Job Opportunity: Mass Spectrometer Calibration Engineer

Applications are now being accepted for a for mass spectrometer calibration engineer to support the development of flight and ground instrumentation at NASA’s Planetary Environment laboratory at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA/GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD. The position is funded through the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology II (CRESST II / https://cresst2.umd.edu/).

The ideal candidate will have strong programming skills and experience operating experimental setups. Duties will include developing software for instrument control and data acquisition / display on the ground and during flight. We have a considerable “code base” from development for previous missions including MSL/SAM (Mars), LADEE/NMS (Moon), MAVEN/NGIMS (Mars), ExoMars/MOMA (Mars), and SEAL/NMS (Moon) and several new missions on the horizon.

Desired skills include:

• BS or MA in computer science, engineering, or astronomy
• C++ for GUI applications
• Experience with Qt development
• Comfortable on multiple computer platforms (Linux, Mac, Windows)
• Experience with communication / data acquisition software development.
• Some python experience a plus
• Basic laboratory / instrumentation experience. Experience on UH vacuum systems is a plus.
• Good troubleshooting skills
• Basic electronics knowledge (DVM, oscilloscopes, ESD, safety)
• Basic physics and chemistry knowledge – Ohm’s Law, Ideal Gas law, etc.
• Not afraid of grabbing a wrench or screwdriver

Instructions to Apply
The positions will remain available until filled. Applications received by March 7, 2021 will receive best consideration. To apply, each applicant should send the following:

• Curriculum Vitae;
• A work sample in the form of either a report, poster, or journal article, along with your associated source code; and
• Two letters of reference arranged to be sent directly from your referees.

Application materials should be submitted to:
Mass Spectrometer Calibration Engineer
CRESST/UMBC
Mail Code 660.8, NASA/GSFC
Greenbelt, MD 20771, or
Via e-mail to katherine.s.mckee@nasa.gov

Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications. For more information about the proposed research, contact Dr. Mehdi Benna (mehdi.benna-1@nasa.gov). For information on CRESST II or UMBC, contact Dr. Don Engel (donengel@umbc.edu). UMBC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply. EOE/M/F/D/V.