Jacobs Principal - Science & Research in St. Louis, Missouri

Principal - Science & Research


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Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Architecture, St. Louis, while working closely with the Science & Research Global Technology Leader., key responsibilities will include:

  • Driving the Midwest market by functioning as a seller/ doer who will build on current Jacobs relationships and develop new ones

  • Strengthening our technical base in St. Louis

  • Working with Philadelphia, Boston, and our Lab Planning Practice to strengthen these connections

  • Provide leadership for laboratory programming, planning, and design activities in St. Louis.

  • Bring design and technical expertise to teams working on various-sized pharmaceutical, academic research, biotech, energy, and/or other emerging technology facility projects.

  • Along with the St. Louis Director of Architecture, develop Science & Research capabilities within the architecture discipline and develop St. Louis as a solid component of our Science & Research Technology.

Project and Design Leadership

Serve as Project Lead on key Science & Research projects, or lead or co-lead the following activities as appropriate for selected laboratory projects:

  • Overall programming, planning, and lab design, including work sessions with user/stakeholder groups.

  • Graphic and verbal communication with client/user groups to understand project requirements.

  • Coordination of laboratory and architectural planning and design.

  • Coordination and integration of other discipline elements and systems into unified designs.

Assist in the following activities as appropriate for selected laboratory projects:

  • Preparation of drawing and specification documentation for conceptual through detailed design.

  • Coordination with in-house engineering disciplines and other specialty consultants.

  • Preparation of quantitative data to support cost estimates.

  • Review of submittals, contractor requests for information, and periodic on-site visits to monitor contractor compliance with construction documents during construction phase.

Lead the following Science & Research activities in the St. Louis office:

  • Development of standard laboratory details and documentation standards.

  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control.

  • Assist other offices with these Science & Research activities as requested or as appropriate.

Relationship and Business Development:

  • Initiate and maintain non-project-specific relationships with facilities decision-makers, professional and community associations.

  • Write articles for professional and industry publications and present at professional and industry meetings and events.

  • Participate in interviews for projects and contribute to proposal responses.

Staff Development and Mentoring:

  • Identify internal and external candidates who can contribute to our Science & Research Technology in St. Louis; assist in recruitment and hiring of identified candidates as the business need increases.

  • Assist the Director of Architecture in the performance review process for architecture staff whose focus is Science & Research.

  • Provide one-on-one assistance with project-specific design/technical issues.

  • Provide formal and/or informal trainings on non-project-specific topics.

  • Participate in team project reviews as appropriate.


  • Bachelors' degree in Architecture is required

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience managing complex design and construction of projects within the Science and Technology sector required

  • Professional Registration required

  • Strong working knowledge of pre-design, building design, contract administration, project delivery methods, team building and client relationship building required

  • Must have excellent communication, organizational, presentation and people skills with the ability to develop relationships and maintain effective networks and be results-focused tempered with a team-centered approach

  • LEED accreditation preferred

  • Masters' degree preferred

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.

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-Missouri-St. Louis

Req ID: BIA0001PZ