ground support

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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.

JPL is NASA’s lead center for robotic space exploration. Our core proficiency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.

This outstanding opportunity is available in the Autonomous Systems Division (34), which is responsible for cradle-to-grave development of systems for in-situ robotics, guidance and control, electrical power, flight software, and command & data handling (C&DH) avionics.  This development process includes phases of conceptualization, technology maturation, design, development, delivery, integration & test, verification & validation (V&V), and mission operation. 

Wanted: An Electrical or Mechanical Engineer with a range of skills related to designing, implementation, and tuning of robust control system solutions for multi-axis motion control applications for path-to-flight development tasks: Will be responsible for the generation of requirements, system modeling, component selection, implementation and verification of for motor and mechanism control systems.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or controls and motion controls implementation-related discipline related technical subject area with typically a minimum of 6 years of related experience, or Master’s degree in similar disciplines with typically a minimum of 4 years of experience, or Ph.D. in similar disciplines with typically a minimum of 2 years of experience.

  • Design, implementation, and optimization of control law for various modes of control including classical, feed forward, force control

  • Familiarity with industrial motion control architectures such as EtherCAT

  • Ability to model motors and motion control systems

  • Hands-on experience with motor characterization using a dynamometer

  • Hands-on experience implementing and troubleshooting large scale and/or high-reliability motion control systems

  • Generate requirements for a motion control system including specification of motor, sensor, and controller

  • Background in kinematics and/or mathematically modeling of mechanical systems

  • Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively in a team environment**.** 

  • Partners with other engineers in the generation of engineering requirements and specification documentation for electronics systems.

  • Experience in design using one or more CAD programs such as: SolidWorks, UGNX, or Pro/ENGINEER

  • Moderate embedded programming skills preferable STM32 Arm microcontroller or similar target

Preferred Skills:

  • Familiarity with fault tolerant computing/control

  • System V&V (Verification and Validation) or I&T (Integration and Test) experience with flight projects.

  • Demonstrated experience in testbed or flight hardware testing.

  • Familiarity with single board computer designs for space applications

  • Familiarity with space grade memories and interfaces

  • Ability to develop verifiable requirements for single board computers

  • Ability to develop detailed V&V plans to be executed at JPL and our industry partner

  • Knowledge of applicable Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations.

  • Demonstrated the ability to perform reliability analyses including worst-case analysis and parts stress analysis.

  • Partners with other engineers in the design, implementation and verification of Electrical Ground Support Equipment.

  • Partners with other engineers in the test and verification of electronic circuits and assemblies.

  • Experience with hardware design tools including analog circuit design tools, IC design (SPICE, Mentor Graphics), power design (PLECS), printed circuit board design/signal integrity (Hyperlynx), and FPGA firmware design (Verilog)

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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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries or those born in a designated country unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available here.

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