Agency: Smithsonian Institution
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Cambridge, MA, US
Central Engineering is the primary source for the development of scientific instrumentation for the Center for Astrophysics. CE staff conceive, design, fabricate, test, integrate/install, operate, and maintain state-of-the-art instruments for astronomical and astrophysical data collection--both ground based and space borne--and the ground support and laboratory equipment required to assemble, test, calibrate, and protect them. If this is the career for you, apply today!
This is the position of Electrical Systems Engineer, Central Engineering Department (CE), and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). Working under only the broad general direction of the Chief Electronics Engineer or Director of Central Engineering (DCE), the incumbent will independently conceive, plan, and conduct wide ranging technical investigations of extreme difficulty and complexity in areas relating to the electrical systems of ground based and space-borne state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation. He/she will work directly with Principal Investigators and staff scientists to translate scientific requirements into pioneering technology to be applied to the development of cutting edge astronomical/astrophysical instruments in support of the advance of Observatory scientific research objectives, and will ensure the translation of these concepts into functional hardware.
- May be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
- Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer required for salary payment
- Pre and Post appointment background check required.
- Domestic and international travel is required.
- Must file a Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interests.