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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.

This unique opportunity is part of the Autonomous Systems Division, which is responsible for technology development, advanced concepts, design, development, delivery, integration and test, verification and validation, and operation of Command and Data Handling (C&DH) Hardware, Flight Software, Power Systems, Robotic Systems, and Guidance and Control.

As a Systems Engineer for the Avionics Subsystem Engineering Group (348A), you will be working for JPL's Flight Software and Avionics Systems Section, which provides leadership and unique world-class expertise in Avionics Systems Engineering, Spacecraft Flight Software development, Avionics Integration, Test, and Operations and Advanced Processor and Software Research.


As a Systems Engineer III in the Avionics Subsystem Engineering Group, you will initially be part of a Systems Engineering team and individually responsible for systems engineering activities and products for one or more specific functional areas within the Avionics Subsystem.

You will develop and maintain requirements and interfaces (electrical signals and data definitions) and eventually become a subject matter expert for your functional area(s). You will define, coordinate, balance and integrate technical and programmatic issues in a holistic manner to ensure that the hardware and software system satisfies requirements, expectations, and constraints within the allocated resources and with acceptable risk.  You will also manage technical resources; analyze and model the design; conduct verification and validation activities for the subsystem; contribute to risk management; and control the subsystem change process.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop requirements, functional architecture, design, documentation, and interface definition to external elements.

  • Ensure that the design meets functional and performance requirements and complies with institutional standards, reliability requirements, project requirements, and approved waivers.

  • Develop system architectures and risk management analyses.

  • Work independently on key projects and assignments with only limited direction.

  • Participate in working groups or design teams as needed to conduct trades or resolve technical issues.

  • Develop, prepare and execute verification and validation plans.

  • Present complex avionics concepts to line management, project management and technical reviewers.

  • Provide technical input for all project milestone reviews and management reviews.

  • Track and resolve technical issues within and external to the subsystem.

  • Oversee anomaly tracking, disposition and corrective action for the subsystem.

  • Grow your career through the mastery of multiple Avionics functional areas and the practice of Systems Engineering.

  • Mentor and coach junior members/interns.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 6 years of related experience; a Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or a PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 2 years related experience.

  • Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Systems Engineering, Digital Electronics, Software, Embedded Systems, and/or Integration and Test.

  • Understanding and practical experience with the concepts and techniques of Systems Engineering.

  • Experience with hardware/software requirements development and configuration management.

  • Demonstrated experience with integrated hardware/software developments.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to conduct project level reviews and status reports.

  • Ability to interact appropriately with colleagues and customers for different purposes and in different contexts.

  • Adaptable to frequent changes in workload and able to adjust priorities quickly as circumstances dictate.

  • Knowledge of industry and/or academic practices and standards across a range of systems applications.

JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.

In addition, JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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United States, JPL Campus, Pasadena, California
Posted 2 months ago
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