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 "Background" at the end of this page.


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.

Resume tip: Tailor your resume to the position that you're applying for. The position descriptions are very clear about the job requirements. If you have matching qualifications, list them at the top of your resume, not buried down below in your work and life experiences. Don't expect hiring managers to search for them!

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 green card holder only)
Software Engineering I Newly opened
Last updated November 18, 2020.

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 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
R2012125 Interface Developer for Autonomous Robots Software Engineer III Open
R2015313 Lunar Rover Simulations Engineer Computer Scientist II Open
R2017755 Senior Software Engineer, Moon Rover Planning and Scheduling Software Engineer IV Filled
R2017922 Senior Web Application Test Engineer, Space Mission Control System Software Engineer IV Open
R2017924 Java Desktop, UI Developer Lunar Rover Driving Software Software Engineer IV Open
R2018427 Lunar Rover Software Test Engineer Computer Scientist II Open
R2018594 Web Developer, Open MCT, Lunar Rover Mission Operations & Ground Data Systems Software Engineer III Open
R2019419 React/Full-Stack Software Developer for UAS Traffic Management Software Engineer IV On hold
Last updated November 11, 2020.

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 over two 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).