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Jacobs Avionics Lead Integrator in Huntsville, Alabama

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Your Impact:

Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) is located at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL (ranked #1 in Best Places to Live by U.S. News for 2022-2023). 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.

Position Description:

The ES12 Avionics Systems Integration Branch needs a Level II Avionics Lead Integrator for the Integrated Measurement and Command System (IMACS) and 209 Databases. The IMACS Level II Subtask manages all of the telemetry and command parameters for the Space Launch System (SLS) flight vehicle. Data parameters managed by IMACS makes this system critical for the success of the SLS and the associated ground and Orion systems and subsequent operations. The 209 Database maintains the test configurations for all vehicle elements and ground systems across the Space Launch System.

The responsibilities of this position include but will not be limited to:

  • The successful candidate will be the IMACS Level II Subtask Lead and oversee the maintenance of the 209 database.

  • Provide direct support to the customer’s Integrated and Avionics and Software (IAS) Lead Systems and Integration Engineer and his alternate.

  • Specific duties shall include but not be limited to the coordination of Level II updates and SLS and cross program approvals of the SLS telemetry and command and test configuration databases and content within the SLS Programs.

  • Develop documentation and presentations used to manage the IMACS and 209 databases and interfaces, gain customer concurrence for required changes and inform stakeholders of IMACS changes and releases impacting SLS, ground and Orion systems.

  • Support the delivery of the SLS telemetry and command database(s) and product releases by coordinating, collaborating with and providing content requirements to the database lead developer(s). The successful candidate will also support the update and approval of specifications and related documentation from inception through formal release.

  • Serve as an expert in avionics systems management responsible for the integration of launch vehicle avionics (integrated hardware and software) for the Space Launch System (SLS) launch vehicle and future lander and habitat programs.

  • Provide subject matter expert level support to the Systems Engineering and Integration Division within the Space Systems Department at MSFC. This will require the successful candidate to present monthly to Department Management on the status of IMACS and the 209 Databases.

  • Oversee the management and advancement of internally developed tools used to manage the delivery of the IMACS Level II product.

  • Oversee the management and advancement of internally developed tools used to manage the delivery of the 209 test configuration database(s).

  • Gather and provide regular status and technical input to the JS12 Team Lead as directed.

The following duties are related to this subtask:

  • Lead IMACS and 209 meetings where decisions are made and tracked relative to the IMACS and 209 activities.

  • Develop Change Packages for the IMACS and 209 databases for approval by the customer’s Joint Integration Control Board for the SLS, launch site ground systems, Orion, and future NASA programs.

  • Review and provide disposition of Preliminary Interface Revision Notices impacting Internal Element ICDs that affect the IMACS and 209 databases or are affected by changes to these databases.

  • Perform analysis between changes to evolving IMACS and 209 databases with the ability to understand root-cause of any issues identified.

  • Support submission, tracking, disposition, resolution, and implementation of Problem Reports affecting the IMACS and/or 209 databases.

  • Enter or oversee entry of data into the Problem Report Tracking Systems and needed.

  • Coordinate with stakeholders, end users and data providers, for the implementation of updates to the IMACS and 209 databases.

  • Support updates to IMACS standards (i.e. CTRMES SLS-STD-172) and perform related Level II documentation updates.

  • Develop material for presentation to SLS, Ground Systems and Orion Project Management and change boards.

  • Work closely with and support Level III IMACS software development personnel by coordinating IMACS requirement updates and schedules.

  • Support the development and mentoring of new Avionics Systems Integration Team members.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Here’s What You’ll Need:


Degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Systems Engineering or a related technical discipline is required. Degree from an ABET accredited institution preferred. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D., with a minimum 19 years of experience, Masters with at least 23 years of experience, or BS with at least 25 years of experience.

The successful candidate must:

  • Possess a strong technical back ground and understand the relationships of telemetry, commanding and integrated hardware and software test configurations and databases.

  • Be able to demonstrate his or her soft skills through his or her previous successful interaction with his or her colleges.

  • Have written and presented technical data in front of large audiences. This is a critical skill required for this position since it involves presenting in front of upper NASA management.

Essential Functions

Work Environment:

General office environment (100%). 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%). Requires travel in the domestic USA (<5%).

Physical Requirements:

Requires sitting for extended periods of time in meetings with peers, management, and with our client at NASA facilities to discuss technical issues (10%). Also, requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk to write reports and perform engineering tasks (80%). Requires ability to use stairs or elevators for access between floors and multiple buildings at NASA and Jacobs facilities (<10%).

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.


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