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Jacobs Orbital Debris Optical Measurement Analyst in Houston, Texas

Orbital Debris Optical Measurement Analyst


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, andbasicresearch to further humankind’s understanding of the origins of our solar system.

We need you to be a part of our team!

We are currently in need of an Orbital Debris Optical Measurement Analyst to join our team. Do you have the following skills?

As an Orbital Debris Optical Measurement Analyst you will:

  • Conduct observations of the man-made orbital debris population in Earth's orbit.

  • Develop, document, integrate, maintain, and operate the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office (ODPO) Meter-Class Autonomous Telescope (MCAT) and other telescopes.

  • Perform physical characterization of resident space objects, including orbit determination, and laboratory specimens.

  • Work closely with JETS Orbital Debris Research & Science Operations (ODRSO) colleagues and NASA customers.

  • Present work products to customers and counterparts in written and verbal formats.

  • Support and participate in technical interchange meetings.

  • 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 for which this position has been advertised.

  • BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from an accredited engineering school and five (5) years of related engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and four (4) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering school and zero (0) years of related experience.

  • Observational experience using visible/infrared telescopes.

  • Astrometric/photometric/radiometric data reduction and analysis experience.

  • Familiarization with orbital mechanics.

  • Familiarization with Space Situational Awareness.

  • Experience with Unix/Linux, high level computer languages, and astronomical applications, e.g. IRAF.

  • Ability to travel to remote telescope facilities in domestic and international locations.


  • Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering or relevant discipline.

  • Experience in observing non-sidereal targets, e.g. planetary, small body, or space surveillance-themed astronomy.

  • Experience with Python, FORTRAN77/95, C/C , LabView, MatLab, and IDL.

  • Experience with spectroscopy and material identification.

  • Experience with optical experiment and campaign planning.

  • Experience with writing grants/proposals.

  • Work effectively in interdisciplinary teams and possess excellent oral and written skills.

  • Exhibit the qualities of creativity, conception, vision, and personal initiative, and will be expected to develop new cooperative relationships and team capabilities.

Why Work for Jacobs?

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)

  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)

  • Comprehensive Benefit Package (medical, dental & vision)

  • 401(k)

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Much, much more!

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center, please visitwww.wehavespaceforyou.com

  • 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.

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.

Primary Location United States-Texas-Houston

Req ID: AS0004FC

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