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Surface Science / Contamination Researcher

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Date: Sep 13, 2017

Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 28161 

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)  

Responsibilities

Effective contamination control is critical to space mission success.  Understanding the underlying physical and chemical processes that contribute to spacecraft contamination plays a key role in developing mitigation strategies and enhancing space mission performance. The candidate will have continuous learning opportunities to collaborate with experts from a wide range of technical areas, such as material science, thermal, fluid mechanics, optics, and propulsion.  In addition, the candidate will also have opportunities to be mentored by experienced staff members and gain insights into programmatic aspects in supporting US government space programs.  

 

The candidate will perform applied research and customer program support in the area of contamination transport and space vehicle component surface degradation effects relevant to space programs.  The candidate is expected to design and execute laboratory experiments, collect and analyze data, and present the scientific results in reports, conferences and journal publications.  The scientist will participate in developing contamination transport simulation modeling capabilities.  In addition, the candidate is expected to contribute to research proposals and to leverage his/her expertise to address contamination issues in support of various space system programs.  The candidate will be expected to lead experimental investigations and play key leadership roles in program support relevant to spacecraft contamination issues.   Job related travel is expected.  

 

 

Key Functions

  • Perform applied research and customer program support in the area of contamination transport and degradation effects relevant to space programs
  • Design and execute laboratory experiments, collect and analyze data, and present the scientific results in reports, conferences and journal publications 
  • Participate in developing contamination transport simulation modeling capabilities
  • Contribute to research proposals and to leverage his/her expertise to address contamination issues in support of various space system programs
  • Develop the ability to lead experimental investigation and eventually to develop leadership roles in program support relevant to spacecraft contamination issues

 

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor's degree in physical sciences such as chemistry, physics or a closely related field
  • Two or more years of relevant experience including professional or post-graduate research
  • Hands-on laboratory experience in surface sciences and/or applied spectroscopy is highly desirable
  • Expertise in analytical modeling and computer programming
  • Experience shall include designing and conducting unique experimental studies, performing data analysis, and presenting scientific results at symposia and in peer-reviewed publications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with other members of the laboratory in a team environment
  • The ability to obtain and maintain security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance
  • Future development of the abilities to lead experimental investigations and to assume leadership roles in program support relevant to spacecraft contamination issues

 

Preferred

  • A PhD in physical sciences

 

 

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.

 

Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: MEMBER-TECH STF  

Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: None 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 

 

Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

 

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.


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