Technologist I

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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.


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.


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.  Will be a member of the Analytical Chemistry & Materials Development Group and will participate in activities related to general chemical analysis working with other chemists, materials scientists and engineers in a multidisciplinary environment.  


Your responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining the safe opeartion of a chemistry laboratory.
  • Procuring chemicals and laboratory equipment.
  • Hands on lab work for preparing samples for chemical analysis and sampling of critical hardware.
  • Provide analytical chemistry support for contamination control engineering activities.
  • Fulfill requests and help develop solutions to project related issue.
  • Assist with failure analysis using instrumental analysis (including scanning electron microscope, x-ray fluorescence microscope, FTIR and optical microscopy).
  • Running analytical instrumentation in support of the service center.
  • Partners with advisor to modify technology development and test techniques, processes, and procedures.
  • Conducts moderately complex scientific analysis of experimental results.
  • Conducts moderately complex technical analyses.
  • Attends working group meetings.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical, Physics, or Materials Engineering or related technical discipline; with 1 year of related experience.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Undergraduate background in chemistry or chemical engineering.
  • General understanding and application of standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in a relevant field of knowledge.
  • Has general knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards.
  • Familiarity with working in a clean room and handling contamination sensitive hardware.
  • Aptitude to run complex instruments and handle delicate equipment.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of applicable Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations.
  • Laboratory experience and an understanding of laboratory safety issues.
  • Microscopic characterization of particle contamination.
  • Familiarity working in an analytical chemistry lab instrumentation including FTIR, LECO metal analyzers, XRF and scanning electron microscopy.     


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