Orbital Debris Modeling Scientist

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Orbital Debris Research and Science Operations
City: Houston
State/Province: Texas
Country: USA
Contact Person: Alyssa Manis
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Jacobs
Application Due Date: Saturday, April 01 2023
Web Link: https://jacobs.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=ADV0004YB

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

We need your talent, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire people all over the globe. We need you to bring creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will enable the exploration of space while benefiting people here on Earth. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on exciting challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working together with NASA at centers across the United States. 

We have an exciting opportunity for a Orbital Debris Modeling Scientist to join our team with the Science & Exploration Division.

The Orbital Debris Modeling Scientist will:​

  • Develop, document, maintain, and operate computer models and databases of the orbital debris environment
  • Provide data analysis for measurement data in direct support of orbital debris/space object engineering models
  • Work closely with JETS Orbital Debris Research & Science Operations (ODRSO) colleagues and NASA Orbital Debris Program Office (ODPO) customers
  • Present work products to customers and counterparts (written & verbal)
  • Support and participate in technical interchange meetings
  • Perform other duties as required

Requisition Qualifications:

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 BS degree is required
  • Experience with orbital mechanics
  • Experience developing and implementing mathematical orbital modeling methods and algorithms, including developing empirical models
  • Experience with high-level programming and analysis languages, such as FORTRAN, MATLAB, and/or Python
  • Experience developing, verifying, and validating computer models​

Requisition Preferences:

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD degree in astronomy, planetary sciences, aerospace engineering, or other related field from an accredited school
  • Experience with orbital mechanics in near-Earth or other environments
  • Experience with large-scale orbital evolution simulations, including Monte Carlo simulation
  • Experience analyzing orbital debris measurement data
  • Experience with statistical analysis and data reduction
  • Experience with software development and maintenance, including code testing and optimization
  • Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstration of strong communication skills
  • Demonstration of creativity, conception, vision, and personal initiative​