Orion GN&C Simulation Engineer

Position ID: MCL-GNC-20230714-ADV00036M

Posting Date: July 14, 2023

Location: Houston, TX

Are you passionate about human space exploration, understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a passionate and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you!

We need your talent, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire people all over the globe. We need you to bring creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will enable the exploration of space while benefiting people here on Earth. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on exciting challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working together with NASA at centers across the United States.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Orion GN&C Simulation Engineer to work with our JETS II contract team at Johnson Space Center.

** We are actively searching for qualified candidates for this potential opening; however, we do not have assurance at this time when the position will be finalized and opened. Because we have strong reason to believe the position will be approved soon, we are proceeding with identifying qualified candidates and conducting interviews. **

This position will work with the JETS engineers and the NASA customer to develop 6-DOF Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) simulations in support of various NASA programs including the Orion and Gateway Programs These simulation tools are being developed to assist in the design, development, and oversight of the respective GN&C FSW including ascent, ascent/abort, entry/descent/landing, orbit, and rendezvous proximity operations & docking (RPOD) mission scenarios.

  • Simulation model development and validation (for support of GN&C algorithm development and the other analyses)
  • Simulation scenario development and maintenance
  • Data analysis and data preparation and presentation of results
  • On-site support of pilot-in-the-loop work and studies
  • Supporting the GN&C algorithm developers in setting up simulations and debugging
  • EDGE graphics support (model development and integration with Ramtares simulation)
  • Directly interact with the NASA customers, along with various NASA support contractors, during technical meetings and working groups
  • Perform other duties as required
  • Experience with TRICK/JEOD simulation architecture
  • Expertise with the Ramtares and Antares simulation environments
  • Knowledge of MATLAB and Simulink/Stateflow toolboxes
  • Experience developing GN&C based simulation models
  • Ability to code (Cpp, Python, Simulink) and implement simulation architecture updates
  • Experience with Linux, C/C++ and Python
  • General GN&C knowledge to debug model (sensor, dynamics, etc) and FSW performance
  • Simulation data analysis (take simulation data from a set of analysis runs and develop/present informative deliverable)
  • EDGE graphics model development (CAD, Blender, etc)
  • EDGE simulation interface development (edge keys, relative nav overlays, etc)
  • Ability to learn and work independently
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills and the ability to work in a team environment consisting of NASA civil servants and various contractor employees

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • MS in Aerospace Engineering
  • Basic understanding of spacecraft dynamics and operations (RPOD) experience
  • Experience with version control systems such as Git
  • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school and five (5) years of related engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and four (4) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering school and zero (0) years of related experience.

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.