASDAQ-100.
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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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