Autonomy and Fault Protection Engineer

Job Details

Job ID: 11501

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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.


If you are passionate about spacecraft design, we invite you to join the Flight Systems Engineering, Integration and Test Section. We provide systems engineering for the design and implementation of spacecraft for the laboratory’s key flight projects. Our work spans spacecraft systems engineering, payload systems integration, electrical systems integration, fault protection and autonomy design, landing systems design, spacecraft assembly and test, systems verification and validation, and systems modeling.


We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Systems Engineer level 3 to join the Autonomy and Fault Protection Group. You will report to the group supervisor and work on tasks such as autonomy and fault protection requirements definition, analysis, design and testing for JPL programs from beginning to end.


Job responsibilities may include:

  • Report programmatically to the project fault protection lead and administratively to the technical group supervisor
  • Be responsible for guiding the autonomy and fault management requirements/principles/practices and products for space system architectures, designs, implementations, and verification and validation
  • Be responsible for the development of program-level products and participation in program-level engineering trades and reviews


The qualified candidate has extensive understanding in a wide application of theories, concepts, designs, analyses, and techniques in autonomous space systems and fault protection. Minimum technical qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics with a minimum of 6 years of professional experience, or Master’s degree with 4 years of experience, or Ph.D with 2 years of experience. 
  • Wide-ranging experience and advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: systems engineering, aerospace engineering, and reliability trades/analyses
  • Extensive understanding in a wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts, designs, analyses, and techniques in autonomous space systems and fault protection resulting in contributions to the development of new theories and methods
  • Significant knowledge of the function and operation of spacecraft systems, subsystems, and instruments
  • Proven ability to lead the activities of and to synthesize the unique discipline knowledge of a broad range of technical subject matter experts
  • Experience coordinating design efforts with partner organizations or vendors
  • Be a self-motivated individual who can work independently, in a team environment, and lead a team
  • Must be occasionally available for domestic travel
  • Must have excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills


Note: Must be a U.S. Citizen with an active Top Secret (TS) clearance based upon Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) within a 5 year scope and must be approved for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) accesses.



The most competitive candidates will satisfy some of the following:

  • Thorough understanding of systems engineering methods and applications as well as fault protection design, autonomy, and design analysis products
  • Ability to work independently on major project assignments, with accountability for technical performance, budget and schedule
  • Ability to participate in requirements development for systems
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Proven ability to deal with multiple issues, tasks and priorities concurrently
  • Proven ability to interact effectively across multiple disciplines with government and non-government agencies
  • Experience leading tasks and coordinating working groups on large-scale projects in system development, test, and/or operations
  • Experience with development and delivery of system documentation, such as requirements documents, test plans, and release description documents
  • Experience with functional requirement development and translation into system / subsystem / architecture, design, and implementation

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