Contamination Control Engineer I - Optics or Gas Dynamics

Job Details

Do you excel in an environment that values exploration and discovery? We have a universe of opportunities waiting for you!

  

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is NASA’s lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our core competency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.

 

JPL, located in Pasadena, California, has a casual, 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.

  

We are proud to be part of NASA and Caltech, as we explore the universe and make history through new discoveries. 

 

We aim to do things never done before and to go places few can go. We dare mighty things…do you?

Responsibilities

This unique opportunity is part of the Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication and Test Division which engages in research, technology development, and the creation of advanced mechanical, thermal, propulsion, and electronic packaging systems with expertise that spans the full breath of mechanical disciplines and is applied from architectural concept development through operations.

 

As a Contamination Control Engineer, you will be working for JPL's Propulsion, Thermal and Materials Engineering Section which provides leadership and unique world-class expertise in a wide range of technologies and technical discipline areas of chemical and electrical propulsion, thermal, materials, contamination control, analytical chemistry, geochemical instruments, physics-based modeling, and multiphase flow.

 

You will be the Cognizant or Contamination Control Engineer for deep space, planetary, Earth-orbiting missions at JPL.  Your responsibilities will include:

  • Modeling molecular and particulate contamination, materials outgassing in vacuum, surface chemistry effects, diffusion/desorption/adsorption kinetics, multiphase vacuum venting and plume induced contamination on spacecraft, instruments and scientific payloads
  • Development and implementation of contamination controls for JPL Flight Systems (spacecraft plus scientific payload(s)), instruments, subsystems, science payloads, and technology development efforts

  • Generation of project specific documents including a Project Contamination Control Plan and Requirements Document, with active participation in all phases of the flight hardware design, manufacture, integration and test, and Assembly, Test and Launch Operations (ATLO) activities.
  • Conduct analysis of contamination effects on science instruments and optical systems.
  • Develop engineering models for analysis of contamination effects on science instruments and optical systems (e.g.; UV, IR, visible, spectroscopy). These models typically address thin films (molecular deposits), optical scatter and/or photochemistry (combined effects of molecular contamination with UV and ionizing radiation, atomic oxygen), and obscuration.
  • Develop contamination requirements for science instruments and optical systems in support of mission science objectives.
  • Presentation of status and findings of the contamination control engineering deliverables and issues at project meetings and reviews, as well as interfacing with project scientists, subsystem engineers, quality assurance/reliability personnel and management in order to effectively ensure that the contamination controls developed for the flight hardware will meet all requirements levied on a given part or surface.

Qualifications

You must be a U.S. Citizen and have the ability and willingness to obtain a Top Secret clearance (unless such clearance is in place based on a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) within the last 5 years) and be able to be approved for Sensitive Compartmental Information (SCI) access. You may work on classified programs in the capacity of a lead contamination control engineer once the clearance and briefing is complete.

 

You Must Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics with a minimum of 1 year related experience; or a Master's degree with 0 years of related work experience
  • Minimum 3.0 out of 4.0 cumulative GPA
  • Proficiency in computer programming
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
    • Molecular and particulate transport
    • Materials outgassing in vacuum
    • Diffusion modeling
    • Desorption and adsorption kinetics
    • Surface chemistry
    • Vacuum technology
    • Materials identification and analysis techniques
    • Sampling and evaluation of non-volatile residues and particulates
    • Thruster plume effects/modelling
    • Contamination control engineering
    • Optical physics
    • Thin films
    • Optical scatter
    • Photochemistry (combined effects of molecular contamination with UV and ionizing radiation, atomic oxygen)
    • Photochemical deposition of contaminants
  • Excellent communication skills, experience making reports and/or presentations

Desired Skills:

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineeing, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics
  • Specialization in Optical Physics
  • Proficiency in Fortran, C, OpenGL, Python and Matlab programming
  • Experience in four or more of the following areas:
    • Contamination control engineering
    • Materials outgassing in vacuum
    • Diffusion modeling
    • Desorption and adsorption kinetics
    • Surface science
    • Vacuum technology
    • Materials identification and analysis techniques
    • Sampling and evaluation of non-volatile residues and particulates
    • Thruster plume effects/modelling
    • Contamination effects on optical systems
    • Optical physics
    • Thin films
    • Optical Scatter
    • Photochemistry (combined effects of molecular contamination with UV and ionizing radiation, atomic oxygen)
    • Photochemical deposition of contaminants
    • Molecular and particulate transport
  • Experience with Flight Systems, Spacecraft, or Scientific Instrument contamination control tasks
  • Experience as a contamination control engineer for one or more flight projects

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