Jacobs Spacecraft Simulation Lab Administrator in Houston, Texas

Spacecraft Simulation Lab Administrator


The United States is developing the first vehicle to take humans into deep space – the Orion spacecraft. On the Jacobs JETS contract, we provide services to NASA’s Johnson Space Center that includes maintenance and operation of simulation labs for the Orion spacecraft.

Do you want to play a part in helping humans explore the Moon and Mars? Do you have experience running simulation labs with an emphasis on customer service? Are you an expert in Linux system administration? If so, join our team and provide solutions to technical challenges that will take humans on exciting new journeys as we explore the solar system! We're looking for a Spacecraft Simulation Lab Administrator.

The selected candidate for this role will:

  • Perform Linux/Unix system administration, communication, user authentication and storage design, Server maintenance and backup.

  • Set up, configure, and maintain spacecraft flight software development tools.

  • Maintain system security.

  • Maintain hardware and software procurement and license management.

  • Maintain customer relations through timely response to customer issues and customer notifications.

  • Provide regular lab operations status reports and represent the lab at organizational meetings.

  • Work in a dynamic, rapidly changing engineering environment with demanding customers on a compressed schedule.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • BS degree in 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.

  • Recent lab operations experience.

  • Experience developing and maintaining a simulation lab in the following specialty areas:

  • Linux/Unix System Administration

  • Firewall maintenance and administration

  • System and software configuration management

  • System tuning and performance analysis

  • Automation of system maintenance and reporting

  • System requirements analysis

  • Network analysis, configuration and administration

  • Automation of system maintenance and reporting via scripting

  • Security planning, implementation, and maintenance

  • Software license management

  • Hardware and software procurement

  • Hardware and software integration

  • Customer Relations

Strong Preferences:

  • JSC network familiarity.

  • LDAP user authentication mechanisms familiarity.


  • Orion spacecraft software development tool chain familiarity:

  • Perforce version control tool

  • Orion SOCRRATES and ANTARES simulations

  • Simics simulation environment

  • OS/Comet satellite telemetry and commanding system

  • Experience with:

  • Installation, maintenance and backup of Oracle databases

  • JBoss installation and maintenance

  • Data acquisition and processing

  • Marketing and salesmanship experience a plus.

  • NASA property control processes - NASA Form 1602, NASA Equipment Management System (NEMS) Transaction Document, DD Form 1149, Requisition and Invoice/Shipping Document, and JSC Form 290 Shipping Document.

  • Familiar with Government software procurement requirements and processes:

  • NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) system

  • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act compliance

  • Compliance with Public Law 113-6, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Division B, Title V, Section 516)

Why Work for JETS?

  • Opportunities for growth and advancement

  • Comprehensive Medical Coverage (medical, dental, vision)

  • 401(k)

  • Benefits Tuition Reimbursement

  • Much, much more!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity; for immediate consideration, apply now! ( http://www.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 10 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: AER0000I4

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