Research Technician Associate

Location
California, United States
Posted
10 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2019
Ref
4972
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job Summary

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.

Job Duties

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

Basic Qualifications

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Python and IDL programming languages is a plus, as well as familiarity with electronics systems, building computers, and laboratory clean room procedures

Required Documents

  • CV
  • Letters of recommendation