Lead EMC Engineer

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Do you excel in an environment that values exploration and discovery? We have a universe of opportunities waiting for you!  

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is NASA’s lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our core competency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.

JPL, located in Pasadena, California, has a casual, 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.

We are proud to be part of NASA and Caltech, as we explore the universe and make history through new discoveries.

We aim to do things never done before and to go places few can go. We dare mighty things…do you?


As an Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineer, you will be responsible for leading the EMI/EMC program on flight projects including generating EMC design requirements, verifying by tests that all flight hardware meets project EMC requirements, verifying that the flight system is fully self-compatible and that all flight hardware is compatible with all launch site, launch vehicle and on-orbit RF frequencies. You will also document test plans and test reports and track the status of EMC testing via a matrix showing assemblies that are proven to be compatible with each other, and assemblies that have known or potential incompatibility issues with other assemblies.  You will also lead an EMC working group to identify and address project-specific EMC risks in a timely manner; spacecraft level EMC testing and perform or review analyses for spacecraft EMC compatibility as needed; and develop engineering trade studies on EMC issues of high significant impact. Finally, you will develop advanced and unique modeling approaches that are considered state-of-the-art for use by EMC specialists; contract technical documentation related to EMC requirements and prepare and approve requirements documents, verification and validation (V&V) plans and risk mitigation plans that have high significant impact to the organization.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 9 years of related experience; Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 5 years related experience.
  • Experience in the following areas: Spacecraft EMC Engineering including EMC analysis and testing, design of hardware to mitigate EMC problems, spacecraft magnetics, surface charging, internal and external spacecraft charging effects and plasma interactions.
  • Knowledge of application and development of advanced principles, theories and concepts in EMC testing and analysis for assemblies, subsystems and spacecraft level. Ability to use state of the art software tools in support of EMC testing and analyses.
  • Hands on experience in performing MIL-STD 462 EMC testing on flight hardware. An intimate working knowledge of MIL-STD-461 (all revisions through F) and MIL-STD-462. Hands on experience with testing software.
  • Expert knowledge of aerospace industry practices and standards across a range of applications related to EMC requirements definition, modeling, and analysis, testing and problem resolution.
  • Ability to effectively assemble and lead a team of EMC specialists to run the EMC program for spacecraft projects.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to present and defend EMC technical concepts in front of review boards. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable of NASA EMC policies and procedures, and government EMC regulations across a range of applications.
  • Proven ability to provide quality technical risk assessments for resolutions of EMC related Problem/Failure Reports.
  • Experience working with other organizations that are involved in the flight hardware design and test process.
  • Proven ability and experience with cost estimation, managing financial accounts and preparing work agreements.

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