Senior Systems Engineer

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Huntsville , AL 35801

Posted 2 weeks ago

Jacobs leads the global professional services sector delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. With $15.0 billion in combined revenue and a talent force more than 77,000 strong, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional, construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors. For more information, visit

Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) is comprised of 10 companies and is located at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL (ranked #11 in Best Places to Live by U.S. News). JSEG has been a primary contractor for NASA since 1989 and supports marquee NASA programs, including the Space Launch System, International Space Station, space optics fabrication, earth and space sciences and advanced propulsion system development. As a partner in NASA's next generation of space exploration, our jobs are literally history in the making.

Position Description:

The Senior Systems Engineer supports SLS Program / NASA systems on the Jacobs ESSCA contract.

The key purpose of the position is to plan and perform systems engineering activities associated with the development, integration and verification/validation of SLS Emulators that will be delivered and integrated into facilities used to develop/test the NASA Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), the Second Stage Rocket (Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) or Exploration Upper Stage (EUS)) and the Launch Control System. This position may also contribute to the plan and perform systems engineering activities associated with the development, integration and verification/validation of SLS Integration and Test Facilities (IATF) and Software Development Facilities (SDFs) that will be used to verify the integrated avionics system for the Space Launch System (SLS) at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.


The Senior Systems Engineer will provide systems engineering support to the NASA SLS Avionics and Ground Systems Test Branch (ES53) at MSFC in support of the Space Launch System (SLS) program. The engineer will apply systems engineering methods to define/evaluate SLS IATF, SDF and Emulator requirements, interfaces and plan/support IATF, SDF and emulator verification/validation activities.

Additional responsibilities are defined below:

  • Perform or coordinate systems engineering activities including Trade Studies and Analysis, Requirements Definition and Traceability, Requirements Allocation and Verification, Interface Definition, System Integration and test, and Design Verification and Validation.

  • Work closely with personnel involved in the development and operation of the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) labs, the Second Stage Rocket (Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) labs or Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) labs) and the Launch Control System labs.

  • Work closely with SLS IATF software, hardware, and facility development personnel during development and operation of SLS emulators and IATF facilities as needed.

  • Implement project verification and validation strategies by defining and delivering verification and validation project deliverables.

  • Work with hardware and software development teams to create, review, and approve verification and validation deliverables.

  • Review requirements for products to ensure that requirements and specifications can be verified and validated, including risk mitigations, usability and NASA requirements.

  • Work with hardware and software development teams to understand the product configurations being developed.

  • Identify the data that will be required to show objectively that all configurations of the product meet their requirements, as well as the customer needs.

  • Ensure that all test systems and equipment are appropriately validated and controlled.

  • Review and analyze SLS Emulator / IATF system test data and record pass/fail results and conclusions. Ensure that results are traced to requirements.

  • Measure and report on progress toward completion of verification and validation.

  • Summarize the verification and validation performed, the data reviewed, and conclusions reached in compliance.

  • Support completion of development testing, to characterize designs and understand trade-offs.

  • Project deliverables may include producing and/or reviewing verification and/or validation plans, protocols, and reports; execution of the plans and protocols; and resolving deviations.

  • Manage timeline for verification and validation activities and generate status reports.

These activities will continue as the launch vehicle architecture matures and the SLS program completes program phases, reviews and schedule milestones.

This position will be posted for a minimum of 14 days. If a candidate has not been selected at that time, it will continue to be posted until a suitable candidate is selected or the position is closed.

Resumes, in month and year format, must be submitted with application in order to be considered for the position.


A degree in Aerospace, Electrical, Software or Systems Engineering, Computer Science or a degree in a related technical discipline. A degree from an ABET accredited university preferred. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D., with a minimum 9 years of experience, Masters with at least 13 years of experience, or BS with at least 15 years of experience.

Systems engineering experience supporting hardware and software integration, requirements development, verification and validation, and testing is preferred.

Additional requirements:

  • Defining simulation system level requirements and software requirements.

  • Creating verification and validation plans, protocols, and reports.

  • Design, development, and operation of Hardware-In-the-Loop (HWIL) integration and test facilities.

  • Hardware-in-the-loop testing, avionics testing, flight software, launch vehicle simulations, and/or avionics systems engineering experience.

  • Test system certification and simulation software accreditation

  • Maintenance of avionics integration labs and deployed emulator systems.

  • Previous launch vehicle trajectory analysis experience.

  • Evaluation of Avionics models used in HWIL systems.

  • Definition of processes/procedures associated with the full life cycle of HWIL integration/test facilities and deployed emulator systems.

  • Familiarity with NASA Systems Engineering policies and procedures is desired.

  • Excellent communication skills, technical writing, and presentation skills are required.

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Essential Functions

Work Environment:

General office environment (100%). Requires ability to provide clear, concise, accurate and timely communication, both verbally and in writing (100%). Requires ability to interact professionally with co-workers, management, and client (100%). Requires travel in the domestic USA (< />

Physical Requirements:

Requires sitting for extended periods of time in meetings with peers, management, and with our client at NASA facilities to discuss technical issues (10%). Also, requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk to write reports and perform engineering tasks (80%). Requires ability to use stairs or elevators for access between floors and multiple buildings at NASA and Jacobs facilities (<10%).>

Equipment and Machines:

Requires ability to operate a personal computer, a telephone, fax machine, copier, calculator, and other general office equipment (100%).


Normal workday is from 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Minimal overtime may be required (10%) to meet schedule milestones and to support technical demands of the job. Regular attendance is a necessity and adequate arrangements for delegating duties during absences are required.

Other Essential Functions:

The ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to make rational decisions, and to exercise good judgment is essential (100%). Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Proof of U.S. Citizenship is required.


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