Engineering Graduate Student I

Job Details

Job ID: 11698

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.


The Autonomous Systems Division is looking for bright, motivated, and dedicated students ready to tackle some of the toughest challenges in exploring our solar system.  We design, build, and pilot spacecraft to remote destinations of scientific interest. We develop flight hardware and software able to operate autonomously in the extreme environments of space exploration from both orbit, and on-surface of solar system targets. The demands we put on our spacecraft keep growing — they must respond autonomously to new environments, communicate with each other, and work together under tighter requirements. We strive to land with never-done-before accuracies, operate about small bodies with unprecedented proximities, bring samples back to Earth, and point space-based scientific instruments with accuracy. With respect to Earth, we are involved in Earth science missions to improve terrestrial energy efficiency and sustainability, to explore resources, and to increase understanding of our home planet. Making these things happen requires advanced spacecraft hardware and software development in avionics, power electronics, rover mobility and robotics, new spacecraft architectures, guidance and control algorithms, sensors and actuators.  For these and other challenges, we seek students who have “raised the bar” in their schools to join our team and help JPL do the same.


  • Enrolled in a graduate program within a 50 mile radius of JPL.
  • Minimum of a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Ability to work between 8 and 30 hours during the school year.
  • Demonstrates a command of technical verbiage and dedication to familiarizing themselves with JPL, Section and Group specific terms.
  • Requires competence in technical terms and are able to understand abstract and/or dissociated concepts as represented in drawings, calculations, etc.
  • Expresses complex ideas in clear and concise language and has the skill-set to write in a style that prioritizes reader understanding.
  • Ability to interpret technical information and convey it succinctly and expertly to someone without knowledge of relevant systems.
  • Experience and are skilled in applicable composition tools, e.g., MS Word, Excel and Visio with basic competence to navigate and reference within the design tools.
  • Knowledge of equipment operation such as oscilloscopes, current probes and digital multi-meters.

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