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X-Ray Scientist

at Jacobs

Posted: 8/14/2019
Job Reference #: AS0004M3
Keywords: research, laboratory

Job Description

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


We need your commitment, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire humans all over the globe.  We need you to bring innovative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will benefit the quality of life of people around the world.  We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on new challenges for NASA's pursuits in deep space exploration.  Jacobs is NASA's largest engineering solutions provider working alongside NASA at centers across the United States.


We have the unique and significant role to partner with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC), to be part of every human spaceflight program – the International Space Station (ISS), NASA's Orion spacecraft, which will carry astronauts into deep space, and Gateway, the orbiting platform providing the home for astronauts to work and travel back and forth to the moon's surface, and serving as the platform for deep space exploration.  From critical systems on the ISS to enable astronauts to live and work in space; to performing advanced development for systems leading to deep space exploration; to being part of the foundation for Gateway. 


We also partner with NASA at JSC, the only NASA center in the United States to curate all astromaterial samples returned from exploration missions, to perform curation services, orbital debris analysis, and basic research to further humankind's understanding of the origins of our solar system.


We need you to be a part of our team!


We are currently in need of an X-Ray Scientist to join our team.  Do you have the following skills?


**We are actively searching for qualified candidates for this potential opening, however we do not have assurance at this time if and 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.**


As an X-Ray Scientist you will:

  • Operate and maintain X-ray laboratory based computed tomography and fluorescence instrumentation.
  • Perform X-ray analysis and maintain a research program on extraterrestrial rocks utilizing X-ray computed tomography and fluorescence techniques.
  • Lead efforts to develop non- or minimally-destructive X-ray characterization techniques for use on current astromaterial collections (e.g. Apollo lunar samples and Antarctic meteorites), as well as planning for future collections (e.g., OSIRIS-REx samples).
  • Write and/or contribute to abstracts, peer reviewed journal articles, and grant proposals related to X-ray analysis of astromaterials in a range of roles from primary investigator to collaborator.
  • Contribute processed data from X-ray analysis to public Astromaterials newsletters to announce new targets of opportunity for sample requests.
  • Perform other duties as 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.


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 the position has been advertised.

  • BS degree from an accredited college or university in an associated technical discipline and four (4) years related experience, or MS degree in an associated technical discipline with two (2) years of related experience, or Ph.D. in an associated technical discipline.
  • Experience in X-ray computed tomography and fluorescence analysis of rocks or related dense materials as demonstrated by a record of journal publications or professional meeting presentations.
  • Experience operating and maintaining X-ray computed tomography and fluorescence instrumentation or a strong interest in learning.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
    Willingness to proactively contact/communicate with peers, collaborators, and outside organizations.
  • Ability/willingness to give technical presentations as needed to scientific peers.
  • Ability to write or assist in writing reports, technical documents/records, and scientific papers as needed.


  • Ph.D. in geology, physics, chemistry, material science or a related field.
  • Experience in X-ray computed tomography and fluorescence analysis of rocks.
  • Be an expert in relevant data processing/analysis software packages associated with X-ray computed tomography, including, but not limited to, VG Studio Max, Avizo, and ImageJ.

  • Experience working with extraterrestrial samples. 

 Why Work for Jacobs?

Click on the below links to view just a small sample of all that we do!  Come join our team and be part of our future.  We look forward to seeing you!
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In addition to exciting career opportunities we also have:
  • Excellent personal and professional career growth
  • 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)
  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)
  • Comprehensive Benefit Package (medical, dental & vision)
  • 401(k)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Much, much more!
For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center, please visit 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 25 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.