Open NASA Positions

Ronald Mak
Department of Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science
Department of Applied Data Science
San Jose State University

I am the Principal Investigator (P.I.) for a subcontract agreement between the San Jose State University Research Foundation and KBR, a primary NASA contractor, to hire student interns to work at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mt. View. I attend KBR's weekly job status meetings, so I can also share open fulltime positions. Please see the Job Categories and the Background at the bottom of this page.

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Student Internships

Please send your resumes to me at ron.mak@sjsu.edu. For the subject line, use NASA position: followed by the ID of the position you wish to apply for. For example, NASA position: R1234567

I know there is a general need for software testers, especially Java. If you want to be considered for a potential testing position, please use the subject NASA position: testing. If you just want me to keep your resume on file for a possible future match, please use the subject line NASA position: file.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 lockdown at NASA Ames, there are currently few open internship positions. There will be more after Ames reopens. Students whom we have already hired are working online. Unless the job description states otherwise, international students may apply, but having a social security number is absolutely required.

Click on the Position ID to download the position description which includes the requirements. Some may link instead to a KBR webpage where you can apply directly.

Position ID Title Job Category Status
R2020685 UI/UX Design Assistant for the VIPER Lunar Rover Mission
U.S. citizen or permanent resident only
Software Engineering I Filled
Last updated January 8, 2021.

I review all the resumes and forward each one that meets the requirements of a position to the hiring manager at NASA. Recommendation by a faculty member will be a major plus! It will be up to the hiring manager to decide whether to interview and subsequently recommend hiring.

Student interns will be hired by the San Jose State University Research Foundation on behalf of KBR, the primary NASA contractor. I approve the hires and sign the monthly timesheets, but onsite project supervision will be provided by KBR scientists and engineers at NASA Ames. Interns are allowed to work half time (max 20 hours/week) while school is in session and full time (max 40 hours/week) during school breaks.

Students do not have to attend SJSU to apply. But to be hired by the Research Foundation, students must currently live in the states of CA, WA, HI, IL, or PA. Unless the job description states otherwise, international students may apply, but having a social security number is absolutely required.


Fulltime Positions

Please send your resumes to me at ron.mak@sjsu.edu. For the subject line, use NASA position: followed by the ID of the position you wish to apply for. For example, NASA position: R1234567

Anyone can apply for the fulltime positions. I will review all the resumes and forward each one that meets the requirements of a position to the hiring manager at NASA. It will be up to the hiring manager to decide whether to interview and subsequently hire.

Fulltime hires become regular employees of KBR and are therefore not subject to San Jose State University Research Foundation limitations. Visit KBR.

Click on the Position ID to download the position description which includes the requirements. Some may link instead to a KBR webpage where you can apply directly.

Position ID Title Job Category Status
R2020888 Interface Developer for Autonomous Robots Software Engineer III Open
R2020889 Lunar Rover Simulation Engineer
U.S. citizen or permanent resident only
Computer Scientist II Open
R2022464 Space Mission Control Software, Web UI Test Engineer
U.S. citizen or permanent resident only
Software Engineer IV Open
R2022747 Lunar Rover Engineer (Computer Vision)
U.S. citizen or permanent resident only
Computer Scientist III Open
R2023625 Java UI Developer, Lunar Rover Driving Software
U.S. citizen or permanent resident only
Software Engineer IV Open
R2023862 Early Career, Full Stack Software Engineer (2 positions)
U.S. citizen or permanent resident only
Software Engineer I Open
R2023863 Software Developer and Integrator, Rover Mission Ops Simulation
(corrected position description)
U.S. citizen or permanent resident only
Computer Scientist III Just opened!
R2025593 Lunar Rover Flight Software Engineer
(updated skills)
U.S. citizen or permanent resident only
Research Engineer II Just opened!
R2026029 Web Developer, Open MCT, Lunar Rover Mission Operations & Ground Data Systems
U.S. citizen or permanent resident only
Software Engineer II Just opened!
R2026978 VIPER Mission Operations Integration Engineer
U.S. citizen or permanent resident only
Software Engineer IV Just opened!
Last updated March 3, 2021.

Job Categories

"Standard Labor Categories Descriptions/Qualifications for Ames Research Center"


Background

SJSU and the SJSU Research Foundation partnered with KBR, a major NASA contractor, to win the Intelligent Systems Research and Development Support 3 (ISRDS-3) contract with the NASA Ames Research Center. KBR was awarded the contract in February 2020 for up to $400M over the next eight years. See https://beta.sam.gov/opp/0ae436fd67e245369a2415b056035b83/view (SGT, LLC. is now part of KBR). The final amount and duration of the contract will depend on the tasks NASA assigns to KBR. The workshare agreement with the Research Foundation is 0.6% of revenue. I am the P.I. for this agreement, and one of my tasks is to recruit qualified student interns to work at NASA Ames.

I began three years ago to create this agreement. Starting the summer of 2018, we did a trial run during which the Research Foundation, KBR (then SGT), NASA, and I ironed out the mechanics of working together. That summer and fall, we hired over ten students to work at NASA Ames.

In my previous life, I was a Senior Scientist at NASA Ames and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).