Software Assurance Engineer II

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Job ID: 10900

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a 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.

Software is taking on more responsibilities in providing capabilities for complex missions to understand the earth’s environment, explore our universe and find answers to the biggest questions of humankind. We are looking for a Software Quality Assurance team member in evaluating potential approaches and solutions to new and unusual problems with organization-wide impact and determining appropriate resolutions. 

We invite you to become a member of the Software Quality Assurance Group in a culture that is team based, improvement oriented and believes that work can be fun. Be part of a workforce that values input to strategic and tactical plan advice, developing the necessary processes, tools, and innovations in order to create the best Software Quality Assurance Group possible.


As a Software Quality Assurance Engineer, you will perform high-value Software Assurance Engineering; developing or acquiring mission critical software. You will provide projects with an integrated approach to Software Quality, Reliability, and Safety Engineering, with the goal of lowering software risk throughout the life cycle by working with the Software Quality Assurance Group Supervisor and Leads to improve the Software Assurance infrastructure: the processes, systems, and tools that support existing functions and enable new ones. You will seek out new tools and techniques that improve the performance of Software Quality, Reliability, and Safety Engineering, and that enable better risk analysis and detection of defects early in the project life cycle and explore promising new areas of software assurance, including model-based assurance, cybersecurity, static code analysis, and assurance of software embedded in ASICs and FPGAs.


Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Aerospace Engineering or similar technical discipline with typically a minimum or 3 years of related experience, Master’s degree in similar disciplines with 1 years of related experience, or PhD in similar disciplines that includes the following: requirements analysis, design, coding, configuration management, integration and testing. Experience in programming in the C, C++, or Java programming languages in a UNIX/Linux or real-time (e.g. VxWorks) operating system environment. Ability to learn technical knowledge quickly and independently. Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills.

Desired qualification for this position includes:

  • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Experience
  • Experience with software engineering tools such as Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), compilers, static analyzers, Magic Draw, UML/SysML, GIT, and JIRA.
  • Experience with modern systems and software development processes, as described in the Capability Maturity Model Integrated (CMMI).
  • Python is strongly preferred.
  • The capability to analyze modern systems and software requirements, architecture, and test procedures and results.
  • Knowledge of NASA Software Assurance Standards, JPL software management standards, Software Development Requirements, Flight Project Practices, and Design Principles.
  • Previous experience with flight projects.

Note: As a temporary position, this assignment may last up to 36 months in duration with approvals based on 12-month assignments. However, please note that you are not under any employment contract and your temporary employment status can be terminated at any time, with or without notice.

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