Science Systems and Applications, Inc. - Science and Technology with Passion


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Space Instrument Scientist/Engineer
Reference #:21-3166
Open Date:6/29/2021
Location:Greenbelt, MD
US Citizenship Required:No
Job Description:

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is seeking a Space Instrument Scientist/Engineer with experience in space sensors and instrument calibration to support projects on the Hydrosphere, Biospheric and Geophysics (HBG) contract at NASA's GSFC. 

If you are on a journey to explore and expand your ideas and career, you are ready for HBG. This contract provides scientific, engineering and software support for the design, development and testing of remote sensors, sensor systems, space-based instruments, sensor calibration and on-orbit performance analysis to NASA.

Situated at NASA/GSFC in Greenbelt, MD, this position will provide the needed support for a passive microwave remote sensing instrument development, testing, calibration, validation and data analysis. The successful candidate will support instrument Flight Team on the NASA/NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program. Key skills needed include good understanding of the passive microwave measurements, data reduction, processing and analysis to generate performance assessments needed for instrument requirements verification. The candidate will be working closely with JPSS project scientist, the sensor vendor engineers, JPSS program management, as well as presenting sensor performance status at major reviews. JPSS program is currently the biggest US Earth Observing Satellite System in support of Earth climate research and numerous environmental, societal and economical applications. There are four planned spacecraft in the series.  S-NPP and JPSS-1 are two missions currently in operation, JPSS-2 and JPSS-3 are under testing and getting ready for launch.

At SSAI we invest in our people, optimize creativity and leverage opportunities. We provide robust training opportunities and mentoring to advance your career. Our collaborative team environment encourages employees to be enthusiastic, creative and to bring challenging ideas that enhance your passion for science and technology while maintaining work-life balance. If this is what you are looking for, we want to hear from you.

Required Qualifications:
    • MSc/Ph.D degree with at least 5 years of experience in Physics or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Knowledge of passive microwave instrument measurements
    • Demonstrated experience with analysis software such as IDL, Matlab, C++, and Python
    • Strong background in data analytics, and able to identify and perform research tasks
    • Capable of working both independently and within a dynamic project science team
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a must, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and oral presentations made at major science conferences
    • US Citizenship or Permanent Residency required
Desired Qualifications:
    • Experience working with space sensors testing, calibration and characterization desired
    • Experience with operational sensor data processing software and interaction between engineering and science teams preferred.