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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 a world-class 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 robotics autonomy and motion planning software development efforts for the Mobility and Robotic Systems section at JPL.

A successful candidate has extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in multi-agent robotics autonomy; Conceives and implements highly complex and multifunctional robotics systems from design requirements; Has advanced knowledge and engages in research and development of new multi-agent robotics technologies.


  • Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically 6+ years of related experience, or PhD in similar disciplines with typically 2+ years of related experience.
  • General understanding and application of standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in robotics software systems.
  • Advance knowledge of autonomy algorithms and software development for multi-robot systems; including planning, execution, behavior development, motion planning, distributed estimation, and control.
  • Proficient in robotic software development in C/C++ and Python, familiar with software development lifecycle, and code management tools.
  • 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 robotics and/or aerospace systems.
  • Robotics software integration and field-testing experience.
  • Demonstrated innovation, initiative, and leadership.
  • Experience with NASA and JPL flight software architectures, cFS and/or F-Prime.

JPL has a catalog of benefits and perks that span from the traditional to the unique. This includes a variety of health, dental, vision, wellbeing, and retirement plans, paid time off, learning, rideshare, childcare, flexible schedule, parental leave and many more. Our focus is on work-life balance, and living healthy, fulfilling lives as we Dare Mighty Things Together. For benefits eligible positions, benefits are effective the first day of the month coincident with or immediately following the employee’s start date.

For further benefits information click Benefits and Perks

The hiring range displayed below is specifically for those who will work in or reside in the location listed. In extending an offer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory considers factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s job related skills, experience, knowledge, and relevant education/training. Hiring range for this job may be adjusted based on primary work location outside of Pasadena, California. This adjusted range will be provided to candidates by the Recruiter when applicable.

The typical full time equivalent annual hiring range for this job in Pasadena, California.

$133,952 - $172,224

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 10d ago
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