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Jacobs Planetary Geochemist 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 a Planetary Geochemist to join the team with our Science & Exploration Division.

The Planetary Geochemist will:

  • Support the Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science Directorate (ARES) at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in the field of cosmochemistry and planetary science, and provide support for NASA missions.

  • Develop new techniques in isotopic analyses of astromaterials and analogs that advance NanoSIMS capabilities with focus on light element analysis.

  • Conduct research in cosmochemistry by analyzing astromaterial samples using ARES unique facility.

  • Assist with routine upkeep and maintenance of the NanoSIMS instrument.

  • Support ARES growth and provide service to NASA and the scientific community.

  • Summarize, communicate, and publish quantitative scientific results, and actively participate in safety programs.

  • Perform other tasks as assigned.​

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.

  • ​A BS degree and a minimum of 2-5 years experience are required.

  • Must have at least 3 years of experience operating a SIMS and/or NanoSIMS instrument as an independent user.

  • Must have knowledge of the theory and practice of isotopic analyses of geologic and/or planetary samples and data reduction.

  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.​

Requisition Preferences:

  • BS degree from an accredited science school and four (4) years of direct science experience, or MS degree from an accredited science school and two (2) years of direct science experience, or Ph.D. in an associated technical discipline.

  • Experience with electron beam instruments (SEM, EPMA, TEM, and/or FIB).

  • Experience with analytical technique development and innovation.

  • Experience with astromaterials, and generally, irreplaceable samples.​

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 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.