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Telecommunications Engineer II At Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Location: La Cañada Flintridge, California

Job Description

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.

Responsibilities
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.

Responsibilities:
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 a Telecommunications Engineer Level 2 in the Communications Architecture and Operations Group 337K.

Be a member of Communications Architecture and Operations Group 337K.
Support telecom subsystems and instruments during all phases of a flight project with emphasis on systems engineering, integration, test and operations.
Lead preparation of requirements documents, interface agreements documents, verification and validation (V&V) plans.
Develop, prepare and execute V&V plans that have significant impact. Will lead change requests, lead waiver efforts, and support Problem Failure Report (PFR) investigations. Will lead the development, negotiation and documentation of telecom to spacecraft electrical and hardware interfaces and spacecraft telecom to ground station interfaces.
Track and document mass, power and data volume specifications and budgets for the telecom subsystem.
Manage contingency, margins, and allocations and negotiate changes with the project. Participate in the development or presentation material and actual presentation for project review involving the telecom subsystem.
Support Hardware Review/Certification Requirements (HRCR) and Certificate of Flight Readiness (CoFR) reviews.
Support the Flight Telecom Product Development Manager in managing risks, performance error budgets, trade studies, design integration, requirements allocations, interface definition/verification, and verification & validation planning and execution for PCS.
Help develop the telecom subsystem test plan. Will help develop the telecom subsystem operations plan.
Assist in capture and documentation of nominal, off-nominal and idiosyncratic telecom subsystem modes and corresponding telemetry that are passed forward to telecom operations development team.
Support the research and development of new flight telecom and radar technologies.
Propose new work in communications, signal processing, radar and systems in related fields, often by partnering with other groups within Division 33, 9x Interplanetary Network, 4x Solar System Exploration Office and 6x Mars Program office, as well as academic and industry partners.
Develop and update tools to process telecom engineering telemetry and perform long term statistical analysis of results.
Develop new Electra flight operations sequences.
Propose and lead updates to Electra flight software and firmware to improve relay performance or institute new functions as required.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related technical disciplines with 3 years of related experience; or Master's degree in similar disciplines with 1 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with 0 years of related experience.
Knowledge of industry practices and standards related to flight avionics and flight telecom design and test.
Knowledge of the principles of flight communications system components/technologies (transponders, amplifiers, antennas, etc.), their functions, interfaces and integration & test techniques. Willingness to work closely with flight project personnel and engineers, scientists and managers throughout Division 33 and the Laboratory.
Strong knowledge and experience in some of the following areas: Digital signal processing, modulation, channel coding data compression, RF circuit design, software defined radios, FPGA and software development for flight, telecom component/subsystems testing and test lab equipment, flight avionics development, telecom link budgets, antenna design and performance, RF modeling and propagation, radar signal modeling and radar system design and test, protocols used in deep space, near earth, and earth communications, machine learning or artificial intelligence.

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated verbal and written communications and organizational skills.
Ability to collaborate with flight engineering teams involving multiple technical disciplines.
MA/MS or PhD degree. Demonstrated ability to perform and communications design and development, with specific emphasis on telecommunications flight systems, flight instrument, and non-flight instrument integration and test for JPL flight projects and/or key research and development tasks for internal and external customers. Demonstrated ability to conceive, propose and win new business.
Knowledge of Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications.
Knowledge of JPL Flight Design Principles and Rules and lessons learned as they relate to telecommunications and/or radio science subsystems for flight applications
Experience architecting telecom systems including concept, architecture, design and requirements
Direct flight mission telecom system engineering experience
Experience working on flight proposal teams
Experience working on telecom or radar research and development teams
Experience with flight telecom subsystem testing.
Experience with software and/or firmware development and test
Experience with digital modem or signal processing development and test
Experience with Deep Space network telecom and radiometric signaling standards and protocols