Electronics Design Engineer – Embedded Systems Development (ADV0000C9)

Engineering Research
September 2, 2020
Houston, TX
Job Type


ERC is a servant-leader oriented company with approximately 1,800 employees and multiple contracts across the US.  We believe that our culture has a direct influence on the job satisfaction of our employees and is reflected in the outstanding quality of service received by our customers. 

Your role:

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.

What you’ll do all day:

  • Report directly to the Electronics and Electrical Design Section Manager as part of group of over 50 other Electronics and Electrical Engineers.
  • Work directly with NASA Johnson Space Center and the Avionics Division Branch in designing an embedded Protocol Translator Systems that will interface with a NASA simulation computer and Blue Origin provided sensor and Flight Computer.
  • Contribute directly to the design of the Protocol Translator for the Human Landor System (HLS) Hardware-in-the-Loop (HITL) Simulation Interface Development with an emphasis on creating new, integrated electrical system designs with Blue Origin provided sensors and Flight Computer.
  • Support new designs from conception, analysis, and manufacturing, through to operational test and deployment.
  • Work in a laboratory environment, following standard operating procedures.
  • Perform other duties as required.

You will love this job if you:

  • Are a self-starter and require little oversight to complete given tasks
  • Enjoy a fast-paced work environment
  • Love working with diverse groups of individuals, including engineers and technicians
  • Are good at communicating with people
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Enjoy multitasking

Minimum requirements for this position:

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 engineering from an accredited engineering school and ten (10) years of direct engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and eight (8) years of direct engineering experience, or Ph.D. and four (4) years of direct engineering experience.
  • Prior experience with electrical schematic entry and printed circuit board layout tools such as Altium Designer or similar.
  • Prior experience with FPGA circuitry design and coding in associated VHDL development environments.
  • Experience with hardware and VHDL-based development for Embedded systems.

Desired skills and experience for this position:

  • Project based experience designing, building, testing, and troubleshooting power distribution electronics, battery systems, and other electrical hardware (requirements definition; system modeling and simulation; circuit analysis; PCB design, fabrication, and assembly; harness design and fabrication; requirements verification).
  • Prior experience with microcontroller circuitry design and associated embedded software development environments.
  • Familiarity with the Linux operating system and programming in C/C++ and Python.
  • Prior experience with EMI/EMC and troubleshooting noise issues.
  • Hands on experience in the design, build, and test of embedded systems
  • Familiarity with data interface protocols and associated hardware such as Ethernet, RS232, RS422, RS485, I2C, SPI etc.
  • Experience in the hardware design of embedded systems (microcontrollers, FPGAs, sensor interfaces, I2C/SPI buses, UARTS, etc.).
  • Experience with test hardware such as oscilloscopes, multi-meters, logic analyzers, function generators, electronic load banks, power supplies, power analyzers.
  • Prior experience in design and test of power supply and conditioning systems.
  • Prior experience with circuit simulation tools such as Pspice, OrCAD, Multisim etc.
  • A successful track record of fielding custom electrical systems in an operational setting.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers designing and building world-class, NASA space-flight hardware.
  • Proficient in MS Office programs, particularly MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word, OneNote and Outlook.

What we offer:

  • Competitive salaries.
  • Continuing education assistance.
  • Professional development allotment.
  • Multiple healthcare benefit packages.
  • 401K with employer matching.
  • Paid time off (PTO) along with federally recognized holiday schedule
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