Technologist, WFIRST Coronagraph Instrument

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Job ID: 11130

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We are seeking a researcher who will take an active role in support of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) Coronagraph Instrument (CGI) as part of the Project Science Team. You will collaborate closely with both the Project instrument team and the external CGI science teams to maximize the scientific and technological yield of CGI.


You will take initiative in areas such as: data processing, calibration, and observing strategies; performance predictions; error budgets flowdown from high-level objectives to engineering requirements; observation planning tools; and support of internal and external reviews. As a secondary responsibility, you will keep abreast of the state of the art in high-contrast imaging through active engagement in research. Finally, you will be expected to actively contribute to equity, diversity, and inclusion at JPL.


We require an advanced degree in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary science, physics or a related field, along with a strong track record in high-contrast science and instrumentation. A PhD is highly desired; we may also consider otherwise exceptional candidates with a Master’s degree and at least five years of relevant experience. Expertise may be demonstrated through experience in several of the following areas, which the applicant should develop in the research statement: data processing, survey design, publication record, instrument commissioning and calibration, and/or hardware design and assembly. The applicant is expected to have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work effectively and with initiative in a large team setting.


Preferred additional areas of expertise include one or more of the following: WFIRST CGI, high-contrast imaging and spectroscopy data processing and calibration, high-contrast polarimetry, direct imaging survey and observation design, and/or detector characterization and calibration, particularly with electron multiplying CCDs.


Complete applications will include:

  • a cover letter describing the applicant’s vision for their role as a Coronagraph Technologist at JPL working with, and in support of, the WFIRST mission
  • a curriculum vitae including a bibliography of refereed and other work
  • a statement of research experience and objectives for the role, as well as experience and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance JPL’s diversity and equity efforts
  • Contact information for three professional reference writers.

Applications received by November 4th, 2019 will receive full consideration.

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