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Job Summary LIGO Laboratory (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) seeks a highly motivated and skilledElectronics Engineer to join its team. LIGO is a National Science Foundation major facility dedicated to gravitational wave astronomy and astrophysics, jointly operated by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The current generation of advanced interferometers came on line in 2015 and shortly afterwards LIGO launched the field of gravitational wave astronomy with the first observation of the birth of a black hole; this achievement led to the awarding of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics to its founders. LIGO consists of two widely separated (3,002 km), 4 kilometer-long interferometers operating as a single, phased detector. One (LIGO Hanford Observatory) is located north of Richland, Washington and the other (LIGO Livingston Observatory) is in Livingston, Louisiana. Concurrent to observatory operations, the Laboratory maintains a vigorous R&D program, primarily centered at the Caltech and MIT campuses, to further enhance the capabilities of the LIGO detectors. For more information, please visit the Laboratory website at http:\\www.ligo.caltech.edu. This position is located in Pasadena, CA.
Job Duties - Design low noise, high dynamic range, analog and digital electronics - Design and/or utilize opto-electronic devices including:Piezo transducers, photodiodes, solid state lasers, acousto-optic modulators, etc. - Procure necessary supplies, parts and materials required for the setup, operation and maintenance of electronics prototypes. This will include liaising with (in-house and external) workshops and vendors - Engage in hands-on creation of precise prototypes in a laboratory setting - Assist with the development of test procedures and evaluation methodologies, as well as the corresponding planning and execution of these experiments - Support observatories, either remotely or on-site. Participate in upgrades, troubleshooting, problem solving, failure analysis, root cause and corrective action processes as required - Perform cross-discipline work involving mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and physics - Other engineering tasks as directed
Basic Qualifications - B.S Electronics engineering or equivalent - 5+ years of relevant experience. Experience can be from industry or academia, in a production or aresearch environment, or a combination of these - Excellent working knowledge of advanced electronics theory - Electronics CAD experience from concept to finished product - Precision electronics construction skills including: soldering, repair, and prototyping - Knowledge of and experience in: - Design, integration, and/or test of precision components in at least one of the following areas: analog electronics, digital electronics, RF electronics, or embedded controls - Test methodologies and requirement development, planning, and execution - Expert in the use of electronics test equipment - Work effectively with cross-disciplinary teams. This includes the ability to take direction, work independently with little to no supervision, and work in a team environment - Work non-standard work week as required to support project deliverables/schedule - Work in a cleanroom and laser environment for extended periods of time - Have meticulous attention to detail and a demonstrated ability to complete complex tasks - Must have lab skills that emphasize hands-on abilities - Demonstrated experience for which significant results were achieved due to candidate's contributions, or an established subject matter expert - Proven track record of adapting to changing needs and priorities in order to effectively address technical problems and/or facilitate project completion on schedule - Excellent organization and time management skills - Strong verbal and written communication skills, a team attitude and a high degree of professional discipline are essential - Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license - Must be able to lift and/or carry 20 or more pounds of lab and/or prototype equipment - Must be able to travel to the LIGO observatories in Washington, Louisiana, and Massachusetts, up to 25% of the time on average
Preferred Qualifications - SolidWorks CAD - Altium CAD - IPC J-STD-001 Electronics assembly certification or equivalent - Machine shop skills as applies to electronics fabrication - Disciplined approach to testing and documentation of experimental processes and results - Rounded training and experience. Not a specialist - Possess a high level of initiative, flexibility, and creativity. Possess the ability to multitask, strong problem solving skills, and a desire to learn - The ideal candidate adapts quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements, acquiring whatever knowledge and/or skills are required to effectively address problems that arise Required Documents - Resume - Cover Letter
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