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Jacobs Electronics Design Engineer - Avionics Radiation Hardness Assurance Engineer in Houston, Texas

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We need your talent, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire people all over the globe. We need you to bring creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will enable the exploration of space while benefiting people here on Earth. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on exciting challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. As NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working together with NASA at centers across the United States.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Electronics Design Engineer – Avionics Radiation Hardness Assurance Engineer to join the team.

** We are actively searching for qualified candidates for this potential opening; however, we do not have assurance at this time when the position will be finalized and opened. Because we have strong reason to believe the position will be approved soon, we are proceeding with identifying qualified candidates and conducting interviews. **

The Electronics Design Engineer – Avionics Radiation Hardness Assurance Engineer will:

  • Report directly to the Electronics and Electrical Section Manager as part of group of over 45 other Electronics and Electrical Engineers

  • Be familiar with systems engineering and integration (S&EI) and/or specialty engineering for NASA spaceflight (or similar complexity).

  • Support new projects and sustaining efforts throughout product life cycle, including: standards adjudications, system requirements reviews, preliminary design reviews, critical design reviews, manufacturing readiness reviews, flight readiness reviews, and failure investigations, as well as testing, analysis, inspection, sustaining support efforts.

  • Drive critical decision-making processes for performing radiation testing, deriving part performance classification and taxonomy, and improving vehicle and subsystem level radiation reliability and survivability.

  • Establish applicable ionizing radiation requirements.

  • Predict environmental stresses to vehicles flown in ionizing radiation environments.

  • Write verification test plans, test procedures, and test reports against product requirement.

  • Ability to read and understand schematics for circuit and system diagrams to evaluate upstream and downstream impacts for transient analysis.

  • Collaborate with design engineers, project personnel, and other stakeholders to evaluate performance of electronic hardware and assess need to address impacts to functional, performance, reliability, and availability metrics.

  • Support program activities on behalf of subject matter experts (SMEs) by assessing relevance information with technical discussions to determine need to request SME consideration, and then accurately conveying SME assessments back to program and project stakeholders.

  • Make recommendations for design, process improvements, and data collection.

  • Perform root-cause analysis of test failures and communicate recommended actions.

  • Present test results and data analyses to team members, project engineers, program managers, systems engineers, formal boards/panels, and more.

  • Ability to adapt in the face technical hurdles and overcome challenges associated with increasing use of industrial-grade and automotive-grade components in space applications.

  • Familiarity with Poisson, Markov, and/or Gaussian statistical analysis.

  • Willingness to work in a technically challenging field.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, etc.).

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.

  • Comply with all radiation regulatory requirements for radiation safety.

  • Perform other duties as required.

Here’s what you’ll need :

Requisition Qualifications:

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 for which this position has been advertised.

  • Typically requires a bachelor's degree in Engineering and a minimum of 2- 5 years of experience in the field or in a related area.

  • Be familiar with the subject matter expertise (SME) and/or specialty engineering field in radiation effects in microelectronics for NASA spaceflight (or similar complexity):

  • Work directly with technicians, engineers, managers, and other stakeholders on a wide variety of projects.

  • Possess technical knowledge of radiation effects in microelectronics and avionics systems, may include: basic mechanisms for single-event effects and total dose, test strategies, mitigation techniques, and analysis of circuits, systems, and data links.

  • Be familiar with the suite of activities known as Radiation Hardness Assurance (RHA) for avionics (analog, digital, power, etc.): determining Mission, Environment, Application, and Lifetime (MEAL) factors, developing and interpreting requirements, bill-of-materials requirement gap analysis, radiation testing, environment definition, radiation transport, shielding analysis, dose-depth curves, Single-Event Effects Criticality Analysis (SEECA), derating, Safe Operating Area (SOA), Radiation Design Margin (RDM), etc.

  • Assess EEEE parts, circuits, functions, components, subsystems, and systems to evaluate risks, effectiveness of mitigation strategies, and the ability to meet functional, performance, and reliability requirements during and after exposure to the mission ionizing radiation environment.

  • Lead or support screening and characterization test efforts for heavy ion, proton, and pulsed-laser Single-Event Effects (SEE), Total Ionizing Dose (TID), Enhanced Low-Dose Rate Sensitivity (ELDRS), Total Non-Ionizing Dose (TNID), Displacement Damage Dose (DDD), etc.

  • Develop and/or modify LabVIEW code for a variety of test setups and lab equipment.

  • Create detailed radiation assessments, presentations, test plans, analyses, and reports.

  • Design, troubleshoot, and repair new and existing radiation test setups, may include: cables, laboratory test equipment, printed circuit boards, software, firmware, hardware description languages, etc. ​

Requisition Preferences:

  • Knowledgeable in basic electronics design and capableof performing basic circuit analysis.

  • Knowledgeable or have experience in performing electrical and mechanical fault analyses.

  • Knowledgeable and experienced in IPC J-STD-001, NASA-STD-8739 and ANSI/ESD S20.20 Standards.

  • Knowledgeable in EEE Parts and Advanced Packaging.

  • Experience with test hardware such as oscilloscopes, multi-meters, logic analyzers, function generators, electronic load banks, powersupplies, power analyzers.

  • Prior experience with cable design for space applications.

  • Proficient in MS Office programs, particularly MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, OneNote and Outlook.

  • Excellent communication and organizational skillsand the ability to work in a team environment.​

Why Join Our Team?

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In addition to exciting career opportunities, we also have:

  • Excellent personal and professional career growth

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

  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)

  • Much, much more!

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC), please visit www.wehavespaceforyou.com

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency maybe a requirement for this position.

  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.

  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.

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.

Other Essential Functions

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.

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