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Your Impact:

The Rocket Propulsion Research Engineer  will be at the  Air Force Research Laboratory, Edwards AFB, CA supporting the research and development of in-space electric propulsion technologies.

Some of your responsibilities will include: 
  • Working with electrospray thrusters, Hall-effect thrusters, electrothermal thrusters, electromagnetic thrusters and other advanced concepts. 
  • Supporting basic research in the areas of charged particle beams and plasma physics.
  • Spacecraft plume interactions, diagnostic development; to applied technology development – including fabrication, testing and development; as well flight program support to include flight demonstration.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must be a U.S. citizen able to pass a background check and obtain a security clearance.
  • Education: PhD preferred (MS acceptable) in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or a similar degree.
  • Experience with standard operating procedures, motion control systems and plasma diagnostic tools as used in vacuum test facilities.
  • Experience with LabVIEW, especially regarding the control of experimental hardware and data acquisition.
  • Experience with MATLAB or Python or some similar programming language.
  • Experience preparing written reports describing the methods, analysis, and results of experiments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative research environment.
  • Highly motivated to develop space exploration technology.
Desired Qualifications (a strong candidate need not have all of the skills/experiences described below):
  • Demonstrated ability to build-up and operate experiments involving charged particles or plasmas to address specific research topics and test objectives, or meet detailed technical requirements.
  • Experience building, testing, and operating electrical circuits used to provide power, control hardware and instruments, or acquire data signals, including operating and troubleshooting high-speed electronics and data acquisition systems (>1kV).
  • Experience with non-invasive diagnostics including but not limited to optical diagnostics.
  • Experience designing or operating equipment and circuits for applications involving high-voltages (>1 kV).
  • Experience designing and building components using conventional machining methods, including applying methods of microfabrication or nanofabrication.
  • Experience operating vacuum systems, knowledgeable of best practices at pressures ranging from 10-4 to 10-7 Torr, or lower.
  • Knowledge of or experience applying diagnostics for custom applications involving plasma devices are charged particle beams, including time-of-flight systems, retarding potential analyzers, plasma probes (e.g. Langmuir probes, emissive probes, Faraday cups, ExB probes), or thrust stands.
  • Experience operating experiments or tests involving Hall-effect thrusters, ionic liquid electrosprays, or other electric propulsion technologies. Experience with plasma beams, ion beams, or other devices manipulating or controlling charged particles.
  • Experience with National Instruments DAQ and/or Allen-Bradley automation systems
  • Experience with data-driven techniques in exploring plasma physics.
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal. Experience presenting papers at conferences or publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Essential Functions
Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position 
  • Lifting: Must be able to open heavy vacuum chamber doors (5%).
  • Crawling: May be necessary to move through some tight spaces to access wiring, etc. (5%).
  • Special clothing/equipment (wearing): Must wear clean room clothing when in clean room (10%). Must always wear appropriate lab attire when in the lab (100%).
  • High noise level: Potentially high noise levels when working in machine shop (20%).
Description of Work Environment
  • Inside?  Outside? Combination? Where?: Mostly Inside (95%), some vacuum equipment is outside (5%).
  • Hazardous conditions - What are they?: Will work with potentially hazardous chemicals (25%) and high voltages/currents (25%).
  • Travel/transportation requirements: Should be able to operate standard consumer vehicles (5%).
Equipment and Machines Involved in Work Tasks 
  • Office equipment/machines electrically/battery operated - which?: Desk computer/laptop (50%), printers, etc. (5%)
  • Vehicles, forklifts, etc. operated which?: Should be able to operate standard consumer vehicles (5%).
  • Tools used in trade - which ones?: Basic hand tools, power tools, mills, lathes, CNC (25%). Basic laboratory equipment, multi-meters, power supplies, etc. (25%).
Criticality of Attendance
  • Overtime, regular days, off days: Standard benefits vary by contractor.
  • Shift, 1st,: 9-80 schedule
  • Necessity for regular attendance: 100%
  • Urgency for punctuality: 100%
Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language. See Job Description

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