Jacobs Water Chemist in Houston, Texas

Water Chemist


NASA’s Mission Operations for the International Space Station is located at Johnson Space Center. On Jacobs’ JETS contract we provide engineering services to JSC. Come join us and be a vital part of operating the largest space station ever built.

We’re looking for a Water Chemist to join our team.

The Water Chemist will support Johnson Space Center’s activities for long duration space flight through the JETS Contract.

The Water Chemist will:

  • Work safely in a chemical laboratory where hazards are present.

  • Perform job functions based on direction from senior chemists, project lead, or project manager, pre-established guidelines, or instructions.

  • Perform chemical analyses on human urine.

  • Perform chemical analyses on a variety of spacecraft wastewater sources including: pH, conductivity, surface tension, and other wet chemical methods.

  • Analyze samples from various sources to provide information on compounds or quantities of compounds present.

  • Be able to precisely make aqueous solutions of known concentration.

  • Utilize analytical techniques and instrumentation such as:

  • Ion chromatography.

  • Total organic carbon/inorganic carbon/nitrogen (TOC/TIC/TN).

  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

  • Gas Chromatography

  • Spectrophotometry

  • Review and evaluate the quantity, quality, and overall adequacy of results and conclusions drawn from accomplishment of tasks.

  • Report scientific results.

  • Perform failure troubleshooting and resolution as directed.

  • Perform other duties as required.


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • BS degree from an accredited college or university in an associated technical discipline in chemistry or biochemistry.

  • Must have 1 yr experience working in a water chemistry lab.

  • Experience with lab instrumentation/equipment including but not limited to pH and conductivity meters.

  • Able to work independently to priorities established by the senior chemist, project lead, or project manager and execute multiple efforts as dwell times during analyses allow.

  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office.


  • Familiar with Johnson Space Center (JSC) organizations, processes, and procedures.

  • Prior experience with water recovery systems research and development.

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: AS00047C