Experienced Power Subsystem Electronics Engineer

Job Details

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JPL’s Power and Sensor Systems Section provides end-to-end development of materials, devices, and hardware, provides capabilities, components, and systems for spacecraft and terrestrial power sources, energy storage devices, power electronics and power systems, and chemical, electrochemical, and conductive sensors. The Section maintains expertise in cutting-edge technologies over a wide variety of fields in power systems and sensor development.

The Section functions as the laboratory resource for the development and implementation of power technologies, flight power systems, and sensors.  Its primary focus is to provide advanced development capabilities for spaceflight power systems, including solar arrays, thermal electric sources, energy storage (e.g., primary and secondary batteries), and fuel cell technology.

JPL’s Power Subsystem Electronics Group is dedicated to the development of power subsystem electronics concepts, implementation of power system architecture designs, design and implementation of hardware for flight projects, and support for project formulation and proposal support.  Currently, we are seeking an creative, experienced Electronics Engineer, with expertise in space analog electronics and task leadership, to join the group and participate in the development of the next generation of space power hardware.

 

Responsibilities

As an Electronics Engineer in the JPL Power Subsystem Electronics group, you will design and test electronics subsystems and support equipment and will be involved in all aspects of power electronics development from concept to delivery. As a key member of the team, you will

  • Participate in and lead a subsystem electronics development team as well as reviews of electronics, electronics test equipment, and test plans.
  • Develop and execute task plans and budgets for test campaigns for space flight hardware, including functional, stress, and environmental testing of power electronics.
  • Contribute to the development of system designs and requirements for space power systems and power electronics.
  • Design and develop power and sensor electronics for space missions and other applications.
  • Manage the design, development, procurement, integration, configuration management, and application of test equipment and all related software used for testing power and other electronic hardware at all levels, from components through assemblies, including the collection and archiving of test data to institutional requirements, and maintenance and certification of the power electronics test laboratory to ensure the safety of flight hardware.
  • Have responsibility for all documentation related to conceptual development, reliability, structural, and thermal analyses, design drawings, and build, assembly, and test.
  • Report on technical progress, schedule, and budget to Line, Project, and Institutional Management.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of advanced electronics technology to enhance and enable future missions, and to support the development of mission proposals through expertise in the current state-of-the-practice in space electronics.

Qualifications

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or similar technical discipline with typically a minimum of 6 years of related experience, a Master’s degree in similar disciplines with typically a minimum of 4 years of related experience, or a PhD in similar disciplines with typically 2 years of related experience.

You have wide-ranging experience and advanced knowledge in the following areas:

  • Deep understanding and experience in Analog Electronics, Controls, or Power Systems Design
  • Proven experience in the design, development, fabrication, assembly and test of analog or power electronics hardware
  • Experience with test software and hardware, particularly using LabView and LabView-compatible test equipment, including the selection, assembly, and use of electronic bench test equipment
  • Knowledge of:
    • circuit design and board design software associated with electronics development
    • industry and/or academic practices and standards across a range of applications related to the development, testing and integration of electronic assemblies for space applications
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in relating to both internal and external customers
  • Proven ability to multi-task with an established track record of meeting milestone schedules
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work with fluctuating and competing environments

Preferred qualifications include experience and demonstrated capability in the areas of:

  • The use of computer aided engineering tools to support the electronics design process
  • The application of principles, theories, concepts and techniques in electronic circuit design, simulation, and test, particularly focused on analog electronics in space environments
  • Military, Aerospace & Space hardware development experience

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