Electrical Engineer, Europa Clipper REASON

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Mar 21, 2019

Job Description

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Electrical Engineer, Europa Clipper REASON


Job ID: 2019-10431
Type: Regular Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Engineering


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.

JPL’s Power Subsystem Electronics Group is dedicated to the development of power subsystem electronics concepts, implementation of power system architecture designs, design and implementation of hardware for flight projects, and support for project formulation and proposal support. Currently, we are seeking a creative, experienced Electronics Engineer, with expertise in space analog electronics and task leadership, to join the group and participate in the development of the next generation of space power hardware.


As an Electronics Engineer in the JPL Power Subsystem Electronics group, you will design and test electronics subsystems and support equipment and will be involved in all aspects of power electronics development from concept to delivery. As a key member of the team, you will

  • Lead a subsystem electronics development team as well as reviews of electronics, electronics test equipment, and test plans.
  • Develop and execute task plans and budgets for power and sensor space flight electronics through development, build, test, and delivery to higher level of integration
  • Act as the power electronics technical expect in the development of system designs and requirements for space power systems and power electronics.
  • Design and develop power and sensor electronics for space missions and other applications.
  • Manage the design, development, procurement, integration, configuration management, and application of test equipment and all related software used for testing power and other electronic hardware at all levels, from components through assemblies, including the collection and archiving of test data to institutional requirements, and maintenance and certification of the power electronics test laboratory to ensure the safety of flight hardware.
  • Have responsibility for all documentation related to conceptual development, reliability, structural, and thermal analyses, design drawings, and build, assembly, and test.
  • Report on technical progress, schedule, and budget to Line, Project, and Institutional Management.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of advanced electronics technology to enhance and enable future missions, and to support the development of mission proposals through expertise in the current state-of-the-practice in space electronics.


This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or similar technical discipline with typically a minimum of 12 years of related experience, a Master’s degree in similar disciplines with typically a minimum of 10 years of related experience, or a PhD in similar disciplines with typically 8 years of related experience.

You have wide-ranging experience and advanced knowledge in the following areas:

  • Expert understanding and experience in Analog Electronics, Controls, or Power Systems Design
  • Expert knowledge of the design, development, fabrication, assembly and test of analog or power electronics hardware
  • Expert knowledge of test software and hardware, particularly using LabView and LabView-compatible test equipment, including the selection, assembly, and use of electronic bench test equipment
  • Expert knowledge of:
    • circuit design and board design software associated with electronics development
    • industry and/or academic practices and standards across a range of applications related to the development, testing and integration of electronic assemblies for space applications
    • military, Aerospace & Space hardware development experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills in relating to both internal and external customers
  • Proven ability to multi-task with an established track record of meeting milestone schedules
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work with fluctuating and competing environments

Preferred qualifications include experience and demonstrated capability in the areas of:

  • Recognized expert in the field of power electronics
  • Proven ability and experience with cost estimation, managing financial accounts, and preparing work agreements
  • Extensive experience working with organization involved with flight/space hardware design, development, and test process

***Preferred Candidate Identified***

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.