Robotics Engineer - Entry Level
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.
Our Robotics Engineers routinely do what few on earth—or anywhere else, for that matter—have ever achieved. Everyday challenges include autonomous processing and precise movements in harsh conditions, at distances ranging from nanometers to millions of miles. Exploration from our home planet to our solar system and beyond is the supreme test of Autonomous Systems and Robotics. Our teams design and build hardware and software to land, perform tasks, and process results. To do it, we need engineers in avionics, power electronics, rover mobility, new spacecraft architectures, guidance & control algorithms, sensors, and actuators. Our work is many things, but never, ever boring.
Opportunities in Robotics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Robotic Actuation and Sensing
- Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators
- Extreme Environment Robotics
- Robotics Modeling and Simulation
- Robotic Systems Estimation, Decision, and Control
- Robotic Mobility
- Robotic Manipulation and Sampling
- Computer Vision
- Maritime and Aerial Perception Systems
- Robot Operations
- Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree in Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or related major.
- Minimum of a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA.
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