Technologist II

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Job ID: 11139

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 selected candidate will be a member of the Microwave Instrument Science Group (386G) and will report to the Group Supervisor.  Will be responsible for radiometer instrument development, calibration and retrieval algorithm development.  Candidate will be responsible for assembly and test of space borne, airborne and ground based radiometer instruments.  Candidate will also be responsible for scientific analysis of the space borne radiometer data seeking new results in the areas of atmospheric, oceanic and climate science.  Candidate will work with various data sources including other satellite data and in situ data.  Candidate will be expected to publish their work in peer reviewed journals, attend and present their work at conferences and seek new work by writing proposals to internal and external sponsors.    


The candidate will be expected to:

  • Evaluate and improve upon retrieval algorithms for airborne and satellite microwave radiometers
  • Support the development of new and innovative remote sensing approaches and products utilizing microwave radiometer sensors
  • Collaborate with scientists across many disciplines to support scientific utilization of radiometer data
  • Work with a variety of disparate datasets to support calibration and algorithm improvement


Required skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science, electrical engineering, remote sensing or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 3 years of related experience; Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 1 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines.
  • Minimum of a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: atmospheric science, electrical engineering, microwave radiometer instruments, radiative transfer, satellite calibration techniques, inversion theory.
  • Experience with radiometric instruments, or retrievals, or calibration in the microwave to sub-millimeter wave domain
  • Extensive understanding and wide application of principles, theories, concepts and techniques of microwave instrument design principals.
  • Strong interest in applying efforts to investigation of the Earth system, including atmospheric and ocean processes and climate variability.
  • Proven history of using some combination of analytical, experimental, and theoretical approaches to solving problems in the sub-disciplines of microwave radiometer science, radiative transfer and inversion theory.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with developing airborne and ground-based radiometer instrumentation
  • Advanced knowledge of spaceborne radiometer development, including issues such as radiation tolerance
  • Advanced knowledge of Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications.
  • Advanced knowledge in C++, Matlab, Python

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