Software Development Engineer - (AER0005AN)

  • Jacobs
  • Primary Location: United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC
  • Nov 23, 2020
Full time Construction

Job Description


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. 


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 by challenging today, reinventing tomorrow.


The key purpose of the position is to plan and perform software development and integration activities in support of the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS), Systems Integration Laboratory (SIL) Hardware-in-the-Loop facility (HWIL), and multiple 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 (MSFC).




The Software Development Engineer participates in design and implementation of automation tools for lab configuration, lab maintenance / monitoring, and data analysis. The tools support real-time HWIL simulation systems used in integration activities for the NASA Space Launch System program at MSFC. This individual develops and recommends methods, tools, and designs as a member of a multi-functional laboratory automation development team.

The candidate collects, interprets and documents system requirements; participates in component, subsystem and system concept designs; develops and recommends methods, tools and designs and participates as a member of a multifunctional laboratory automation development team. Some functions of the position are as follows:


  • Initiate and maintain extensive contacts with key engineers/scientists of other organizations and companies, requiring skill in deliberating, advising, advocating, and negotiating resolution of critical issues
  • Work with customer to ensure requirements are documented.
  • Analyze and develop software per customer requirements.
  • Implement source code per detailed designs.
  • Conduct and participate in design and code reviews.
  • Support software integration troubleshooting and bug-fix activities.
  • Develop and execute test plans and procedures.
  • Enter or update documentation into appropriate control systems.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure products meet performance goals.
  • Design and develop python code, unit tests, documentation. 
  • Develop continuous integration pipelines. 
  • Participate in agile team meetings is essential; scrum master role is preferred. 
  • Develop integration test plans, participate in integration testing in a HWIL lab environment.




A degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, or technical related field is required. Degree from an ABET accredited institution preferred. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a BS with at least 10 years of experience, or a master’s with at least 8 years of experience.



Additional requirements and/or desired attributes:

  • Experience in developing software in Python is preferred.
  • Experience with Linux, Windows 10, and Linux shell scripting is preferred.
  • Exposure to tools/languages/standards such as XML, JSON, Git, C/C++/C#, SQL, Javascript, Typescript and React is desirable.
  • Exposure to Scrum/Agile process with Jira, Rally, or Team Foundation Server is desirable.
  • Experience as a Scrum Master or team technical lead is preferred.
  • Experience with hardware interfaces is desirable.


The Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) offers a partnership in which you can grow personally and professionally within a framework of strong leadership, competitive compensation, and rewarding career paths. Come join our team on the Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract whose work is destined to have a long-range effect on future generations!


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Essential Functions

Work Environment:

Office environment. 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 (<15%).


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. 


 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-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC

Job Posting

: Nov 13, 2020, 9:39:48 PM


: Engineering



Job Type

: Experienced
Job Classification: Full-Time Regular

Work Locations

620 Discovery Drive 
 Huntsville 35806
Capabilities: Aerospace Technology and Defense Programs and Facilities