Senior Technical Staff, Computer Modeling

Position ID: MCL-CMP-06092022

Posting Date: June 9, 2022

Location: Houston, TX

Mclaurin Aerospace is currently seeking exceptionally qualified candidates to fill a Senior Technical Staff position in the area of computer modeling supporting NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Mclaurin Aerospace Technical Staff provide critical expertise to government sponsors supporting programs of national significance.

In this position, the candidate will:

  • Solve problems in applied physics and engineering, including basic research and algorithm development to support NASA missions
  • Develop, document, maintain and operate computer models and databases of the orbital debris environment
  • Work closely with JETS Orbital Debris Research & Science Operations (ODRSO) colleagues and NASA Orbital Debris Program Office (ODPO) customers
  • Present work products to customers and counterparts (written & verbal)
  • Support and participate in technical interchange meetings
  • Perform other duties as required

Senior Technical Staff provide industry-leading technical expertise to government and prime contractor sponsors, and perform simulations, analyses, and designs, often working with representatives of multiple disciplines to optimize software integration across diverse elements and vehicles while supporting an integrated program and/or mission goal.


BS degree from an accredited school in science related field and a minimum of 14 years direct experience, or Master’s degree and 12 years of direct experience, or Ph.D. and nine (9) years direct experience

Relevant skills include:

  • Advanced experience with orbital mechanics
  • Advanced experience with statistical analysis and data reduction
  • Experience developing mathematical modeling methods and algorithms
  • Experience with large-scale simulations, including Monte Carlo modeling
  • Experience with FORTRAN, MATLAB, Python, and high level computer programming languages
  • Experience developing, verifying, and validating computer models

Candidates must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with the customer and other participants through regular engagement in task team meetings, technical interchange meetings, and program reviews. Experience with Microsoft Office products is also required.

Candidates with experience in any of the following are preferred and will be given special consideration:

  • Experience with space environment modeling
  • Experience analyzing orbital debris measurement data
  • Experience with orbital debris detection search strategies for optical and/or radar measurements
  • Experience with data mining or machine learning
  • Experience with C/C++
  • Experience with configuration management

Mclaurin is a unique organization with a special focus on combining the best features of research and industry in order to foster innovation. Our organization strongly supports research, publication, and engagement with the academic community. We encourage our employees to remain on the cutting edge of new developments in their respective disciplines. Prospective candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, and if applicable, a list of relevant publications and research using the contact form below.

US Citizenship and the ability to pass a comprehensive security background investigation is required.

Mclaurin is an Equal Opportunity 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.