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Jacobs Orion GN&C Simulation Engineer in Houston, Texas

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Your Impact:

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. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working together with NASA at centers across the United States.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Orion GN&C Simulation Engineer to work with JETS teammate company, Barrios Technology, Inc.

** 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. **

This position will work with the JETS engineers and the NASA customer to develop 6-DOF Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) simulations in support of various NASA programs including the Orion and Gateway Programs These simulation tools are being developed to assist in the design, development, and oversight of the respective GN&C FSW including ascent, ascent/abort, entry/descent/landing, orbit, and rendezvous proximity operations & docking (RPOD) mission scenarios.

Tasking includes:

  • Simulation model development and validation (for support of GN&C algorithm development and the other analyses)

  • Simulation scenario development and maintenance

  • Data analysis and data preparation and presentation of results

  • On-site support of pilot-in-the-loop work and studies

  • Supporting the GN&C algorithm developers in setting up simulations and debugging

  • EDGE graphics support (model development and integration with Ramtares simulation)

  • Directly interact with the NASA customers, along with various NASA support contractors, during technical meetings and working groups

  • Perform other duties as required​

Skills and experience should demonstrate:

  • Experience developing GN&C based simulation models

  • Ability to code (Cpp, Python, Simulink) and implement simulation architecture updates

  • Experience with Linux, C/C++ and Python

  • General GN&C knowledge to debug model (sensor, dynamics, etc) and FSW performance

  • Simulation data analysis (take simulation data from a set of analysis runs and develop/present informative deliverable)

  • EDGE graphics model development (CAD, Blender, etc)

  • EDGE simulation interface development (edge keys, relative nav overlays, etc)

  • Ability to learn and work independently

  • Excellent communication and documentation skills and the ability to work in a team environment consisting of NASA civil servants and various contractor employees

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Typically has a BS degree in a computer or system science discipline from an accredited college or university and five (5) years of progressive, relevant experience, or an MS degree in a computer or system science and four (4) years of progressive experience, or Ph.D. degree in a computer of system science discipline

  • Experience with TRICK/JEOD simulation architecture

  • Expertise with the Ramtares and Antares simulation environments

  • Knowledge of MATLAB and Simulink/Stateflow toolboxes

Requisition Preferences:

  • MS in Aerospace Engineering

  • Basic understanding of spacecraft dynamics and operations (RPOD) experience

  • Experience with version control systems such as Git

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)

  • 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

  • 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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