The USRA Science and Technology Institute (STI) is seeking a full-time appointment for a scientist. The ideal candidate should have experience in X-ray optics and/or related areas toward the advancement of reflective optics for space-borne x-ray telescopes.
This position will work closely with personnel in the X-Ray Astronomy Group at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
- Develop new techniques for fabricating and optimizing x-ray optics
- Generate computer models and simulations of new and existing x-ray missions and potential payload elements for spaceflight, as well as developing similar models for spin-off applications outside the field of x-ray astronomy
- Assist in the design, manufacture, calibration, testing and assembly of prototypes, flight hardware and other x-ray optics via metrology measurements and methods, as well as other commonly used tools and methods in the field
- Assist with coating studies and optimizing their performance
- Contribute to peer-reviewed journal publications, proposals, and/or conference presentations
- Other job-related duties as assigned
- PhD in Physics, Astronomy, Optics, Optical Engineering, Material Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related discipline.
- > 3 years of post-graduate experience
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- X-ray Astronomy
- Grazing Incidence X-ray Optics
- Thin Films (sub-nanometer thickness)
- Computer modeling
- X-ray generating systems
- Vacuum Deposition Systems
- Mechanical and Optical Properties of Various Materials
- Excellent Oral, Written, and Presentation Skills (both technical and non-technical)
- Able to lead independent research
- Technologically Competent
- Desire to keep learning
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.), its applications and image processing software.
- Proficient in the use of COMSOL or other modeling programs (Zemax, CodeV, etc.)
- Knowledge of LabView, IDL, or Python considered a plus.
- Knowledge of electronic equipment, computer hardware and software, including applications.
- Knowledge of x-ray equipment and handling radioisotopes
- Proficient in the use of standard office equipment.
This job operates in a professional office and laboratory environments. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, etc. This is largely a sedentary role. However, the employee may need to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. This role also involves adhering to safety standards and practices for operating in the laboratory environment.
Position is not eligible for telecommuting.
Up to 10% travel.
Applicants should apply to the posting at USRA Careers and include a letter of interest, resume, or curriculum vita. Additional information on USRA can be found at www.usra.edu.
USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.