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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Electrical Engineer II in Pasadena, California


With an unmatched history creating groundbreaking advances in science and technology, JPL has been in the space exploration business since the beginning. 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 teamwork, and reward excellence. We resonate with people who are looking for ways to go further and offer an opportunity to be part of a team of passionate and dedicated engineers working with some of the world’s best capabilities and cutting- edge technology in science, technology, and engineering. We take great pride in JPL’s innovative work culture, and offer a comprehensive benefits plan, relocation, tuition reimbursement, and generous Caltech retirement contributions.

The JPL Communications, Tracking and Radar Division performs scientific investigations, advanced technology research, engineering developments and system imple­mentations encompassing space telecommunications, tracking and active remote sensing using electromag­netic waves . Within the Communications, Tracking and Radar Division, the Flight Communications Section engineers cost-effective space borne communications systems, services and products including direct-to-Earth (DTE) and proximity relay links for NASA/JPL and non-NASA missions; developing, delivering and supporting software-defined radios (SDRs), spacecraft and airborne antennas, RF power amplifiers, and related products for RF system applications. Also, this section specializes in optical communications, including deep space lasers, sensitive single-photon detectors and actuator-sensor systems for accurate narrow laser beam pointing, in addition to developing telecom concepts and demonstrating them for infusion into operational ground and space systems of NASA missions, for DARPA, and other agencies.


Do you have a passion for space exploration and flight electronics? Are you a strategic team player and enjoy the challenge of electronics development from design concept to implementation?

We seek a self-motivated individual who can work well both independently and in a team environment to serve as an Electrical Engineer Level 2 for ourSpacecraft Transmitter Systems Group (337D).You will report to the Group Supervisor andprogrammatically to the Cognizant Engineer of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) high voltage power supply (HVPS) flight electronics.

Responsibilities include:

  • Be a member of a multidisciplinary team of hardware, software, and firmware engineers to develop, test, and deliver EM/FM models of digital/analog and power hardware to SWOT High Voltage Power Supply flight electronics Integration and Test (I&T).

  • Participate in development of RF, analog and digital electronics slice-level development for radios, radars, radiometers and power supplies.

  • Work with flight electronics system and cognizant engineers to review and meet spacecraft interface and environmental requirements.

  • Collaborate with flight electronics system and cognizant engineers to develop and execute subsystem Verification and & Validation testing plans.

  • Support electronics Bench Test Equipment (BTE) development and test.

  • Support modules’ reliability analyses and reliability analysis review work.

  • Support the overall design, fabrication, assembly, and testing of prototype, engineering model (EM) and flight model (FM) printed wiring boards and subassemblies.

  • Evaluate existing SWOT power supply circuit and test results and support modifications and updates to PWB schematics and layouts to comply with FM requirements.

  • Lead or support the development of electronics test plans and procedures.

  • Lead or support functional testing of the EM and flight hardware with firmware and software.

  • Participate in project and subsystem milestone reviews and MMRs.

  • Update FM parts lists and support parts qualification and procurement efforts.

  • Support flight electronics environmental test campaign.

  • Be responsible for handling of flight articles including interaction with Quality Assurance (QA) and use of Build, Assemble and Test (BAT) planning and execution.

  • Support Ground Support Equipment (GSE) hardware and software development, documentation, and testing

  • Interface with team members, product delivery and task managers, line management, government agencies, other NASA centers, vendors, contractors, and suppliers.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 3 years of related experience, a Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 1 years of related experience, or a Ph.D. in similar disciplines with 0 years of related experience.

  • Experience with both analog electronics and digital control systems

  • Experience developing design requirements, solving engineering problems, coordinating fabrication, assembly, and qualification of space flight hardware

  • Proven ability to work in a team environment or lead a team of engineers and technicians

  • Ability to meet deadlines and be responsive to customers

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

  • Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts, and techniques in PWB implementation, digital hardware, FPGAs, and microprocessors

  • Advanced knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in circuit design, simulation, and schematic capture

  • Experiencewith testing and building circuits

  • Knowledge ofPython, C/C++, and or LabView for use with testing electronic and circuits

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in cost account management and schedule tracking

  • Experience with hardware; FPGAs and firmware; microprocessors and embedded software

  • Experience with high speed digital interface and modem developments

  • Advanced knowledge of applicable Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations

  • In depth understanding of electronic systems, design, fabrication, debugging, and integration and test

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute verification and validation plans and procedures

  • Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: PWB design, fabrication, and assembly

  • Experience in the development and delivery of power supplies and other space flight hardware

Job Locations US-CA-Pasadena

Category (Portal Searching) Engineering

Discipline Description Electronics

Career Level Level 2

Scheduled Hours 40

Relocation Eligibility Yes

Hiring Organization : Name 337D - SPACECRAFT TRANSMITTER SYSTEMS

Minimum Years of Experience 3

Education Bachelor's

Work Authorization U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Travel 10%

Clearance Status None

Clearance Options None

Oracle Job Title Electrical Engineer II

JPL is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and will, whenever possible, actively recruit and include for employment members of underrepresented minority groups, females, disabled veterans, protected veterans, and otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. JPL will hire, transfer, and promote based on the qualifications of the individual to ensure equal consideration and fair treatment of all. JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. For more information about "EEO is the Law" click here: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeocselfprint_poster.pdf The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries 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 at http://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/ If you are interested in applying for employment with Jet Propulsion Laboratory and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, contact our Human Resources department at (818) 354-5150 or via email at Staffing@jpl.nasa.gov. Written requests may be mailed to: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Attention: Staffing and Employment Programs, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Mail Stop T1720C, Pasadena, CA 91109