GHG Corporation
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Other
  • Full Time


Job purpose

This is an entry level position. The candidate will work as a Communications RF On-Board Networks Utilization Specialist (CRONUS) flight controller and serve as a technical expert for the International Space Station (ISS) Command and Data Handling and Communications and Tracking Systems. 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Flight controllers with the CRONUS call sign are responsible for operating the communications and command systems onboard ISS from a flight control console located in the Mission Control Center (MCC) Houston. These individuals are also responsible for training astronauts, cosmonauts, and peers on those systems.
  • Personnel will be expected to complete NASA led flight controller and instructor certifications for this area of expertise.
  • Initial training and duties will be as an entry level flight controller or Operator often working evening, night and weekend shifts during non-complex operations.
  • After a period of time (usually 1 to 2 years) as an Operator, the employee will be trained as a Specialist and/or as an Instructor. As a Specialist the individual will work primarily day shifts, complex operations, and on-call during Operator shifts. As an Instructor the individual will support shifts as needed, develop training materials, and instruct astronauts and flight controllers. It is anticipated that personnel will eventually achieve all 3 certifications (Operator, Specialist and Instructor).
  • Specific Operator and Specialist duties include maintaining a safe environment for astronauts onboard ISS; monitoring of real-time status and performance of the ISS systems; controlling ISS system operations from mission control; reporting status and anomalies to mission managers; determining mission impacts and implementing corrective actions from malfunctions; test and verification of operational products and analysis; integrating requirements with other systems and organizations.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Physics, Mathematics or Engineering with 0-2 years of experience.
  • A demonstrated ability to progress through flight controller and instructor certifications which require excellent leadership and team-working ability.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including excellent verbal and written communication skills are required for this position.
  • Candidates must be able to apply technical knowledge and operations concepts to exercise effective decision making and initiative in a real-time and fast-paced operational environment.
  • International Space Station operations are 24/7, and although most work will occur during a standard work day (8am to 4:30pm) the candidate should also be able to work odd shifts, weekends and holidays on a weekly rotation. Candidates are also required to pass a standard flight controller physical examination, pass security clearances and be able to travel.
  • US Citizenship is required.


  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Technical Capacity
  • Communication Proficiency
  • Time Management
  • Initiative

Working environment

  • This is largely a sedentary role; however, limited physical activity is required.

Physical requirements

  • This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Position Expectations

This is a full-time position.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

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