Science Analysis Software Developer - CUDA - (AER0005A2)

  • Jacobs
  • Primary Location: United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC
  • Dec 08, 2020
Full time Construction

Job Description

Your Impact:

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 by challenging today, reinventing tomorrow.


Position Description:

Write and test Neural Network-based science analysis software for the Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) Science Operations Center (SOC). IXPE is a new NASA astrophysics space observatory due to be launched in late 2021. IXPE scientists will study astronomical sources in the X-ray energy range by measuring the polarization of cosmic X-rays

Analyze, adapt, test, and integrate into the science data processing chain an existing prototype Machine Learning program to analyze images of the charge distribution resulting from the absorption of X-rays.  The prototype program will have to be adapted to read inputs and write outputs in existing formats.  Additionally, a prototype weighting scheme that is applied to the events during ensemble analysis will have to be adapted and tested.

The software will be written in Python to run on a CUDA GPU.  The processing pipeline into which this software will be integrated is targeted for Linux hosts.  The software, parameters, and any new data formats are required to be documented according to NASA standards (NPR 7150.2).

Here's What You'll Need:

Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a BS and 15 years' experience, an MS and 13 years' experience or a PhD and 9 years' experience.  A degree in Software, Systems, Aerospace Engineering or equivalent is required.  

Additional Skills:

Mastery of programming for the CUDA platform (at least one year’s experience) including programming via at least one commonly available Python package (e.g. Torch) required.

Experience programming in C and Python required.

Familiarity with Python, Neural Networks, HEASARC Flexible Image Transfer System (FITS) file format and FTOOLS, Python unit testing tools, the Linux environment, and the GIT version control system preferred.


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!  For more information on why Huntsville is known as “one of the smartest cities in the nation”, check out these websites


 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.



 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

: Dec 2, 2020, 9:23:30 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