The Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL) has an immediate opening for a Research Scientist to support existing science missions and develop the next generation of heliophysics instrumentation and missions. Current missions at LMSAL include the recently selected Extreme Ultraviolet Solar Telescope (EUVST), the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO/AIA and HMI), and Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS). LMSAL is a part of the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center ‘s (ATC) Space Science and Instrumentation (SS&I) directorate in Palo Alto, CA. The ATC is the research lab for LM Space, and the SS&I directorate within the ATC pursues fundamental space science research and the development of prototype flight instruments and payloads. You will play a key technical role and grow into a leadership role in Heliophysics Science as part of these teams.
Duties include support for design, integration and test of optical instruments (especially for EUV/UV imaging and spectroscopy and Visible or NIR spectropolarimetry); verification of optical performance, including calibration; test and verification of image stabilization systems; analysis of system performance, including effects of spacecraft charging, jitter, etc.; planning and conducting environmental and functional testing on instruments and payloads; and support for mission operations including science planning and analysis and monitoring of calibration data/quality. You will also be encouraged to conduct supporting research and/or to seek external funding in order to pursue research commensurate with your training and expertise.
Ideally, we are looking for a colleague with a PhD in heliophysics or a similar scientific field. You should possess excellent scientific skills with experience working with optical systems and flight hardware, and experience with scripting languages such as Python. We particularly seek applicants with familiarity with:
• Experience with Zemax or similar optical ray-tracing tools
• Experience in developing and implementing concepts for optical systems
• Experience with UV spectroscopy or visible and NIR spectropolarimetry
You should also demonstrate strong attention to detail and excellent interpersonal skills. U.S. citizenship or permanent residence status is required. Some domestic and international travel will be required. Applicants would typically have a PhD and 0 – 5 years of professional experience or a Masters and 3-8 years, but more experienced candidates are also encouraged to apply. See full details here.