Job Description :
The successful candidate for this position will support the development of an earth observing infrared spectrographic instrument including development and flow-down of the Level 1 and Level 2 requirements, optical and scientific studies to optimize the spectrograph's performance, and optical and mechanical design trade studies. Duties will also include support of Structural, Thermal, and Optical (STOP) analyses including optical ray tracing, optical error budgets, and signal to noise ratios.
The instrument scientist will be involved in the development, design, assembly, test, and calibration of the instrument including optical alignments, optical performance testing, data analysis from all optical and instrument functional and performance tests, and evaluation of the overall spectral performance.
Duties also include support for mission operations planning including science planning and analysis and monitoring of on-orbit calibration data.
In addition to supporting the earth observing instrument, the successful candidate will support other spaceflight missions and should have experience with space flight instrumentation such as solar observations in the visible and UV, and/or earth observing missions in the visible and near infrared.
This position requires detailed experience with optical instrument alignment, system level performance evaluation, and use of data analysis packages and scripting languages such as Interactive Data Language (IDL) or Python.
Applicants will be a member of the mission science team, will prepare and support original scientific research, including publications, and will lead instrument performance testing.
Applicants are expected to possess a PhD in earth or atmospheric science, heliophysics, astrophysics or similar scientific discipline.
Applicants for this position must possess excellent scientific skills with experience in (IR and/or EUV / UV) imaging or spectroscopy, and experience with scripting languages including Interactive Data Language (IDL) or Python.
Applicants will have experience with optical systems including design, analysis, alignment, test, calibration, and validation of system performance including on-orbit operations, calibration, and validation.
Applicants should also possess strong analytic and communication skills including test and analysis reports and presentation of scientific or engineering papers in journals or conferences.
Other desired skills include: experience with development of algorithms for calibration and retrieval of spectral data, experience with the NASA space flight life-cycle including major program reviews, and experience with proposal development and evaluation processes for NASA or other government research programs.