Technologist, Level 2 (Magnetometer)

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Job ID: 11052

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The Microdevices & Sensor Systems Section operates under the Instrument Division and is responsible for the development and delivery of sensors, instruments, instrument electronics, and flight software technologies needed by JPL/NASA to enable new terrestrial, astrophysics, and planetary in situ and remote science experiments and observations. The Section provides research and technology for science instrument as well as flight instrument engineering.


The Advanced optical and microelectromechanical group seeks a self-motivated  Technologist, Level 2 (Magnetometer) who can work well both independently and in a team environment. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a novel magnetometer instrument, including but not limited to sensor optimization, analog signal conditioning, firmware signal processing development, packaging, and/or test and calibration.


 A successful candidate will be able to:

  • To work on development of a new magnetometer sensor technology based on solid-state quantum engineered p-n junction in a wide bandgap semiconductor to advance it from technology readiness level (TRL) 3 to 5 and make it ready for flight missions
    • Be responsible for performing optimization of the design, qualification and testing of the instrument, with a strong focus on system-level modeling and integration/testing
  • To be the lead on new technology infusions for novel instrumentations applied to future planetary and human explorations.
    • Writes and contributes to proposals to obtain funding for future technology developments
    • To create and fulfill opportunities for new technologies, then apply theoretical principles, and use creative analytical, experimental techniques, and scientific methods to develop new technology and instrument opportunities.
    • To establish and verify models of instrument properties in support of design, calibration, and performance verification
  • Workindependently on important assignments and projects with only limited supervision, typically receiving only general instructions.
    • Exercise discretion and independent judgment to compare and evaluate various methods, approaches, and resources, and decides which will best accomplish each aspect of such assignments and project
  • To publish technology and science results


  • Bachelor’s degree in Atomic and molecular physics, applied physics, electrical engineering, or related technical disciplines with 3 years of related work experience; or Master’s degree in similar disciplines with 1 year of related work experience; or Ph.D. in similar disciplines with 0 years of related work experience.
  • Exceptional interest to infuse new technologies, to develop new systems, and applying them to address novel science questions
    • Keen interest working from conception through flight delivery, based on magnetometry, magnetic sensor integration and test, and qualification.
  • Advanced knowledge and demonstration of skills in one or more of the following areas: magnetometer instrument design, signal processing, Verilog firmware implementation, small-signal current and voltage analog conditioning circuits, and or optics.
    • Demonstrated on how to design, fabricate, build, test, calibrate, and evaluate a fully- operational sensory system.
    • Ability to work with Matlab, LabView, Microsemi Libero, Verilog, Mentor Graphics Questa or Model Simulator, and or Altium
  • Extensive understanding and wide application of principles, theories, concepts, and techniques into instrument design principles.
    • Requires experience with hands-on and understanding of the sensory instrument, not only limited to physics of the sensor component but also to its readout electronics, firmware understanding, and packaging as a whole
    • Knowledge of sensor semiconductor physics and quantum mechanics
    • Knowledge of spectroscopic techniques such as electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and or electrically/optically detected magnetic resonance.
    • Knowledge of small-signal analog signal conditioning circuits & various amplitude and frequency modulation/demodulation schemes
    • Knowledge on how to derive science requirements and its implementation and verification
  • Ability to multi-task independently with an established track record of meeting milestone schedules.
  • Strong understanding of system engineering and development processes
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated effectiveness and working closely in a team environment. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to present work in peer and design cycle reviews


Preferred Skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of optics and optical readout design.
  • Thorough understanding of advanced modern test instrumentation and the interfaces and software used to control and monitor their functionality.
  • Experience in microfabrication of solid-state/MEMS sensors and wireless integrated microsystems
  • Ability to work well with cross-functional teams, design engineers, management, and other NASA centers.

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U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

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