Jet Propulsion Laboratory Systems Engineer II in Pasadena, California

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Requisition ID 2016-7669

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US - CA - Pasadena


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Level 2

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U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

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Do you excel in an environment that values exploration and discovery? We have a universe of opportunities waiting for you!

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is NASA's lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our core competency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.

JPL, located in Pasadena, California, has a casual, campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

We are proud to be part of NASA and Caltech, as we explore the universe and make history through new discoveries.

We aim to do things never done before and to go places few can go. We dare mighty you?


Be a member of the Flight Systems Engineering, Integration & Test Section (3130) and report to the Systems Testbed Engineering Group Supervisor (313A). Be an Engineer in the Mars 2020 System Testbed reporting programmatically to the Mars 2020 Testbed Product Delivery Manager. Generate/maintain/execute system level test procedures and generate post-test data analysis. Work in a lab environment with exposure to hardware, ground support equipment and test equipment. Capture and document problems and troubleshoot problems in the system testbed. Generate and participate in hardware integration procedure development and execution.


Required Skills:

Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 3 years of related experience; Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 1 year of related experience, or PhD in similar disciplines.

Broad knowledge in the following areas: Orbital Mechanics, Spacecraft Flight Dynamics, Systems Testbed operations, architecture, design; System Verification and Validation, Systems Engineering. Experience in system test development, troubleshooting, and interaction with project and line management to ensure project and line deliverables are met on schedule. Must be able to perform complex and wide-ranging job functions and activities across disciplines. Works independently on key project assignments with limited direction. Exercises discretion and independent judgment in evaluating potential approaches and solutions to critical problems and determining appropriate resolutions. Serves as an essential team member on teams inside or outside organization, project, activity or function. Advanced understanding and application of standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in aerospace systems engineering. Ability to work effectively in a multi-discipline technical team, ability to organize, prioritizes and tracks a set of multifunctional work assignments. Good verbal and written communications and interpersonal skills.

Desired Skills:

    • Experience simulating spacecraft flight dynamics
    • Experience working in a System Testbed: JPL/NASA mission experience preferred
    • Experience in developing and executing automated and manual test procedures
    • Experience in troubleshooting complex systems using various types of laboratory equipment.
    • Experience with handling and testing Engineering Models and Flight Hardware
    • Knowledge of Jet Propulsion Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications
    • Knowledge of industry and/or academic practices and standards in Systems Engineering
    • Familiarity with C++
    • Familiarity with scripting languages (Python, Ruby) and lab test equipment

Caltech/JPL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of Caltech/JPL to provide equal employment opportunities, actively recruit, and include for employment consideration all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.