Robotics Engineer - New Grad

Job Details

Job Details

Job ID: 10453

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?


JPL's Early Career Hire (ECH) program provides recent college graduates with an opportunity to immediately utilize the knowledge obtained through their studies to gain related work experiences in alignment with their professional goals. To qualify for this program, students must have graduated with a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA. Bachelor's and Master's graduates must be hired within 36 months of their matriculation dates, while PhD graduates must be hired within 7 years of their matriculation date.

Robotics engineers use multi-disciplinary skills to develop robotic systems for space or terrestrial applications. These systems are remotely-controlled or autonomous machines that sense, understand, and take useful actions in unknown and unstructured environments. Typical sub-disciplines include computer vision and perception, multi-sensor estimation and control, autonomous planning and decision making, mobility and manipulation, mechatronics design and implementation, and modeling and simulation. There are opportunities from basic research through flight project implementation. 

Types of job responsibilities include:

  • Conceive new robotic system concepts.
  • Perform research in robotics and publish results.
  • Develop algorithms and implement software for research and spaceflight robotic systems. Included are algorithms for estimation, controls, and computer vision.
  • Design and lead fabrication and assembly of robotic systems or components.
  • Create physics-based models and simulate robotic systems for extraterrestrial conditions.
  • Operate robots on Mars.


What it takes:

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or related technical discipline
  • Knowledge in one or more robotics sub-discipline
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 out of a 4.0 cumulative GPA

What would help:

  • Must be graduating with highest degree and available to start prior to September 2019
  • Relevant internship experience
  • Demonstrated initiative and leadership abilities
  • Demonstrated innovation and implementation experience
  • Good verbal and written communication skills with ability to work in a team environment

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