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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.

Opportunity:  To work with an enthusiastic multidisciplinary 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 multi-agent autonomy efforts for the Mobility and Robotic Systems section at JPL.

As a robotics technologist, you will work to successfully lead design teams to address major robotics technical issues; develop recommendations and advise management; lead development of concepts to be used in pursuing JPL business. A successful candidate has extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, and concepts in multi-agent autonomy technologies, resulting in contributions to the development of new theories and methods. The primary projects would be support for the CADRE multi-rover lunar flight demonstration and CASTOR multi-spacecraft flight autonomy demonstrator.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically 9+ years of related experience, or Master's degree in similar disciplines with 7+ years related experience or PhD in similar disciplines with typically 5+ years of related experience.
  • General understanding and application of standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in multi-agent robotics and related software systems.
  • Expertise in single and multi-agent estimation and navigation.
  • Robotics hardware implementation and field-testing experience of multi-robot coordination algorithms
  • Proficient in robotic software development in C/C++ and Python (Rust is a plus)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to facilitate inter-team information flow and to support review of team products

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Experience in architecting autonomy solutions for robotic and/or aerospace systems.
  • Demonstrated innovation, initiative, and leadership.
  • System engineering and software integration experience
  • Experience working on and developing proposals as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator

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 3 months ago
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