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Jacobs RF Comm Systems & Test Engineer for VIPER 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 RF Comm Systems & Test Engineer for VIPER to join the team.

As aRF Comm Systems & Test Engineer for VIPER, you will:

  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert for the Communications Systems supporting the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) which is a lunar exploration rover being developed at NASA Johnson Space Center

  • Write Radio Frequency communication subsystem level Interface Requirements Documents (IRD), Verification Requirements (VRs), & Interface Control Documents (ICDs) for spacecrafts. Review IRDs, ICDs and component level requirements (Transponders, Transceivers, baseband processors)

  • Support software and hardware design and development in areas of analysis, integration and operational testing and certification

  • Execute, test and document integration and testing solutions

  • Determine the performance of Radio Frequency (RF) communication links and software defined radios, single board computers, LNAs and filters using analytical methods or by applying analysis to simulation tools

  • Actively participate and contribute to Systems Requirements Reviews (SRR), Preliminary & Critical Design Reviews, Component level reviews and Technical Interchange Meetings

  • Perform radio frequency interference & compatibility analysis for space-based communication systems

  • Assist and support NASA RF communication sub system manager with reviews, meetings and be the technical point of contact for testing and integration of the communication system

  • Provide technical expertise and support cross-functional teams including project managers, network engineers and operations personnel

  • Develop and maintain technical documentation for spacecraft communications systems architecture definition, design and development

  • Represent JSC and interface with other NASA centers and federal agencies

  • Perform analysis using software such as Matlab, Simulink and Excel

  • 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.

  • Must have completed college level RF Communications course work

  • Strong analytical skills in RF communications

  • Excellent knowledge of communication systems such as digital modulation, spread spectrum signals and signal detection

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills along with the ability to work in a team environment

  • Articulate speaker with ability to communicate complex technical ideas in a concise manner

  • Share passion of our Nations Space Program, excitement of developing the next human-rated space vehicles and ability to return to the moon

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation

Requisition Preferences:

  • Experience with NASA processes including software lifecycle

  • Experience with Deep Space Network (DSN) communication protocol and testing

  • Knowledge in antennas, RF propagation and network layer protocols is a plus

  • Excellent knowledge of communication systems

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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