Embedded/Flight Software Engineer I

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Job ID: 10983

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.


Would you like to see your code sent to the planet Mars? Feel the excitement as the nation watches your software execute during the intense landing on Mars.  Send your code on a spacecraft orbiting Earth, Jupiter, or an asteroid.  Join a fast-paced CubeSat software team.  These unique software challenges await you at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 


As a flight software engineer, you will have the opportunity to implement spacecraft capabilities including command, communication, data management, instrument managers, and fault protection.  From low-level device drivers to high-level behaviors, you’ll find many interesting programming opportunities.  You will be working in NASA/JPL's Flight Software and Avionics Systems section.



  • Design and implement real-time flight software for spacecraft in C or C++
  • Develop test plans, unit tests, and evaluate test results.  Run tests against simulators and testbeds
  • Identify and troubleshoot technical issues with flight software in an integrated system
  • Work on a team with experienced flight software developers
  • Provide flight software support and maintenance during flight operations


Required Qualifications:

  • BS, MS, or Ph.D in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or related field
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 out of a 4.0 cumulative GPA
  • Excellent C or C++ programming skills
  • Multi-threaded programming
  • Coursework in operating systems, computer architecture, algorithms, and data structures

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Internship with significant C or C++ programming
  • Internship or experience with embedded programming or CubeSats
  • Coursework in programming languages, software engineering, computer science theory, real-time embedded programming
  • Familiarity with Python or Java

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