Jacobs Software Developer in Houston, Texas

Software Developer


The International Space Station is a premier science laboratory operating in low Earth orbit where we are learning how to help humans live in space. On the Jacobs JETS contract, we provide services to NASA’s Johnson Space Center that include development of advanced life support technologies for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit using ISS as a Testbed, in this case a dehumidifier/water capture system that will function in zero gravity.

Do you want to play a part in helping humans explore the Moon and Mars? Are you experienced in embedded software development for avionics systems in a Linux environment? If so, join our team and provide solutions to technical challenges that will take humans on exciting new journeys as we explore the solar system!


  • This is a temporary position, expected to end by March 2019\

  • To fulfill this critical role, you will need to perform all aspects of the software development effort, including:

  • Decompose system requirements into software requirements.

  • Design and develop software engineering solutions for complex spaceflight and ground support systems.

  • Develop code per defined requirements.

  • Create and design software while working in a fast-paced, team-centered environment.

  • Perform real-time testing of control development.

  • Maintain strict code version control.

  • Participate as software Subject Matter Expert in CAE project meetings.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


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.

  • BS degree in a computer or system science discipline from an accredited college or university and a minimum of ten (10) years of progressive, relevant experience, or an MS degree in a computer or system science discipline and a minimum of eight (8) years of progressive experience, or a Ph.D. degree in a computer or system science discipline and a minimum of four (4) years of progressive experience. Requires demonstrated technical expertise in engineering systems design and analysis.

  • Strong proficiency and experience within the last year with:

  • Embedded software development

  • Linux kernel and Linux device drivers

  • C/C

  • Scripting languages such as Python

  • Ability to successfully operate in a highly dynamic engineering environment with a team of engineers and software developers working to rapidly develop software on a compressed schedule.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Experience developing software for systems in one or more of the following specialty areas:

  • Algorithms

  • Real-Time Execution

  • Continuous Integration

  • Unit and Integration Testing

  • Communication and Middleware Frameworks

  • Logical Operators and Bit Manipulation

  • Device Drivers

Strong Preferences:

  • Experience with:

  • Flight avionics hardware and software development

  • Electrical design

  • Knowledge of low level shift and byte manipulation functions

  • Ability to combine data from multiple sources


  • MSP430 board familiarity

  • RM48 microcontroller familiarity

  • Familiarity with high-speed HD camera systems

  • Bluetooth

  • System and software configuration management

  • Automation scripting

  • User Interface/User Experience Design

  • Hardware and software integration

  • Data acquisition and processing

  • Software project management and cost estimation

  • Software Development Life Cycle familiarity

Why Work for JETS?

  • Opportunities for growth and advancement

  • Comprehensive Medical Coverage (medical, dental, vision)

  • 401(k)

  • Benefits Tuition Reimbursement

  • Much, much more!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity; for immediate consideration, apply now! ( http://www.wehavespaceforyou.com/ ).

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.

  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been advertised.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 10 lbs (5% of time).

Equipment and Machines

Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.

Other Essential Functions

Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. 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, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Texas-Houston

Req ID: AER00009B