The primary responsibility of an Advanced Systems andTechnologies Research Engineer is to conduct applied research and development in the field of space and undersea lifesupport systems. Senior Research Engineers have overall responsibility for theirinternally-funded research and development projects, including creation ofyearly project plans, management of technical progress,budget, andschedule. They conduct hands-on work in close coordination with full-time technicians in the Advanced Engineer Laboratories to advance technologies from the proof-of-concept stage up to fully-functional prototypes for flight experiments. In addition, they may lead customer-funded research projects and serve as technical experts for the spaceflight and Navy programs within the department. The ElectrochemicalEngineering position focuses on closed-loop energy storage and power generation systems using fuel cell technology as well as oxygen generation for space and undersea applications using water electrolysis.
- Minimum of 10 years experience in pertinent engineering development, R&D, and laboratory work with emphasis in water electrolysis and fuel cell development.
- Candidate should have a solid understanding of PEM cell technology and balance-of-plant system designs that support water electrolysis and fuel cell systems.
- Conduct trade studies of oxygen and hydrogen generating equipment, and power and energy storage systems to define optimal system solution for a particular vehicle architecture.
- Strong communication skills – both verbal and written – are necessary to convey technical and programmatic progress both internally and externally.
- Demonstrated capability to work in a team environment with individuals from diverse functional groups. Additional skills of use in the laboratory include HPVee, Labview and PLC programming, and experience with electromechanical actuation (valves, mass flow controllers, stepper motors, etc.).
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or US Person must either hold a current US DoD clearance or must be able to obtain and maintain a clearance if required, and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.
- This job is considered a sensitive position in accordance with NASA Guidelines. The selected candidate will be subject to drug and alcohol testing per NASA's regulation subpart 1823.5 Drug-Free Workforce
- BS Chemical Engineering, advanced degreepreferred