Millimeter/Submillimeter-Wave Radar Development for Science and Security

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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 research involves development and testing of components and systems for radars and spectrometers operating from 100 to 600 GHz, with applications in earth science, planetary science, and security. Currently active projects focus on the development of millimeter/submillimeter-wave differential absorption radar for remote sensing of water vapor on both Earth and Mars to improve scientists' understanding of climate processes. The projects offer rich opportunities for collaboration with engineers and scientists across many disciplines, and they will culminate in field testing and publications in the open literature.  Dr. Ken Cooper ( will serve as the postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate under the JPL Postdoc Program.


Candidates should have a recent PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a similar field with a strong background in laboratory work, instrumentation development, and data analysis. Candidates must have excellent writing and communication skills, and will preferably have expertise in one or more of the following fields: RF/microwave test, measurement, and design; radar and remote sensing; low-noise measurements; antennas, waveguide, and integrated circuit engineering; millimeter/submillimeter-wave components; mechanical design and drawing; and data acquisition and signal processing including for FPGA platforms.  Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.


Please send a letter describing your research interests, a curriculum vitae, and a list of three references (with telephone numbers, postal and email address) to this site. Applications will be considered through June 30, 2019, with a targeted start date in the Summer or Fall of 2019.

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