Technologist IV (TS/SCI)

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Job ID: 12687

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL. 


Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


The Instruments Division provides engineering and technology leadership in the development of scientific instruments to explore the Earth, planets, and the cosmos beyond.  Applications include ground based, airborne, sub-orbital, and space-based instruments and systems.  Division capabilities range from instrument conceptual design through implementation, deployment, and science product generation and distribution.


The Technologist IV will be working within the Instruments Division, the Instrument Systems Implementation and Concepts Section, that provides the Laboratory with centers of expertise in the formulation and implementation of scientific instruments, cryogenic systems, and airborne/suborbital scientific investigations. The new technologist will be a member of the Imaging Spectroscopy group and will report to the Group Supervisor. 


Tasks include but not limited to:

Come be a part of an organization that is defining the next generation of remote measurement and data fusion techniques.  NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is seeking an experienced Technologist with expertise in algorithm development for full-time employment at our location in Pasadena, CA. The selected candidate will work to develop advanced science data systems to derive information from remote measurements in the ultraviolet to thermal infrared for Earth as well as solar system objects. 


The Technologist IV will contribute to the design and specification of future imaging spectrometer instruments using state-of-the-art technology. The Technologist will participate in calibration and validation of new instruments. They will travel as needed to support measurement campaigns and validation efforts around the globe. Additionally, they will work with a team of scientists, engineers, and technicians involved in the development of advanced algorithms, instrument design, development, testing, and validation of results.





  • Bachelors in Mathematics, Physics, or a similar discipline with 9 years of minimum work experience, Master’s in Mathematics or Physics or a similar discipline with 7years of minimum work experience or PhD in Mathematics or Physics or a similar discipline with 5 years of minimum work experience.
  • Broad knowledge in approaches to airborne and satellite measurement to quantify the properties of the Earth’s atmosphere and surface constituents.
  • Software development expertise in a range of programming languages, ideally including Matlab and Python, and experience in architecting, building, and debugging software infrastructure.
  • Working knowledge of computer science principles, with comfort in typical scientific computing languages and high-performance Linux-based scientific computing environments.
  • Background in numerical techniques, signal processing theory, and statistical methods for multivariate data analysis.
  • Excellent communications skills, ability to work in interdisciplinary teams and meet deadlines.


Preferred Skills:

  • Prior knowledge of principles, theories, concepts and techniques in high-accuracy radiative transfer modeling including parameter retrieval methods.
  • Extensive knowledge of applicable Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations.
  • Working knowledge of a wide range of airborne and satellite measurement systems and related parameter retrieval methods.
  • Strong record of using spectroscopy to quantitatively determine environmental parameters and their uncertainties.


Note : Must be a U.S. Citizen with an active Top Secret (TS) clearance based upon Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) within 5 year scope and approved for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) accesses.

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