Technologist, Space Radiation Research

Pasadena, California (US)
Competitive Salary with excellent benefits
Jul 24, 2018
Aug 23, 2018
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New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

We have an exciting opportunity in JPL’s Natural Space Environments Group of the Reliability Engineering and Mission Environmental Assurance Office.  As a Technologist, you will perform research to better understand/characterize the space radiation environment and effects for JPL missions and quantify the radiation environment for missions throughout the solar system. You will be responsible for creating and implementing recommended improvements to existing methods to advance research in the space radiation environment and its effects on spacecraft and to ensure quality, accuracy, and integrity of the project deliverables and compliance. You will attend project reviews and technical meetings and generate required documentation for critical decision gates. In addition, you will work to develop investment strategies that align with both OSMS and JPL technology goals. You will author proposals to influence and support related research and technology efforts. You will also publish results in peer-reviewed literature, and make presentations at professional society and industry research meetings. Finally, you will be developing and mentoring our future engineers and scientists in the area of space environments and effects.


  • PhD in Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 5 years related experience is strongly preferred.  We will also consider candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 9 years related experience; or Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 years of related experience.
  • Strong background in radiation interactions with matter, nuclear physics, and electromagnetics.
  • Good understanding of the space radiation environment and its effects on spacecraft.
  • Solid experience in using a radiation transport code, Geant4 (or equivalent).
  • Ability to work independently on complex problems and interfacing with a project. Experience in analyzing large data sets Authorship of published research works in peer-reviewed journals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Good communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to develop and manage independent research and development tasks in the space environments and effects discipline.
  • Familiarity with standard programming languages and computer analysis tools (e.g., one or more of the followings -- FORTRAN, C++, MATLAB, LabView, Solidworks, CAD, Java, Python, IDL ETC.)
  • Ability to pursue new technology and/or instrument opportunities through advocacy and outreach within the technology, scientific and stakeholder community.

JPL/Caltech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.