Laboratory Specialist to Support NASA Field Campaigns
Science Systems and Applications, Inc
 Greenbelt, MD

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Laboratory Specialist to Support NASA Field Campaigns

Reference #:19-2728 Open Date:10/9/2019 Location:Greenbelt, MD US Citizenship Required:No Job Description: Do you enjoy traveling to support scientific research? Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is seeking a Laboratory Technician/Specialist to support aircraft- and ground-based atmospheric monitoring instruments during domestic and international field campaigns. Work will primarily be performed at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, as well as remotely during domestic and international field campaigns.

The aircraft and ground-based instruments are used to validate data retrieved from NASA and NOAA satellites. The successful applicant will support all phases of instrument production, from assembly to calibration, testing and deployment/operation in the field. The selected individual will support the processing, reduction, and analysis of field campaign data sets to show scientific objectives have been met. The selected individual will require strong scientific programming and data analysis skills as well as working knowledge of the underlying physical processes. The successful applicant will help manage and maintain NASA's Radiometric Calibration and Development Facility (RCDF) laboratory and will support parts and chemical inventories and purchasing.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (B.S.) and a minimum of 10 years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5+ years of closely related laboratory experience
  • Demonstrated programming and data analysis skills using software such as Matlab, IDL, C, Python, and Fortran
  • Ability to develop and test flight instruments both in the laboratory and in the field
  • Ability to lead or assist in the operation of instruments during flights
  • Solid communication skills and proven ability to work in a team environment
  • Experience with the development, testing, and repair of ground based scientific instruments
  • Ability and willingness to travel in support of field campaigns
  • Ability to manage week to week laboratory operations and tasks
  • Experience maintaining parts and supplies inventories
  • Ability to independently work through situational issues and use problem solving skills to achieve desired project outcome
  • Eligibility to work in the US and ability to meet NASA's background investigation requirements for IT and physical access to NASA facilities

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working UV/vis remote sensing instrumentation
  • Experience maintaining laboratory tools, instruments and infrastructure (nitrogen, liquid nitrogen tank, air handling systems, etc.)
  • Certification in electrostatic discharge
  • Experience in working in Class 10,000 clean room
  • Experience creating detailed documentation and keeping accurate records
  • Good decision making with the ability to organize projects' priorities