Research Technologist 1 - Sub-Orbital Rocket Lab

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, May 13, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, June 10, 2022
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Penn State University
Department Name: 
Astronomy and Astrophysics
University Park
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of The Pennsylvania State University has an immediate opening for a Research Technologist 1 to work in the Sub-Orbital Rocket Lab. In the Sub-Orbital Rocket Lab we design, build, and launch high-resolution soft X-ray spectrometers and a hire is needed to help with lab maintenance and building two new payloads. Our instruments use state-of-the-art X-ray gratings, manufactured at Penn State, that need to be tested for resolution performance in the Long Cell (an X-ray beamline in the Department of Astronomy). The person hired into this position will be expected perform the testing of these gratings.

The duties of the Research Technologist 1 include:

  • Take X-ray resolution data from reflection gratings in the Long Cell
  • Assist with the maintenance of the staging, cooling, and camera systems in the long cell
  • Data collection using standard scientific practices
  • Presenting results in written reports and orally
  • Working in our main labs towards the integration of the gratings onto the sub-orbital rockets
  • Characterization of grating performance when installed in instrument payloads

Required Experience

  • One year of relevant experience
  • Working in a lab environment
  • Running experiments while taking detailed notes
  • General tool usage

Desirable Experience

  • Knowledge of CAD programs such as Solidworks
  • Working on instrumentation
  • Coding experience in Matlab/Python

Education: The Research Technologist 1 position typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Information: U.S. Export Administration Regulations require that the successful applicant provide proof of employment eligibility under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR, 22CFR120-130). Proof of employment eligibility requires documentation that you are a) a U.S. citizen; or b) a Resident Alien (i.e. green-card holder).

Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter, a diversity statement, resume, and names and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with the possibility of renewal.

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Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 10, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Dr. James Tutt
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