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Jacobs Systems Engineer - Mission Planning for the Human Landing System (HLS) 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 Systems Engineer - Mission Planning for the Human Landing System (HLS) to join the team.

** 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. **

As a systems engineer for HLS Mission Planning, you will work with NASA JSC Engineering's EX2 Branch and HLS Program Management to define NASA's HLS mission activities on the moon as part of the Artemis program.

This work may include:

  • Develop concepts and define future human space exploration vehicles and missions.

  • Study future Lunar mission campaigns, evaluating constraints across multiple space vehicles such as Gateway, Orion and HLS.

  • Work on requirements definition, flow-down, assessment and verification.

  • Work on the development of concept of operations, software Verification and Validation (V&V) plans.

  • Work with team members to identify risks, develop risk statements and responses.

  • Review documentation for major milestone reviews such as CBR, PDR, CDR, etc.

  • Review Hazard Analyses.

  • Attend HLS Project meetings and provide meeting summaries to technical leads.

  • Work on trade studies and participate in stakeholder reviews.

  • Work in a team environment.

  • Report to the team lead to provide status on progress, issues and requests for support.

  • Maintain a professional relationship with the NASA customer, other NASA support contractors and the HLS commercial partners.

  • Perform 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 minimum of a bachelor's degree in Engineering and normally possess 5 - 10 years of related experience. License and certification may be required.

  • Experience in early program concept development and formulation.

  • Experience with requirements development, design trades, development of Concept of Operations, risk analysis, and system analysis of space hardware.

  • Experience creating concepts for operations of single vehicle systems as well as operations across multiple space vehicles.

  • Experience with technology roadmap development and creating technology infusion plans.

  • Experience collecting/understanding stakeholder needs.

  • Experience with interface definition for vehicle subsystems.

  • Experience with interface definitions between multiple vehicles or elements of a mission.

  • Experience creating configuration growth or evolution plans and defining incremental capabilities for a mission sequence.

  • Ability to define mission sequences both within a single mission and across multiple missions.

  • Experience with Test and Verification of spaceflight hardware.

  • Knowledge of systems engineering principles and associated documentation.​

Requisition Preferences:

  • Electrical, mechanical, or aerospace engineering degree.

  • Experience working with multiple NASA organizations.

  • Experience working across NASA centers.

  • Experience with hardware or software development projects.

  • Experience with space mission analysis (e.g., orbit analysis, delta-V budgets, spacecraft constraint evaluation).

  • Familiarity with human space exploration systems (for example Orion, Commercial Crew, ISS, EMU/xEMU).

  • Basic knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures in the space hardware field, such as mechanical and electrical system design, engineering drawings and sketches, and material selection for engineeringproducts.

  • INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional certification.

  • Familiarity with system architecture tools such as DoDAF, TODAF, etc.​

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), 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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