Jacobs GN&C Modeling and Simulation Developer in Houston, Texas

GN&C Modeling and Simulation Developer


Jacobs Technology is the advanced technology arm of Jacobs Engineering (NYSE:JEC), one of the largest engineering and technical service companies in the United States. Jacobs has partnered with NASA to support space flight programs for more than 40 years and held the predecessor Engineering and Science Contract (ESC) since 2005. We look forward to continuing that work as the prime contractor for the JSC Engineering, Technology, and Science (JETS) contract along with our eleven teammate companies to provide engineering, scientific and technical contract services at NASA's Johnson Space Center (Houston, TX). JETS provides products and technical services related to human operations in space through development and integration of a broad spectrum of engineering requirements. This includes human spacecraft flight and flight development products, human exploration mission planning for NASA, institution support services, and new technology development. At Jacobs, we believe that people are our greatest asset, and that is why we offer a partnership in which you can grow personally and professionally with the advantages of strong leadership, competitive compensation and rewarding career paths.

Our long-term client relationship with NASA has led to a need for a GN&C Modeling and Simulation Developer.

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).

The GN&C Modeling and Simulation Developer will:

  • Provide math modeling and simulation development, integration and testing of commercial visiting vehicle GN&C systems

  • Develop formal math model and simulation documentation

  • Identify team simulation tasks, resolve simulation related issues and assist team members.

  • Directly interact with the NASA customers, along with various NASA support contractors, during technical meetings and working groups.

  • Perform other duties as required.


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

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

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics of Physics from an accredited school with a minimum of five (5) years of related experience, or a Master’s degree in Mathematics of Physics from an accredited school and a minimum of four (4) years of related experience, or a Ph.D. in Mathematics or Physics

  • Experience with Linux, C/C and/or Python

  • Experience with version control systems

  • Experience developing, verifying, and validating math models and simulations

  • Ability to apply knowledge and experience towards timely completion of technical products and services

  • Excellent communication and documentation skills and the ability to work in a team environment consisting of NASA civil servants and various contractor employees

  • Strong leadership skills


  • Experience with Git/GitLab

  • Previous experience with simulation visualization and graphics packages, particularly JSC EDGE or DOUG

  • Experience with:

  • JSC TRICK Simulation Environment

  • JEOD (JSC Engineering Orbital Dynamics) modeling package

  • LaTeX

  • TCP/IP socket programming

  • Experience in product delivery and management utilizing source code management tools

  • Proficiency in MATLAB/Simulink

  • Orbital mechanics and GN&C principles

  • NASA flight operations and procedures

Why Work for JETS?

  • Opportunities for growth and advancement

  • Comprehensive Medical Coverage (medical, dental, vision)

  • 401(k)

  • Benefits Tuition Reimbursement

  • Much, much more!

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.

  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been advertised.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 10 lbs (5% of time).

Equipment and Machines

Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.

Other Essential Functions

Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Primary Location United States-Texas-Houston

Req ID: AS0001UA