SPLICE Precision Landing Engineer - (ADV00008V)

  • Jacobs
  • United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG
  • Jul 30, 2020
Full time Construction

Job Description


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


We need your commitment, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire humans all over the globe.  We need you to bring innovative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will benefit the quality of life of people around the world.  We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on new challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration.  Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working alongside NASA at centers across the United States.


We have the unique and significant role to partner with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC), to be part of every human spaceflight program – the International Space Station (ISS), NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will carry astronauts into deep space, and Gateway, the orbiting platform providing the home for astronauts to work and travel back and forth to the moon’s surface, and serving as the platform for deep space exploration.  From critical systems on the ISS to enable astronauts to live and work in space; to performing advanced development for systems leading to deep space exploration; to being part of the foundation for Gateway. 


We also partner with NASA at JSC, the only NASA center in the United States to curate all astromaterial samples returned from exploration missions, to perform curation services, orbital debris analysis, and basic research to further humankind’s understanding of the origins of our solar system.


We need you to be a part of our team!


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.


We are currently in need of SPLICE Precision Landing Engineer to join our team. Do you have the following skills?


The SPLICE project plans to develop, mature, demonstrate, and infuse precision landing and hazard avoidance (PL&HA) technologies for NASA and for potential commercial spaceflight missions.

PL&HA technology advancements are being pursued in the following areas:

  • Navigation Doppler Lidar, which provides direct velocity and ranging measurements using Doppler-based techniques.

  • Hazard Detection Lidar, capable of generating a real-time, 3-D terrain map within a 50-meter radius of the landing target, at a sufficient range to allow for safe landing site determination.

  • Algorithms for performing guidance and navigation, including Terrain Relative Navigation and Hazard Detection.

  • Advanced computing capabilities, via a high performance space computing-based platform with a path to spaceflight, capable of supporting processing-intensive algorithms for navigation and image processing. 

To demonstrate the maturation of the technologies, an integrated ground test and flight test capability will be developed as part of the project. This includes an integrated hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) simulation, aircraft testing, helicopter testing, and suborbital flight testing onboard a commercial, reusable rocket vehicle.

The candidate will:
  • Support the research and formulation of algorithms for precision landing guidance.
  • Support development of novel guidance algorithms that are delivered to JSC simulation developers. 

Specific tasks include:

  • Contribute to the first-principles formulation of new guidance algorithms for precision landing and proximity operations.
  • Contribute to the GN&C systems architecture to robustly infuse new guidance algorithms.
  • Implement new algorithms in MATLAB/C/C++ for delivery to JSC personnel for their follow-on evaluation within simulations and testbeds.
  • Conduct low-fidelity simulation-based analyses of guidance algorithms performance within various generic/fictitious vehicle architectures.
  • Partner in the integration and implementation of new guidance algorithms with navigation algorithms.
  • 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.

  • 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.

Skills and experience should demonstrate:

  • Experience developing guidance and control algorithms for precision landing and rendezvous proximity operations.

  • Knowledge of trajectory optimization techniques using convex optimization methodology on computationally constrained hardware platforms.

  • Knowledge of safety critical human rated flight system requirements.

  • Experience with simulation and modeling of aerospace systems.

  • Expertise with MATLAB/Simulink.

  • Proficiency with C/C++ and the Python scripting language.

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

  • The ability to ask questions and state concerns in a high pressure environment.

  • Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

  • Expertise with technology development in the NASA Entry/Descent/Landing (EDL) community.

Why Work on Our Team? 

Click on the below links to view just a small sample of all that we do!  Come join our team and be part of our future.  We look forward to seeing you!


See What We Do

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In addition to exciting career opportunities we also have:

  • Excellent personal and professional career growth
  • 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)
  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)
  • Comprehensive Benefit Package (medical, dental & vision)
  • 401(k)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Much, much more!

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center, please visit www.wehavespaceforyou.com

  • 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 25 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.



 Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language. 

Primary Location

: United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG

Job Posting

: Jul 29, 2020, 2:10:35 AM


: Aerospace



Job Type

: Experienced
Job Classification: Full-Time Regular

Work Locations

2224 Bay Area Boulevard 
 Houston 77058
Capabilities: Aerospace Technology and Defense Programs and Facilities