CEDAR email: Open position: Ionospheric Research Scientist/Engineer

Don Thompson Don.Thompson at sdl.usu.edu
Wed Jan 10 08:57:35 MST 2018

The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) is seeking a scientist/engineer in the field of ionospheric research. The selected candidate will support the Air Force Research Laboratory in the research and development of advanced space sensor concepts. Efforts span the spectrum of basic research through applied science to improve Department of Defense understanding of the ionosphere and its impact on defense-related systems. Related disciplines include ionospheric theory, radio frequency engineering, signal processing, software development, radio propagation, and plasma physics.

Typical duties may include the following:
*         - Phenomenology modeling, simulation, and measurement
*         - Developing state-of-the-art or proof-of-concept ground and in-situ (e.g., airborne, spaceborne) instruments or sensors
*         - Data collection, data compression/decompression, data visualization, data exploitation, data fusion, and data analysis
*         - Design and fabrication of laboratory equipment
*         - Upgrade, refurbishment, or repair of ground-based sensors
*         - Development of control software and analysis tools

Required Qualifications:
*         - PhD (or MS with experience) in physics, engineering, space sciences, or a related field
*         - Familiarity with basic ionospheric measurement techniques
*         - Experience with analog, digital, and RF electronics
*         - Competency in a common programming language and analysis tool (e.g., MATLAB, IDL, Python, C++)
*         - Ability to define and execute specific tasks based on broad guidance and organizational goals
*         - Self-starter and be able to work effectively independently and as part of a team
*         - Occasional travel may be required to support programs
*         - U.S. Citizenship
*         - Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:
*         - Data acquisition and signal processing experience
*         - Software-defined radio experience
*         - Competent in Linux and Windows environments

About SDL: SDL, a nonprofit unit of the Utah State University Research Foundation, has been solving the technical challenges faced by the military, science community, and industry since 1959. SDL offers flexible work schedules and competitive salaries and benefits. As a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), SDL also offers unique benefits, such as company contribution of 14.2% of annual gross earnings for retirement for exempt staff and discounted USU tuition of 50% for employees and dependents.  For additional information please visit the SDL employment web site.  This job offering can be found at https://jobs.usurf.usu.edu/usurf-jobs/employment/position-details?job_position_id=9754

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