Technologist II

Job Details

Job ID: 11079

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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.


We have an exciting opportunity for a research technologist with background in imaging spectroscopy and remote sensing, with facility in laboratory work, cleanroom procedures, alignment/calibration processes, and computer science.  This technologist will have the opportunity to contribute in the following ways:


  • Create and fulfill opportunities to design and deploy future airborne and space spectrometer systems.
  • Develop a broad knowledge of remote measurement to measure the physical properties of the Earth’s system. 
  • As a member of the Earth surface Mineral dust source InvestigaTion (EMIT) team, they will initially be involved in alignment, test and calibration of the EMIT spectrometer and its airborne companion version.
  • They will also be involved in hardware tasks around helping with the construction and commissioning of related imaging spectrometers like MISE, HVM3, and others.
  • More broadly, their work will involve designing, building, and operating laboratory setups to assure the proper functioning of current and future instrumentation.
  • They will model instrument properties to support design, calibration, and performance assessment and design of future devices.



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors with 3 years of related experience, Masters with 1 year of related experience, or a PhD in a related field.
  • Minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale.
  • Ability to understand, quantitatively model, measure and test optical, thermal, and optomechanical systems.
  • Working knowledge of computer science principles and comfort in high performance scientific computing environments.
  • Facility with the processes involved in developing space flight hardware technologies.
  • Background in laboratory processes, signal processing theory, and performance modeling.
  • Excellent communications skills, ability to work in interdisciplinary teams and meet deadlines.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Broad knowledge in scientific measurement to quantify the properties of the Earth’s atmosphere and surface constituents.
  • Extensive knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in airborne and space measurements.

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