With an unmatched history creating groundbreaking advances in science and technology, JPL has been in the space exploration business since the beginning. 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 teamwork, and reward excellence. We resonate with people who are looking for ways to go further and offer an opportunity to be part of a team of passionate and dedicated engineers working with some of the world's best capabilities and cutting- edge technology in science, technology, and engineering. We take great pride in JPL's innovative work culture, and offer a comprehensive benefits plan, relocation, tuition reimbursement, and generous Caltech retirement contributions.
The JPL Communications, Tracking and Radar Division performs scientific investigations, advanced technology research, engineering developments and system implementations encompassing space telecommunications, tracking and active remote sensing using electromagnetic waves. Within the Communications, Tracking and Radar Division, the Flight Communications Section engineers cost-effective space borne communications systems, services and products including direct-to-Earth (DTE) and proximity relay links for NASA/JPL and non-NASA missions; developing, delivering and supporting software-defined radios (SDRs), spacecraft and airborne antennas, RF power amplifiers, and related products for RF system applications. Also, this section specializes in optical communications, including deep space lasers, sensitive single-photon detectors and actuator-sensor systems for accurate narrow laser beam pointing, in addition to developing telecom concepts and demonstrating them for infusion into operational ground and space systems of NASA missions, for DARPA, and other agencies.
Do you have a passion for space exploration and flight electronics? Are you a strategic team player and enjoy the challenge of electronics development from design concept to implementation?
We seek a self-motivated individual who can work well both independently and in a team environment to serve as an Power Supply Test Engineer 2 for our Spacecraft Transmitter Systems Group (337D). You will report to the Group Supervisor and programmatically to the Cognizant Engineer of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) high voltage power supply (HVPS) flight electronics.
Some Challenges You Will Tackle:
Be a member of a multidisciplinary team of hardware, software, and firmware engineers to develop, test, and deliver EM/FM models of digital/analog and power hardware to SWOT High Voltage Power Supply flight electronics Integration and Test (I&T).
Participate in development of RF, analog and digital electronics slice-level development for radios, radars, radiometers and power supplies.
Work with flight electronics system and cognizant engineers to develop and execute subsystem Verification and & Validation testing plans to meet spacecraft interface and environmental requirements.
Support development, documentation, and testing of Bench Test Equipment (BTE) and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) hardware and software.
Support reliability analyses of electronic circuits for thermal, radiation, parts stress, worst-case, etc.
Support the overall design, fabrication, assembly, and testing of prototype, engineering model (EM) and flight model (FM) printed wiring boards and subassemblies.
Evaluate existing SWOT power supply circuit and test results and support modifications and updates to PWB schematics and layouts to comply with FM requirements.
Participate in project and subsystem milestone reviews and MMRs.
Update FM parts lists and support parts qualification and procurement efforts.
Be responsible for handling of flight articles including interaction with Quality Assurance (QA) and use of Build, Assemble and Test (BAT) planning and execution.
You Must Have:
Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 3 years of related experience, a Master's degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 1 years of related experience, or a Ph.D. in similar disciplines with 0 years of related experience.
Experience with analog electronics,including testing and building circuits.
Experience developing design requirements, solving engineering problems, coordinating fabrication, assembly, and qualification of space flight hardware.
Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts, and techniques in PWB implementation, digital hardware, FPGAs, and microprocessors.
Advanced knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in circuit design, simulation, and schematic capture.
Knowledge of Python, C/C++, and or LabView for use with testing electronic and circuits.
Got These? Even Better:
Experience in cost account management and schedule tracking
Experience with hardware; FPGAs and firmware; microprocessors and embedded software
Experience with high speed digital interface and modem developments
Advanced knowledge of applicable Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations
In depth understanding of electronic systems, design, fabrication, debugging, and integration and test
Demonstrated ability to develop and execute verification and validation plans and procedures
Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
PWB design, fabrication, and assembly
Experience in the development and delivery of power supplies and other space flight hardware