Research Technician Associate

California, United States
10 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2019
Contract Type
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