Computer Science – Virtual Reality Engineer

at Jacobs
Published May 26, 2023
Location Huntsville, AL
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


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Your Impact:

Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) is comprised of 10 companies and is located at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL (ranked #1 in Best Places to Live by U.S. News 2022-23). 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.


The Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) is seeking a Software Engineer to support the NASA Space Systems/Software Department. The ideal candidate will be a part of the Science and Technology team working with C/C++ programming language using the core Flight System (cFS) in support of the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) project bringing samples from Mars back to Earth.

The candidate should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as they will be responsible for collaborating with cross-functional teams and documenting software requirements and design. If you have a passion for space, NASA, and cutting-edge technology, come join our team on the Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract!

Here’s What You’ll Need:


Candidate shall have a bachelor’s or higher-level degree in computer science, software engineering, electrical engineering, or a related engineering field or engineering discipline. Degree from an ABET accredited institution is preferred. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a BS with over 10 years of experience working in software development environments. The candidate should be proactive, detail-oriented, and able to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

  • Candidate must possess and maintain a valid driver's license, automobile liability insurance and successfully complete a company defensive driving training class.

  • The candidate should be proactive, detail-oriented, and able to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Technical experience with and proficient in:

  • Designing, developing, and testing embedded spaceflight software and testing software in compliance with organizational/project coding standards.

  • Strong software development skills in various languages (including C++, C, python).

  • Atlassian tools suite (i.e. Jira, etc.).

  • Agile methodologies.

  • Continuous Integration Practices.

  • Configuration Management Tools (i.e. GitHub).

  • Software/Hardware integration, debugging and troubleshooting.

  • UML Modeling.

  • Various communication / protocol interfaces (i.e. Ethernet, RS422, 1553, cPCI, etc.).

  • Working with a software development team in an Agile Development Environment.

  • Ability to work proactively, independently, and within a diverse team.

  • Ability to communicate professionally with customers, stakeholders, and cross-organizational team members; possess good communication skills.

Desirable experience would include:

  • Familiarity of NASA NPR 7150.2.

  • Experience with the core Flight System framework.

  • Experience with spacecraft or launch vehicle software development.

  • Experience developing embedded software on PowerPC architecture or other platforms.

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 (<10%).

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 7:30 – 4:30, 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.


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