[ES_JOBS_NET] UA Spacecraft Flight Ops- 2 positions

Kristin Block kblock at pirl.lpl.arizona.edu
Tue Sep 27 11:23:40 MDT 2016

We are looking to fill two full time positions in spacecraft flight operations. A background in planetary, geology, or astronomy is helpful but not necessary. We will begin to review resumes on 10/6 and hope to hire ASAP.  Please pass this along. Thank you!

Science Operations Engineer


The University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) has an opening for a Science Operations Engineer to work on the NASA-funded project “High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment” (HiRISE). The HiRISE instrument is flown on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and has been in operations at Mars since March 2006. HiRISE is acquiring unprecedented high resolution imaging of the Martian surface in support of science investigations of a wide range of geologic and climatic processes, and in support of future exploration. The successful candidate will become part of the HiRISE uplink operations team, which is responsible for instrument commanding. For more information, see http://uahirise.org.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Duties & Responsibilities:	
The successful candidate will support HiRISE personnel in carrying out operational activities including the following:
•	Instrument targeting: Plan observation sequences and perform command load generation for HiRISE. Interact and collaborate with HiRISE and MRO scientists and technicians to choose targets and plan the observation sequences in detail, including choosing camera settings with a detailed understanding of the MRO mission, the HiRISE camera and Mars. Verify that the imaging carried out during a planning cycle was properly commanded, identify potential problems, and implement solutions.
•	Communications: Confer and work effectively with other operations personnel, science team members, and mission management. Develop training materials and train new operations personnel and science team members. 
•	Documentation: Create and update existing operational procedure documentation as needed. Develop new procedures and streamline existing procedures. Keep clear and detailed records of procedures and science planning.
•	Special sequence generation: Carry out sequence development and testing, such as commanding to modify the instrument’s operating environment, calibration observations, and observations of non-Mars targets.
•	Schedule: Be on call 24 hours a day for 2 weeks at a time every few months. Work weekends and holidays as required to complete work throughout each 5 week planning cycle. Travel for HiRISE team meetings and MRO Project Science Group meetings and give presentations on behalf of the HiRISE Uplink Operations Group.
•	Computing: Work in a Unix operating system environment. Use specialized spacecraft science operations software to plan and command images. Develop scripts and quality test software tools. Work with HiRISE software developers to direct development of specialized software.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: 	
Minimum Qualifications	
•	Ability to work independently and in a group environment
•	Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant.
•	Federal regulations require successful completion of a background screening described by SF 85P Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions.

Preferred Qualifications:	
•	Experience in a Unix operating system environment
•	Educational background in geosciences or remote sensing.
•	Experience with flight operations for remote sensing instruments.
•	Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
•	Script development (for example Perl, Python or shell scripting) in a UNIX environment.
•	Enthusiasm for planetary science and exploration of Mars.

Review Begins On:	10/06/2016


Kristin Block
HiRISE Science Operations
UA Lunar and Planetary Lab

kblock at pirl.lpl.arizona.edu

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