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Jacobs Senior Systems Engineer 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.

Position Description:

This opportunity will provide systems engineering and design integration support to the Systems Design & Definition Branch/EV72 for the Space Launch System (SLS) Chief Engineer (CE) and the SLS Lead System Engineer (LSE), and to the MSFC Systems Engineering and Integration Division (EV70).

The successful candidate will provide systems engineering and interface integration/definition support for oversight management and cross-program integration of SLS. Will coordinate and interface with SLS Level 2 Discipline Lead Engineers (DLEs), Elements, MSFC Lab Personnel, and project teams in support of the SLS CE and LSE. Will also be working with Cross-Program personnel from Orion and Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Programs.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitate vehicle level system engineering and integration of the vehicle functional design and performance in concert with SLS personnel as well as Cross-Program personnel to accomplish the needs of the SLS CE and LSE.

  • Identify design options within the solution space and lead or support trade studies, systems analyses, or other activities to define optimum solutions for the integrated system.

  • Perform technical assessments of proposed presentation materials to understand the impacts imposed by modifications; suggests appropriate changes to improve the document(s). This effort is in support of the SLS Engineering Review Board (SERB) as well as the SLS Integration Control Board (SICB).

  • Assist with the functional decomposition of the interface requirements into verification requirements for SLS and for SLS to ground interfaces.

  • Specific support to be provided and performed includes:

  • Support the SERB by assisting the SLS Chief Engineer in the scheduling of board topics and presentations. Assists the CE by generating verbiage for action items, ensures that minutes of board meetings are complete and correct, and generates short summaries to communicate with management across the Human Exploration Organization (HEO) Mission Directorate.

  • Lead or co-lead forums or working groups which include representatives from other ESD Programs and NASA Centers to address emerging technical issues, related to SLS interfaces, which will prevent proceeding with either the assembly or launch of Artemis missions.

  • Coordinate and collaborate with partners to facilitate the transmission of Program Assessment Requests (PARs) between the SLS and EGS Programs. Regularly update and provide a status of PARs for SLS Program awareness.

  • Lead and/or support trades related to SLS-EGS interfaces, e.g. ML-2 Damper Separation System Trade, to ensure engineering solutions are developed to support program milestones. Review and provide feedback on pre-briefings and SICB/JICB presentation to ensure completeness and technical accuracy.

  • Perform technical integration across multiple NASA Centers, diverse engineering and program/project organizations, and a variety of engineering disciplines.

  • Lead and/or support critical mission event studies, process improvement studies, affordability improvement activities, or other studies focused on improving overall design, systems integration, systems operation, or life cycle cost.

Here’s What You’ll Need:


Degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Systems Engineering or a degree in a related technical discipline synergistic with launch vehicle design is required. Degree from an ABET accredited institution preferred. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Masters with at least 13 years of relevant experience or a BS with at least 15 total years of relevant experience in systems engineering and integration, launch vehicle interface definition, and/or interface requirement verification.

The candidate is required to have:

  • An understanding and knowledge of the current SLS program with five years of experience, and a working understanding of the SLS vehicle, MPCV, and EGS interfaces is highly desired.

  • At least 10 total years of relevant experience working in requirements management, functional design, design integration, and/or requirement validation for complex systems of systems.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering executive level briefings.

  • Strong negotiation skills demonstrated through technical problem solving and the demonstrated ability to breakdown problems or issues into manageable pieces are expected.

  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, customer relation skills, and presentation skills are required.

  • Intermediate skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Outlook) are required

Personnel are required to be self-motivated, effective team players/builders familiar with working in a dynamic work environment who are willing to assume a Systems Integration role in this SLS systems design and definition effort.

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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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