Engineering Applications Software Engineer III

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Job ID: 11353

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Interested in astrodynamics and working with engineers and scientists around the globe to advance the state of the art mission design and navigation capabilities?

JPL’s Mission Design and Navigation Software Group is seeking a Mission Design and Navigation Software Engineer to develop and maintain the software used to design, navigate and control the trajectories of our interplanetary spacecraft. You will apply a wide variety of programming skills and information system techniques, related to providing all aspects of trajectory analysis and control for JPL missions.

This group is responsible for the development of the astrodynamics computing system called Monte  ( used for mission design and navigation of all JPL deep space missions as well as for astrodynamics investigations worldwide. 

The team is part of JPL’s Mission Design and Navigation Section responsible for building maps and tools for interplanetary navigation, design efficient routes for spacecraft to reach any remote solar system location and safely pilot spacecraft to their ultimate destination. The Section is responsible for science driven modeling, filtering and optimization, managing trajectory knowledge and control, observability and uncertainties.



  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Aerospace, or Electrical Engineering, or a closely related technical discipline, with a minimum of 6 years of related experience; or a Master’s with 4 years of related experience; or PhD with 2 years of related experience.
  • Aptitude and willingness to learn the technical Monte software system focused on astrodynamics, kinematics, shape modeling and timing systems, all as applied to the computation of observation geometry.
  • Extensive knowledge in engineering programming using at least some of these languages: C++, Python, Java, Java Script, Fortran 90. Demonstrated ability and willingness to learn any of the above languages not already well known.
  • Willingness to learn, follow and Monte programming, documentation and testing standards.
  • Excellent written and communication skills, able to produce high quality code documentation.
  • Willingness to work in a small team environment.
  • Ability to present technical results to a wide audience.

Preferred Skills:

  • Understanding of the mathematics of basic astrodynamics.
  • Experience in 3-D visualization techniques.
  • Experience in the development of graphical user interfaces.
  • Experience with the Linux, OSX and Windows operating systems.

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