👷 Systems Engineer III (Entry, Descent & Landing)

flight systems

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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.


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 III to join the Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) Systems and Advanced Technologies Group, reporting administratively to the Technical Group Supervisor and programmatically to the Phase Lead or Lead Systems Engineer. Your initial assignment will be to serve as an EDL Systems Engineer on entry vehicles in development for the Mars Sample Return campaign. Some of your initial tasks may include parachute verification and validation, atmosphere modeling, mass properties analysis, EDL sensors trades, EDL algorithm development, and project/task management.

You will work independently and within a team environment, collaborating on tasks performed across a spectrum of disciplines and have excellent writing and oral presentation skills.

Tasks may include but not limited to:

  • Technical analyses, trade studies, margin and risk assessments, requirements development, verification and validation planning, resource tracking, and problem identification and resolution.

  • Perform flight system design and formulation studies for future projects.

  • Perform EDL system margin and risk assessments, requirements development and verification, and use of associated tools.

  • Lead technical efforts across multiple external partners.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, or related technical discipline with a minimum of 6 years of professional experience, or Master’s degree with a minimum of 4 year of experience, or Ph.D with a minimum for 2 years of experience.

  • Knowledge in multiple technical fields related to EDL systems and advanced technologies.

  • Experience conceiving of and implementing practical solutions to complex multi-disciplinary systems problems.

  • Ability to successfully collaborate and interface with other technical organizations, including system contractors, in a multidisciplinary environment.

  • Be a self-motivated individual who can work independently and in a team environment.

  • Strong first-principles reasoning skills that you apply to quickly come up with good solutions and maintain an understanding of the residual risk between the good solution and the perfect solution.

  • Excellent communication (oral, written, presentation), interpersonal, negotiation, and organizational skills.

  • Availability for occasional domestic travel.

Preferred Skills:

  • Demonstrated subject matter expert in one or more of the following areas: spacecraft systems engineering, EDL systems engineering, mission architecture, mission engineering/planning.

  • Knowledge of ITAR and Export Compliance policies and procedures.

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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