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


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LIDAR/Electrical Engineer
Reference #:21-3182
Open Date:7/8/2021
Location:Hampton, VA
US Citizenship Required:Yes
Job Description:

Science Systems and Applications Inc., (SSAI) is seeking an Electronics Engineer or Physics Engineer with design and development experience with LIDAR instruments. The incumbent will support optical design, laser integration, including optical cavities, telescopes, beam alignment and routing, and integration for NASA Langley Research Center science instruments airborne and/or space projects. The candidate will design, test and integrate laser and optical components and circuits to meet instrument and project requirements. The responsibilities include:

  • Design and implement airborne and space based remote sensing LIDAR systems, with a focus on wind-LIDAR instruments.
  • Design of optical subsystems, including optical cavities, telescopes, high-precision angular measurement systems, beam routing optics, and transmitter health and monitoring systems.
  • Design, assemble and optimize breadboard and preliminary instrument prototypes for verification of in-house solid-state laser performance and operations.
  • Develop and implement test procedures to evaluate subsystem performance. Work with multi-disciplinary team (software, hardware, and optical engineers) to design and perform sub-system tests to isolate problems, correct and improve system performance.
  • Provide technical and analytical support to periodic and recurring meetings such as technical interchanges, design reviews, parts control board, safety and mission assurance, and program reviews.
  • Periodic travel may be required to other NASA centers and instrument and instrument subsystem contractor facilities primarily in the USA; however, some international travel may be required.
  • Strong analytical ability to find and gather facts with attention to details and ability to design laser optical systems to meet system requirements.

Required Qualifications:
  • This position requires a Bachelor of Science degree in electronic engineering or engineering physics with 5 years of relevant electronic design, development, integration and testing experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3-5 years of electronics design and problem solving experience, preferably with flight hardware
  • 3-5 years’ experience with any structured programming/scripting language, preferably, Python, MatLab, Solidworks
  • Design and product implementation (optical layout, component selection, procurement, integration and testing) is required.
  •  Strong analytical skills with attention to details that entail requirements review and analysis to support scientific instrument performance
  •  Strong interpersonal skills such as oral and written communications, technical writing and presentation skills are required.
  • Self-starter with ability to solve problems, address roadblocks to technical issues, and work cooperatively in a team environment
  • Knowledge & use of Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat is required, analytical skills with Excel highly desired.


Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with MIL-STD and/or NASA requirements is desired
  • Team leadership skills