Space Environments Engineer

Position ID: MCL-SEE-20230718-ADV00061M

Posting Date: July 18, 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 a Space Environments Engineer to join our JETS II contract team at Johnson Space Center.

The JETS Space Environments team is seeking a Space Environments Engineer to provide systems engineering and multidisciplinary technical analysis/modeling support to the different NASA JSC programs.

  • Provide support to the NASA JSC programs in the definition of natural and induced space environments.
  • Provide systems engineering support to the NASA JSC programs ​in space environments requirements and verification activities, working in concert with NASA civil servants and designated contractors.
  • Evaluate induced environmental hazards between elements or vehicles over the operational life period.
  • Conduct systems engineering trade studies to identify potential risks and mitigations.
  • Develop and update semi-empirical and theoretical models.
  • Analyze/model molecular contamination and transport of contaminants from materials outgassing lunar dust, vacuum venting, and rocket engine thruster plumes onto elements/vehicles.
  • Analyze optical property impacts from molecular contamination with exposure to the orbital environment (ultraviolet radiation, ionizing radiation, and atomic oxygen).
  • Analyze/model plasma effects and spacecraft charging.
  • Analyze/model radiation transport and effects on element hardware.
  • Assess the compatibility of spacecraft hardware with natural and induced space environments.
  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience in Computer Programing.
  • Strong analytical and computational skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary field.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Nuclear), Physics, or Chemistry
  • ​​M.S. or Ph.D. in Engineering.
  • 5 or more years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of technical education and experience (e.g. M.S. or Ph.D.).
  • GPA 3.0 or higher.
  • Knowledge of natural and induced Space Environments (Cislunar – Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit (NRHO), Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Geostationary Orbit (GEO), and High Earth Orbit (HEO)).
  • Knowledge of GCR, solar wind/ plasma, CMEs/SEPs, solar irradiance, micrometeoroid, and cislunar gravity models and definitions.
  • Knowledge of lunar dust characteristics and effects.
  • Experience with developing software to implement analytical models.
  • Experience with materials outgassing, molecular transport, thin film deposition, optical property degradation, molecular gas dynamics, and/or multi-phase flows.
  • Experience with hypergolic and Hall Effect thrusters’ operation as well as associated plume characteristics.
  • Experience with plasma charging analyses, ionizing radiation analyses, and/or related tools (NASCAP, SPIS, IRI, AE9/AP9, CREME96, SHIELDOSE, ESP/PHYCHIC, etc).
  • Experience with external contamination/molecular deposition analysis codes and/or tools (e.g, Tecplot, NX, HyperWorks, ParaView, Matlab, LS Dyna, etc.)
  • Experience with the Gateway Program, other NASA programs, and/or other space projects.
  • Experience with the LINUX operating system.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering and a minimum of 2 – 5 years of experience in the field or in a related area.
  • 3 or more years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of technical education and experience (e.g., M.S. or Ph.D.).

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.