SW Cmptg Sys Undergraduate Student II

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Job ID: 11611

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.


As an Undergraduate Student Co-Op, you will be a member of Data Services Group (397G). We are looking for a student with strong object-oriented programming experience to work with the Mars Science Laboratory Engineering Operations Team. Tasks will involve developing software tools to aid in data analysis for the assessment of health and safety of the Curiosity rover. This will include improving existing tools, as well as creating new tools and capabilities for the operations team. Software tools include complex scripts for parsing and interpreting data in a Unix environment as well as visualization tools in web-based dashboards for trending analysis.
A strong candidate not only has strong programming abilities, but also a passion for space exploration and robotics and a desire to learn about the systems they are helping to analyze. System level understanding and context is crucial to making sure the software developed will truly support the end users and be maintainable.


  • Must be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited 4-year college or university in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related.
  • Ability to typically intern at least 6 months full time while pursuing a degree Summer / Fall 2020.
  • Minimum 3.0 out of 4.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Experience in Python and/or Javascript, and familiarity with Object Oriented Programming concepts
  • Experience and knowledge in organizing code in a robust, maintainable, easy to read way, sufficiently comments code, able to document user’s guides and create training materials when necessary
  • Completed coursework with exposure to standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Engineering
  • Comfortable in Unix environments
  • Familiarity with Bash and PERL
  • Front-end web development experience including data visualization. Experience building database queries to retrieve data is also a plus, especially for Elasticsearch databases
  • Experience working with data in formats such as JSON, XML and CSV tables
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work effectively with general supervision


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