Instrument Detector Engineer for Space Applications

Applied Physics Laboratory

Laurel, MD 20726

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

## Position Description

We are seeking an Instrument Detector Engineer to join our Space Instrumentation Group. The Instrumentation Group at JHU APL has sent sensors to Mars, Jupiter, Mercury and Pluto and we are looking for someone to assist us in the area of visible and IR detectors.

As an Instrument Detector Engineer, you will:

* Lead the development of detector modules (CCD, CMOS, Hybrids) for space application science instruments.

* Work with instrument systems engineering and scientists developing performance requirements and architecture for detector and detector electronics.

* Lead with interdisciplinary detector module team to optimize detector performance in terms of specific science collection.

* Lead detector procurement activities: including vendor selection, project execution and oversight (may require some travel)

* Conduct radiometric and optical analysis driven by detector performance within the constraints of the mission and science goals: SNR, MTF, noise, uniformity, and temperature dependent response.

* Develop subsystem testing for detector system to verify system performance and environmental requirements as well as characterization and calibration of devices.

* Assist in system level testing development for optical characterization and calibration.

* Manage schedule and resources involving project’s detector effort.

* Communicate within project, functional, and laboratory leadership

* Work toward developing new technology using internal grants and IRAD funds.

* Participate in lab wide reviews of developing detector technologies.

* Mentor early career engineers in the way of the photon/electron/digital count transfer.

## Qualifications

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have:

* BS or MS in Engineering, Physics or related technical discipline with relevant experience.

* 10-15 years of experience in detectors and imaging systems for space applications

* Knowledge of Si CCD and CMOS detectors. HgCdTe and Hybrid detectors considered a plus.

* Knowledge of instruments used for science space applications.

* Knowledge of detector supplier industry.

* Experience in analog electronics.

* Strong computer modeling skills in the program of your choice.

* Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, to support interactions with vendors, sponsors, and personnel with a range of experience levels.

* Are able to obtain Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

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*Primary Location:* *United States-*Maryland-*Laurel

*Req ID:* 21743



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