Flight Software Engineer I

Job Details

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.


JPL’s Simulation and Support Equipment Group plays an essential role in the Flight Electronics Section. As an Embedded Software Engineer, you will design, build and test specialized, mission-critical software systems used for avionics and flight system verification.


Our customers include flight-software delivery managers, product delivery managers, system testbeds, verification and validation engineers, system integration and test and mission operations managers.


In this role, you will collaborate with our senior engineers supporting the Europa, NISAR, Psyche and M2020 missions.


This role is ideal for a candidate who can closely work with engineers and successfully meet the demands of flight-projects. The job entails understanding inherited software modules, modifying and creating new software modules, thoroughly testing software functions and delivering software to flight projects.


Daily duties include:


  • Develop software, under the direction of senior engineers.
  • Document software, within design documents and user manuals.
  • Integration and compile software applications.
  • Execute performance and regression testing.
  • Deploy the software for the end-user.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or related discipline with a minimum of 1 year of related experience; or Master’s degree in similar disciplines.
  • Experience with UNIX or Linux operating systems.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
  • Knowledge of one or more high-level general-purpose programming languages, such as C/C++, Java, Perl, Python, or similar language.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of system engineering and development process.
  • Strong interest infusing new approaches to software computing into legacy developments.

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