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Jacobs Advanced Mission Design Engineer in Houston, Texas

Advanced Mission Design Engineer


Are you passionate about human space exploration or understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a dynamic and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you!

We need your commitment, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire humans all over the globe. We need you to bring innovative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will benefit the quality of life of people around the world. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on new challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working alongside NASA at centers across the United States.

We have the unique and significant role to partner with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC), to be part of every human spaceflight program – the International Space Station (ISS), NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will carry astronauts into deep space, and Gateway, the orbiting platform providing the home for astronauts to work and travel back and forth to the moon’s surface, and serving as the platform for deep space exploration. From critical systems on the ISS to enable astronauts to live and work in space; to performing advanced development for systems leading to deep space exploration; to being part of the foundation for Gateway.

We also partner with NASA at JSC, the only NASA center in the United States to curate all astromaterial samples returned from exploration missions, to perform curation services, orbital debris analysis, and basic research to further humankind’s understanding of the origins of our solar system.

We need you to be a part of our team!


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We are currently in need of an Advanced Mission Design Engineer to join our team with Oceaneering Space Systems, a JETS teammate company. Do you have the following skills?

As an Advanced Mission Design Engineer you will:

  • Assist with software development and scripting of NASA’s Copernicus trajectory optimization tool and related applications. Specific tasks will include:

  • Addition of new features and algorithms requested by the NASA customer.

  • Refactoring and improvements to the architecture for program efficiency.

  • Integration with other trajectory software and tools.

General program maintenance and bug fixes.

  • Regression testing and documentation.

  • Provide trajectory products supporting spacecraft mission design and analysis for advanced Orion crewed missions such as Artemis 1-3 and related missions:

  • Perform trajectory optimization runs to characterize vehicle performance and mission availability for a variety of scenarios.

  • Develop, integrate, and test new algorithms for evaluation of vehicle and mission performance.

  • Perform other duties as required.


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level which this position has been advertised.

  • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school.

  • Demonstrated capability to independently devise solutions to complex engineering problems by their own efforts and by soliciting inputs from other technical experts.

  • Expertise in orbital mechanics and/or spacecraft mission design.

  • Experience in programming and scripting languages such as modern Fortran, Python, and/or C .

  • Experience working in a team environment.


  • MS in Aerospace Engineering.

  • Expertise in spacecraft trajectory optimization, including use of software tools such as Copernicus, GMAT, MONTE, STK, or FreeFlyer.

  • Experience in spacecraft guidance, navigation, control algorithms and software.

  • Experience in high performance computing, including Message Passing Interface (MPI) or Coarrays, and SLURM.

Why Work on Our Team?

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center, please click on the links below:

See What We Do

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In addition to exciting career opportunities, we also offer:

  • Excellent personal and professional career growth

  • 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)

  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)

  • Comprehensive Benefit Package (medical, dental & vision)

  • 401(k)

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Much, much more!

Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.

Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been advertised.

Come join our team and be a part of our future - we look forward to seeing you!

  • Please visit our career page at: www.wehavespaceforyou.com .

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs (5% of time).

Equipment and Machines

Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.

Other Essential Functions

Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action 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 or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Job Aerospace

Primary Location United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG

Job Type Experienced

Req ID: AER0004FK