Research Technician Associate
The Faint Intergalactic Redshifted Emission Balloon (FIREBall-2) experiment is a complex, multi-object spectrograph designed to look for the faint and diffuse emission from gas outside of galaxies at low redshifts (with lines shifted into the near-UV).
The team looking for a full-time Professional Research Assistant, who is comfortable taking over aspects of the project.
Tasks that the team are looking for leadership roles include but are not limited to:
- Computer hardware changes and managing software upgrades & creation
- Designing and creating mechanical and electrical hardware (including cables and cable management)
- Being in charge of the Communications aspect of the instrument during flight, including discrete command control and managing downlink data from the science computers (including science images and housekeeping data)
- Helping to organize flight systems signal networking and planning telemetry schedules
- Becoming involved in ongoing collaborations with the Microdevices Laboratory at JPL to continue fabricating, testing, and characterizing NEXUS Devices
- Experience with electrical engineering or software engineering is highly desired, though not required
- A BS or BA in a STEM subject is required
- The applicant should be comfortable with trying to integrate hardware and software in real-time situations
- Applicant will need to travel both domestically (for FIREBall-2 balloon campaigns in either Ft. Sumner, NM or Palestine, TX) and internationally (for integration of the hardware and testing of the instrument in Marseille and Toulouse, France)
- Must have all necessary credentials to work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Experience with Python and IDL programming languages is a plus, as well as familiarity with electronics systems, building computers, and laboratory clean room procedures
- Letters of recommendation