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Jacobs Astronomer in Huntsville, Alabama

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Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) is comprised of 10 companies and is located at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL (ranked #11 in Best Places to Live by U.S. News). JSEG has been a primary contractor for NASA since 1989 and supports marquee NASA programs, including the Space Launch System, International Space Station, space optics fabrication, earth and space sciences and advanced propulsion system development. As a partner in NASA’s next generation of space exploration, our jobs are literally history in the making.


As an Astronomer, the candidate will assist the Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO), located within the MSFC Natural Environments Branch/EV44, in defining the meteoroid environment as it pertains to spacecraft design and risk. The candidate will carry out fundamental/original research in the meteor/meteoroid discipline, develop software and tools to analyze meteor-related data, conduct any required astronomical observations, and respond with quick-turnaround analyses of bright meteor events (“skyfalls”) occurring over the United States.

Duties will include the following:

  • Developing, and assisting in the development of, models and simulations pertaining to the meteoroid environment, including meteoroid structure/properties and the Solar System small bodies associated with meteoroids.

  • Analyzing observational data collected from telescopes, cameras, radiometers or other instrumentation.

  • Conducting observations of meteors and their parent bodies; monitoring the Moon for flashes caused by meteoroid impacts.

  • Presenting results to the NASA customer and at conferences.

  • Publishing results in the appropriate journals.

  • Delivering quick-turnaround characterizations of skyfall events to the MEO customer.

Here’s What You’ll Need:


Must have received a Doctorate degree in Astronomy, Physics, or similar field from an accredited institution, along with having at least five years’ experience in said fields.

The successful candidate must:

  • Have at least 2 first author publications in a peer-reviewed journal.

  • Have extensive experience coding in Python and be familiar with software tools such as Git.

  • Have a good knowledge of statistics.

  • Have some experience in operating telescopes or observational astronomy coursework.

  • Demonstrate strong technical writing and presentation skills in order to present data to internal and external customers.

  • Have strong customer relations skills - Have the ability to multi-task and transition between quick turnaround assignments.

  • Show initiative and be proactive to make connections and build relationships with key players on the tasks.

  • Demonstrate the capability to plan and perform analyses independently and within a team.

  • Research experience in Solar System small bodies is highly desired.

The Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) offers a partnership in which you can grow personally and professionally within a framework of strong leadership, competitive compensation, and rewarding career paths. Come join our team on the Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract whose work is destined to have a longrange effect on future generations! For more information on why Huntsville is known as “one of the smartest cities in the nation” , check out these websites

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Essential Functions

Work Environment:

Telework, transitioning to an office environment at MSFC once COVID protocols are lifted. This is a support position at MSFC in Huntsville, Alabama. The applicant should expect remote/on site work to be dictated by assigned tasks, and is expected to live in or near Huntsville, Alabama. Requires ability to provide clear, concise, accurate and timely communication, both verbally and in writing (100%). Requires ability to interact professionally with co-workers, management, and client (100%).

Physical Requirements:

Requires sitting for extended periods in meetings with peers, management, and with our client at NASA facilities to discuss technical issues (10%). Also, requires sitting for extended periods at a desk to write reports and perform engineering tasks (70%), and sitting at an observatory to conduct overnight astronomical observations (5%). Requires ability to use stairs or elevators for access between floors and multiple buildings at NASA and Jacobs facilities (10%). Potential exists to travel to other US government facilities and to conferences (5%).

Equipment and Machines :

Requires ability to operate a personal computer, a telephone, fax machine, copier, calculator, and other general office equipment (100%).


Normal workday is from 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Minimal overtime may be required (10%) to meet schedule milestones and to support technical demands of the job. Regular attendance is a necessity and adequate arrangements for delegating duties during absences are required.

Other Essential Functions:

The ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to make rational decisions, and to exercise good judgment is essential (100%). Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Proof of U.S. Citizenship is required.


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 drug-free workplace.

At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.