From payload electronics, data-handling subsystems, motor control electronics, test equipment, and avionics and flight subsystems—we do it all.
Mechanical engineers have the unique opportunity to build a spacecraft end-to-end from design to fabrication and testing, to advanced mechanical, thermal and propulsion systems.
Innovative and reliable systems engineering, formulation and testing are critical in making our complex missions successful.
Autonomous systems and robotics
Developing cutting edge autonomous systems and robotics technologies for terrestrial, inter-planetary, and interstellar exploration never gets old. We are seeking experts in avionics, power electronics, rover mobility, guidance & control systems, sensors, actuators, and software for robotic perception, control, simulation and operations.
Groundbreaking science and research
By understanding the science of other bodies of our universe, as well as our own planet Earth, we can paint a clearer picture of where we can come, and where we're going. That's just some of the science and research work at JPL.
Earth scientists at JPL study the atmosphere, cryosphere (the parts of our planet where water is frozen), oceans and solid earth using a combination of spacecraft data, modeling and laboratory work.
Astrophysics and space science
Our astrophysics and space scientists study the physics and origins of our galaxy, as well as our entire universe. These areas include cosmology and black holes; the evolution of galaxies; the origins of stars and planets; and our sun and solar winds.
JPL planetary scientists study the atmosphere, surface and interiors of bodies in our solar system, as well their microbiology and chemistry. We have renowned Geologists, who study volcanoes, tectonics and more, both here on Earth and in other planetary bodies.
JPL provides significant training for the nation's future scientific and technological leaders through our postdoctoral programs. Learn More
Technology drives exploration
We have ambitious computer science and technology goals—and we need stronger and smarter systems to meet them all.
We create never-before-seen solutions for journeys into space, such as high-reliability flight software that runs on the spacecraft, and ground software for planning spacecraft activities. Software engineers also create unique analysis software in a wide array of applications to simulate spacecraft, instruments, environments, and to navigate spacecraft.
Recognized by industry as a multi-year ComputerworldBest Places to Work in IT winner, JPL offers unique and once in a lifetime challenges for IT professionals. We work on the cutting edge of computing, discovering, and redefining boundaries. In addition to building and supporting critical infrastructure, providing vendor relations, and technical support, IT works in a flexible and agile environment enabling professionals to be a part of the latest technologies for collaboration within the JPL community, vendors, startups, other centers and universities.
Cybersecurity engineers and technologists protect the integrity of JPL’s data and algorithms. They develop data-driven methods for detecting security events in science and engineering operations data through emerging protocol substrates, such as blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning
New technology makes spacecraft more capable, independent, and able to maneuver, solve problems, and decide which intriguing targets to explore, without having to phone home and wait for a reply. For that we need technologists who can build computing platforms that operate beyond straightforward automation.
Before and after launch, our mission support groups are important partners to our success.
The Deep Space Network (DSN) is NASA’s international array of giant radio antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions, plus a few that orbit Earth— and they are operated by JPL 24/7, 365 days a year, from multiple locations around the globe. Working on the DSN provides an indispensable link to explorers venturing beyond our planet, and creates a crucial connection for commanding our spacecraft and receiving never-before-seen images and scientific information.
Safety and mission assurance
Protecting our people and our spacecraft is key to our success. Our safety and mission success teams analyze, predict, anticipate, and mitigate risk, and respond to the unexpected. If something breaks, safety and mission success engineers will determine how and why. They protect our planet and other plantetary bodies from extraterrestrial contamination, properly manage chemicals, radiation and other hazardous materials.
The business of space
Behind the missions there is a large community of professionals in a wide variety of areas including business, administrative, finance, operations, facilities, communications, education and outreach.
A successful mission has to overcome more than the technical engineering and scientific challenges. We have to procure the right parts, manage budgets, and keep the Lab running.
Human Resources (HR) professionals ensure that all employes are taken care of both at work and at home. They focus on a wide variety of areas, from recruitment to training, leadership development, employee engagement, and more.
Communications and outreach
Sharing what we learn and discover is core to our mission, and a benefit to humanity. Our communications professionals share news, tell our stories, foster education, and advocate for our work and our causes. Our Emmy-Award-Winning creative teams have sparked the world's interest in space and continue to inspire generations to come.
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