Experienced Robotics Systems Engineer

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Job ID: 10991

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.


Wanted: A Robotics Software Engineer with a range of skills related to the design, fabrication, and test of mechanical and robotic systems, preferably with direct experience in the build, integration, and test of space flight systems.


Opportunity: To join an enthusiastic multi-disciplinary workforce that originates and executes robotics technology development and space flight projects for terrestrial and planetary exploration applications. This role is focused on supporting and leading the development of operations tools for the Mobility and Robotic Systems section at JPL. The primary project would be Mars 2020.


What it takes:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or PhD with 2 years of experience in similar disciplines
  • Highly proficient in C++ and Python
  • Experience with Linux or other Unix-like operating systems
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to facilitate inter-team information flow and to support review of team products
  • US citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Knowledge in one or more robotics subdiscipline

What would help:

  • Development of software for embedded applications
  • Knowledge of cloud technologies like AWS
  • Experience with JavaScript and web frameworks like React
  • Demonstrated innovation, initiative, and leadership

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