Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's leading center for robotic space exploration.

  • 9 day fortnight
  • 1,000+ employees
  • Hybrid remote
  • Washington, United States

Who we are

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a federally funded research and development center managed by Caltech for NASA.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Established in 1936, JPL has been at the forefront of space exploration, sending the first American satellite into orbit and developing a series of groundbreaking missions to explore our solar system and beyond. Based in Pasadena, California, JPL's campus-like environment fosters innovation and collaboration among approximately 6,300 employees.

What we do

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

JPL is renowned for its role in robotic space missions, having designed, built, and operated a range of exploratory spacecraft. These include the Mars rovers, the Voyager missions, and the recently launched Perseverance rover. JPL's expertise spans Earth science and planetary missions to astrophysics and technology development, contributing to our understanding of the universe and advancing technologies for future missions. JPL also operates NASA's Deep Space Network, facilitating communication with interplanetary spacecraft.

Working at JPL

Working at JPL means contributing to missions that push the boundaries of science and technology. Employees benefit from the unique synergy between NASA and Caltech, gaining access to cutting-edge research and world-renowned experts. JPL promotes a flexible work environment with options like a 9/80 schedule, allowing employees to have every other Friday off. The lab emphasizes diversity, inclusion, and continuous learning, fostering a community where innovative ideas thrive.

Team Benefits

Working at JPL includes several benefits:

  • Exciting NASA missions: Engage in some of the most challenging and prestigious space missions.
  • Flexible work schedule: 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off.
  • Remote work policy: Options for telework one to two days a week.
  • Vacation: 12 paid holidays plus a personal holiday, generous vacation, and sick time.
  • Health and wellness: Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans, wellness programs, and fitness incentives.
  • Retirement: 403b retirement plan with contributions based on age and years of service.
  • Professional development: Access to learning opportunities and Caltech resources.
  • Social and community engagement: Active employee resource groups and community involvement opportunities.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory overview

Working Week

We work a 9 day fortnight. That's 9 slightly longer days over 2 weeks (80 hours total), with every second Friday off.

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Our Vacation Policy

We offer 25 days of PTO, including 12 paid holidays, one personal holiday, plus generous vacation and sick time accrual.


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Our working Day

  • 7am
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  • 9am
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Remote Working Policy

We offer telework options for up to two days a week, depending on the role.

Our Team

We're a team of 41k across 19 departments:

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  • information technology
  • operations
  • finance
  • administrative
  • media and commmunication
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Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Transparent Salaries
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Dentalcare
  • Equipment allowance
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Professional Development Budget
  • Mental Health Support

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