LIGO Laboratory (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) seeks a highly motivated and skilled Electronics Technician to join its team. LIGO Laboratory is a National Science Foundation major facility dedicated to gravitational wave astronomy and astrophysics, jointly operated by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2015 LIGO launched the field of gravitational wave astronomy with the first ever successful observation of the birth of a black hole. In addition to research and development (R&D) sites on the Caltech and MIT campuses, LIGO consists of two widely separated (3,002 km), 4 kilometer-long interferometers operated as a phased detector. One (LIGO Hanford Observatory) is located north of Richland, Washington and the other (LIGO Livingston Observatory) is in Livingston, Louisiana. The Laboratory maintains a vigorous R&D program, in parallel to running the observatories, to further enhance the capabilities of the LIGO detectors. For more information, visit the Laboratory website at http:www.ligo.caltech.edu.
This position is located in Pasadena, California.
The Electronics Technician will work closely with other engineers and scientists on a variety of applied R&D and engineering design tasks for the LIGO Laboratory’s Caltech Electronics Engineering, Control and Data Systems (CDS) group.
The Electronics Technician will support ongoing research efforts and/or electronics development. In addition to supporting the setup and operation of these experiments and facilities, the individual would assist with documentation, purchasing, and liaising with workshops and vendors.
This individual must interface with a dispersed team across the LIGO Laboratory (4 locations).
• Design, assemble, test, operate and maintain custom electronics to support research and development efforts.
• Procure necessary supplies, parts and materials required for the setup, operation and maintenance of lab prototypes and electronic devices. This will include liaising with workshops and vendors.
• Assist with the development of test procedures and evaluation methodologies, as well as the corresponding planning and execution of these experiments.
• Support observatories, either remotely or on-site. Participate in upgrades, troubleshooting, problem solving, failure analysis, root cause and corrective action processes as required.
• Construct and test high reliability wiring and connector solutions for operation in an air and vacuum environment which may involve working in a cleanroom environment and standing for long periods of time.
• Other engineering tasks as directed.
• Travel to the observatories will be required on occasion, up to 25% of the time on average.
• Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology or other related field, or equivalent experience (Minimum equivalent equals to a High School Diploma/GED certificate, plus 4 years of experience).
• Must have 5 years or more of relevant experience. Experience can be from industry, research environment, or a combination of these.
• Must have electronics installation experience including the ability to work from wiring diagrams and layouts. This also includes working knowledge of basic electronics theory.
• Must have expertise in using electronic test equipment (Oscilloscopes, Signal Analyzers, etc.)
• Must be able to work effectively with cross-disciplinary teams with little or no supervision.
• Must have excellent organization and time management skills.
• Must have strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Must be able to lift and/or carry 20 or more pounds of lab and/or prototype equipment.
• Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to maintain it throughout the course of employment.
• Must be willing to travel at least once a quarter, via airplane to Louisiana, Washington State or Massachusetts.
• Direct experience with Altium CAD and/or SolidWorks CAD.
• SPICE Circuit Simulation
• IPC J-STD-001 Electronics assembly certification or equivalent
• Must be able to work in a cleanroom and laser environment for extended periods of time.
• Possess machine shop skills as applies to electronics fabrication.
Supervisory position? No
Posting Detail Information
Posting Open Date 10/17/2016
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.