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: Tom Prior
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Jacobs Engineering
Application Due Date: Friday, April 15 2022
Web Link: https://jacobs.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=ADV0002MP

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 are actively searching for qualified candidates for this potential opening; however, we do not have assurance at this time when the position will be finalized and opened. Because we have strong reason to believe the position will be approved soon, we are proceeding with identifying qualified candidates and conducting interviews. **

We are looking for an Orbital Debris Modeling Scientist to join our team. Do you have the following skills?


The selected candidate will:


  • Solve problems in applied physics and engineering, including basic research and algorithm development to support NASA missions
  • Develop, document, maintain and operate computer models and databases of the orbital debris environment
  • 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


Here’s What You’ll Need:

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.

  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited school in science related field and a minimum of four (4) years direct experience, or Master’s degree and two (2) years of direct experience, or Ph.D. and zero (0) years of related experience.
  • Experience with orbital mechanics
  • Experience with statistical analysis and data reduction
  • Experience developing mathematical modeling methods and algorithms
  • Experience with large-scale simulations, including Monte Carlo modeling
  • Experience with FORTRAN, MATLAB, Python, and high level computer programming languages
  • Experience developing, verifying, and validating computer models


Requisition Preferences:

  • Experience with space environment modeling
  • Experience analyzing orbital debris measurement data
  • Experience with orbital debris detection search strategies for optical and/or radar measurements
  • Experience with data mining or machine learning
  • Experience with C/C++
  • Experience with configuration management
  • Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstration of strong communication skills
  • Demonstration of creativity, conception, vision, and personal initiative