Experienced Systems Engineer, Flight Projects

Job Details

Job Details

Job ID: 10352

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This is a great opportunity to become a member of the Avionics Integration, Test & Operations Group, which is responsible for integrating and testing the hardware and software subsystems in the avionics testbeds for flight projects, as well as operating the avionics in flight. This group is a key part of the Flight Software and Avionics Systems Section, which is within the Autonomous Systems Division at JPL. The Autonomous Systems Division is responsible for technology development, advanced concepts, design, development, delivery, integration and test, verification and validation, and operation of Command and Data Handling (C&DH) Hardware, Flight Software, Power Systems, Robotic Systems, and Guidance and Control. Together, these capabilities enable autonomous space systems to advance our understanding of the universe.


We invite you to join JPL's Avionics Integration, Test & Operations Group to serve as an experienced Systems Engineer for the Psyche or Europa Clipper project. Reporting administratively to the Technical Group Supervisor and programmatically to the Avionics Integration & Test Lead for the project, your tasks will include the following:

  • Test and integrate spacecraft hardware and software in the Avionics and Systems Testbeds
  • Work in a lab facility with hardware, ground support equipment and test equipment
  • Meet regularly with the team, assessing status, reviewing problems, planning short-term and long-term activities
  • Develop critical verification and validation (V&V) plans and procedures
  • Verify complex and multifunctional systems requirements
  • Analyze test results, generate test reports, and present test analysis at review meetings
  • Assess complex issues and recommend resolution to the team and management; implement resolutions
  • Partner with other engineers and project personnel to create change requests
  • Present work in management and project reviews as appropriate
  • Assure that the quality, accuracy, and integrity of technical documentation, reports, and deliverables comply with JPL standards, project plans, and policies


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Aerospace, Mechanical, or Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or related technical discipline with a minimum of 6 years of related experience; Master’s degree with a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience; PhD with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience
  • Wide-ranging experience and advanced knowledge in at least two of the following areas:
  • Systems Engineering
  • Testbed operations, architecture, design
  • Integration and Test
  • Coordination and execution of Verification and Validation (V&V) programs
  • Excellent initiative and follow-through to effectively identify, plan, and execute assignments with little guidance
  • Proficiency in exercising discretion and independent judgment in evaluating potential approaches and solutions to critical problems and determining appropriate resolutions
  • Proficiency in approving deviations from established policies and procedures
  • Proficiency in resolving technical and schedule issues including testbed requirements development, test development, troubleshooting, training, and interaction with project and line management in order to ensure that project and line deliverables are met on schedule
  • Excellent communication (oral, written, presentation), interpersonal, and organizational skills

Preferred Skills

  • JPL/NASA mission experience
  • Extensive experience working in an electronics lab/cleanroom
  • Experience in system integration and test of spacecraft or flight instruments
  • Experience handling and testing Engineering Models and Flight Hardware
  • Experience developing, approving, executing, and reporting on automated and manual test procedures
  • Experience troubleshooting complex systems using various types of test equipment
  • Data analysis and anomaly investigation
  • Familiarity with scripting languages (Python, etc.)
  • Flexibility to support rotating shift assignments (first shift/second shift) as well as occasional weekend shifts
  • Proficiency in advising management, inside and outside own organization, on testbed architecture, technical results, or risks
  • Complete knowledge of industry and/or academic practices and standards in Systems Engineering
  • Complete knowledge of Jet Propulsion Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications

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