Spacecraft Rendezvous and Proximity Operations GN&C Simulation Engineer

Position ID: MCL-GNC-20230714-ADV0006QQ

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 a Spacecraft Rendezvous and Proximity Operations GN&C Simulation Engineer to join our JETS II contract team at Johnson Space Center.

This position will work on the JETS Rendezvous, Proximity Operations, and Capture (RPOC) team developing on orbit Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) simulations in support of Commercial Visiting Vehicle missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

** 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. **

  • Provide math modeling, simulation development, integration, and testing of commercial visiting vehicle GN&C systems using an established software process.
  • Create and deliver math model and simulation documentation.
  • Identify team simulation tasks, resolve simulation issues, and assist team members.
  • Directly interact with the NASA customer and other NASA support contractors during technical meetings and working groups.
  • Perform other duties as required.

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate’s experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.

  • Ability to apply knowledge/experience towards timely completion of technical products & services.
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills.
  • Ability to work in a multi-company team environment.
  • Strong leadership skills.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Experience with spacecraft rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking.
  • Experience with orbital mechanics.
  • Experience with Git/GitLab.
  • Experience with dynamic simulator development for building flight simulators (e.g., Unreal game engine or similar resources).
  • Experience with simulation visualization and graphics packages, particularly JSC EDGE or DOUG.
  • Experience with JSC TRICK Simulation Environment.
  • Experience with JEOD (JSC Engineering Orbital Dynamics) modeling package.
  • Experience with LaTeX.
  • Experience in product delivery and management utilizing source code management tools.
  • Proficiency in MATLAB/Simulink.
  • NASA flight operations and procedures.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering and a minimum of 2 – 5 years of experience in the field or in a related area.
  • Experience with Linux, C/C++ and/or Python.
  • Experience with version control systems.
  • Experience with GN&C principles.
  • Experience developing, verifying, and validating math models and simulations

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.