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Systems Engineer

Impossible Sensing
Saint Louis, Missouri (US)
Commensurate with Experience: Base Salary Rate +15% Fringe Compensation
Closing date
May 14, 2022

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Planetary Sciences
Career Level
Early Career (up to 10 years past degree)
Education Level
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Sector Type
Industry/Private Sector
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Impossible Sensing develops next-generation optical sensing applications for deployment and operation in the most extreme terrestrial and extraterrestrial environments. Through our cutting-edge adaptive technologies, we make sense of deep ocean, deep space, and everywhere in between. We're looking for candidates interested in projects ranging from planetary exploration to deep ocean survey to join our growing team in St. Louis, MO.



The Systems Engineer works with a multi-disciplinary team designing, building and testing leading-edge sensor systems destined for NASA Solar System projects as well as deep-sea marine applications to reduce causes of climate change. The Systems Engineer (SE) will function within daily laboratory operations at the St. Louis facility. Top candidates will be technically agile, have an ability to learn and implement novel and innovative procedures effectively and have a sound understanding of relevant scientific approaches. The SE works onsite with our team at our St. Louis, MO headquarters on a dedicated SETI/NASA joint venture Space project. The SE will be initially employed for the first 9 months as a consultant to Impossible Sensing through The SETI Foundation. After the successful completion of the project, there is a strong likelihood for the SE to be hired on as a full time Impossible Sensing employee working on further off-planet and deep-sea marine projects.



  • Take space hardware requirements and desirements and translate those into a design for hardware that will fly on missions to explore the solar system

  • Start-to-finish hardware ownership: Specification, architecture, design, simulation, analysis, prototyping, manufacturing, validation and verification testing and final hardware acceptance

  • Collaborate with electrical, reliability, program management, mechanical, and management teams

  • Be the technical lead for smaller projects and assist in leading larger projects over the entire project lifecycle from concept generation in the proposal stage to testing your creations in Space or on the ocean floor

  • Be the technical lead for project life cycle reviews such as design reviews, PDR and CDR reviews, to ensure the project accomplishes the technical objectives within time and budget

  • Travel as needed to support integration and testing tasks at customer or field sites

  • Help develop new concepts, white papers, proposals, and briefings



  • US Person (Citizen or Permanent Resident)

  • 2-5 years hardware systems engineering experience

  • Experience in marine engineering inclusive of proposal drafting, requirements definition,

    systems design, relevant simulations and calculations, hardware assembly and testing, documenting and reporting.




  • Exceptional organization/documentation and communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Ability to independently identify issues and collectively work out a solution

  • Proficiency with lab equipment (oscilloscopes, electronic loads, signal generators, etc)

  • Basic programming ability (Python, C, C++, Java, etc)

  • Knowledge of aerospace design requirements

  • Start-Up Mentality with rigor of established large-scale business practices

  • Ability to reliably commute to the STL job location


We strive to foster a creative, collaborative and inclusive work environment that combines the best minds with the most innovative optoelectronics and data analytic technologies. We look for candidates who are interested in projects ranging from planetary exploration to deep ocean survey to join our growing team of full-time innovators. 


We offer comprehensive health, dental and vision at no cost to our employees, 4 weeks paid vacation to start, paid holidays, paid parental leave, and a flexible schedule including WFH options. We believe in empowering our teammates and we proactively invest time and energy into creating opportunities for employees to learn and grow as professionals and as individuals. 


Impossible Sensing's 25,000sq’ World Headquarters is located in St. Louis, MO. A city with a rich space industry heritage, St. Louis is full of world-class talent, booming space, agriculture & biotech industries – and more opportunities for us to take the creative risks we couldn't take in bigger, more expensive cities. We are over the moon to casll this midsized-but-mighty Midwestern city home.  


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2700 Cherokee st.
St. Louis
United States
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