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Power Systems Engineer, Psyche Mission

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Pasadena, California 91109
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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Requisition ID 2017-8623

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Do you excel in an environment that values exploration and discovery? We have a universe of opportunities waiting for you!

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is NASA's lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our core competency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.

JPL, located in Pasadena, California, has a casual, 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.

The JPL Power and Sensor Systems Section's experts provide the knowledge and expertise for cutting edge technologies in a wide variety of power related fields including power generation, energy storage, power electronics and sensor development. The breadth of the section's technical expertise spans a wide arena ranging from materials research to technology development to flight hardware implementation for unprecedented robotic missions that explore our solar system.

We are proud to be part of NASA and Caltech, as we explore the universe and make history through new discoveries.

We aim to do things never done before and to go places few can go. We dare mighty you?

A JPL Power Systems Senior Engineer will architect spacecraft power systems, define requirements, perform trade studies, and interface with other members of the spacecraft team. A senior systems engineer is a highly motivated, creative experienced engineer with a focus on coordinating, balancing and integrating technical and program-related issues in an end-to-end manner to ensure that the total system satisfies the project's requirements. Senior systems engineers are involved in every phase of the mission life cycle including concept development, implementation, delivery, and operations. Responsibilities include performing trade studies, sizing major power system elements, managing requirements, verification and validation, and analyzing mission specific power system performance.


As a member of the Power Systems Engineering Group you will design power systems for space and terrestrial applications. You will also:

  • be responsible for developing and tracking requirements for one or more power system development efforts
  • lead teams in accomplishing power system engineering tasks
  • participate in power subsystem design engineering teams to support technical design and performance trades, perform analyses, and provide recommendations
  • present complex power system concepts to various levels of line management, project management, and other technical personnel
  • support the flight system team to develop electrical interface and grounding requirements, electrical functions lists, and circuit data sheets

In this position, you will also be expected to:

  • have experience leading spacecraft power system engineering design
  • perform system architecture and risk management analyses
  • perform complex and wide-ranging job functions and activities across multiple disciplines
  • work independently on key projects and assignments with only limited direction
  • provide team leadership by being accountable for team results on projects and assignments, including performance standards, budget and schedule
  • serve as an essential team member on teams inside or outside organization, project, activity or function



This position requires a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, or related technical discipline, with typically a minimum of 6 years of related experience; a Master's degree in similar disciplines with typically a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or a PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 2 years related experience.

Successful candidates must have experience leading spacecraft power system engineering design.

Other requirements include:

  • Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Analog Electronics, Controls, Power Systems Design, Systems Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Integration and Test
  • Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in Systems Engineering

Caltech/JPL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of Caltech/JPL to provide equal employment opportunities, actively recruit, and include for employment consideration all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


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