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.
As a Contamination Control Engineer, you 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.
You will be the Cognizant or Contamination Control Engineer for deep space, planetary, Earth-orbiting missions at JPL. Your responsibilities will include:
Modeling molecular and particulate contamination, materials outgassing in vacuum, surface chemistry effects, diffusion/desorption/adsorption kinetics, multiphase vacuum venting and plume induced contamination on spacecraft, instruments and scientific payloads
Development and implementation of contamination controls for JPL Flight Systems (spacecraft plus scientific payload(s)), instruments, subsystems, science payloads, and technology development efforts
Generation of project specific documents including a Project Contamination Control Plan and Requirements Document, with active participation in all phases of the flight hardware design, manufacture, integration and test, and Assembly, Test and Launch Operations (ATLO) activities.
Conduct analysis of contamination effects on science instruments and optical systems.
Develop engineering models for analysis of contamination effects on science instruments and optical systems (e.g.; UV, IR, visible, spectroscopy). These models typically address thin films (molecular deposits), optical scatter and/or photochemistry (combined effects of molecular contamination with UV and ionizing radiation, atomic oxygen), and obscuration.
Develop contamination requirements for science instruments and optical systems in support of mission science objectives.
Presentation of status and findings of the contamination control engineering deliverables and issues at project meetings and reviews, as well as interfacing with project scientists, subsystem engineers, quality assurance/reliability personnel and management in order to effectively ensure that the contamination controls developed for the flight hardware will meet all requirements levied on a given part or surface.