Astronomer/Physicist Programmer - AER0002iC

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Jacobs Space Exploration Group
Street Line 1: 
620 Discovery Drive
Street Line 2: 
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

As an Astronomer/Physicist Programmer, the candidate will assist the Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO), located within the MSFC Natural Environments Branch/EV44, in defining the meteoroid environment as it pertains to spacecraft design and risk. An additional task will entail working with the team to characterize bright meteor events occurring over the United States (i.e., “skyfalls”) through the analysis of eyewitness accounts and camera data. The candidate will develop software and tools to analyze meteor-related data, conduct any required astronomical observations, and respond to skyfall events.

Duties will include the following:

Delivering quick-turnaround characterizations of skyfall events to the MEO customer.

Analyzing observational data collected from telescopes, cameras, radiometers or other instrumentation.

Conducting observations of meteors and their parent bodies.

Assisting in the development of models of the meteoroid environment, including meteor showers.

Presenting results to the NASA customer and at conferences.

Publishing results in appropriate journals.


Must have received a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy,

Physics, or related field. Degree from an ABET accredited institution is preferred. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a

minimum of an MS with at least 3 years of experience, or BS with at least 5 years of experience.

The successful candidate must:

Have extensive experience in Python and/or C/C++. Experience with Mathematica is helpful.

Demonstrate the capability to utilize high performance computers.

Demonstrate strong technical writing and presentation skills to present data to internal and external customers.

Have strong customer relations skills - the ability to multi-task and transition between quick turnaround assignments.

Show initiative and be proactive to make connections and build relationships with key players on the tasks.

Demonstrate the capability to plan and perform analyses independently and as a team.

Proof of U.S. Citizenship is required.

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.

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Application Deadline: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Jean Emmans