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Jacobs Network Architect for Avionic Gateway System in Houston, Texas

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Are you passionate about human space exploration, understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a passionate and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you! 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 Network Architect for Avionic Gateway System to join our team with teammate company, McLaurin Aerospace.


  • ​The Network Architect supports the Gateway Command and Data Handling (C&DH) System, a critical sub-system of the Gateway Program which will return to the Moon

  • Support network configuration, VLAN, architecture

  • Support Time Trigger Ethernet design and network integration

  • Support FPGA/ASIC development/procurement of hardware/software and interface

  • Support ethernet protocols and internet protocols for Quality of Service, network end systems, wired network switches, and wireless design

  • Review design and create models for performance and reliability studies

  • Support cybersecurity efforts including application of NIST 800-53

  • Support sub-project requirement and verification data packages to support architecture requirements, design, verification/validation, operations, and sustaining engineering

  • Support product life cycle reviews, coordinate integration, verification and validation activities

  • Work with requirements to align with hardware specifications while understanding the verifications

  • Review verification and validation reports to verify compliance with requirements

  • Participate and contribute to system requirements reviews, preliminary design reviews and critical design reviews

  • Work and present schedule and progress to customers

  • Must have good communication and organizational skills and the ability to work in a team environment​

  • 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.

  • Requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree in Engineering and normally possess 5 - 10 years of related experience. License and certification may be required​

  • Must have minimum 5 years' of relevant experience in engineeringMust have knowledge and understanding of ethernet network architecture and network hardware development

  • Must have a knowledge of spacecraft avionics and space hardware development

  • Must have knowledge and understanding of SE&I processes, methodologies, tools and technologies

  • Must have good communication and organizational skills and the ability to work in a team environment

  • Must have strong analytical and troubleshooting skills, critical thinking process.

Requisition Preferences:

  • Should have knowledge of IEEE 802.1, IEEE 802.3, ARINC 664-P7, and AS 6802

  • Should have Network Certification (CCNP, CCAr, CompTia Network+ Should have knowledge of Avionic Hardware and/or Flight Processes/Paperwork

  • Should have experience in the NASA systems

  • Should have experience with Flight Hardware and/or Flight Processes/Paperwork or prior working experience with Shuttle or International Space Station flight operations

  • Should be familiar with Hardware for Critical Network Timing Systems used in Command and Telemetry type systems

  • Should be familiar with Data Analysis, Data Recording, and Network Simulation Tools

  • Should have experience with network automation tools and scripting languages (e.g., Python, Linux Bash Scripting)

  • Should have familiarity with cybersecurity frameworks and compliance standards (e.g., NIST, ISO 27001)

Why Join Our Team?

Click on the below links to view just a small sample of all that we do! Come join our team and be part of our future. We look forward to seeing you!

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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), when 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 may be 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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