Lead Research Engineer

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

ID: 7089499
Posted: November 19, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Summary
The Engineer in Research Lead will provide technical leadership for the development of complex electronic instrumentation for government-sponsored space and atmospheric research projects. The selected candidate will develop, design, and supervise the design of analog, analog-to-digital, and power system electronics in particular and assume primary responsibility for the design of instrument modules and support sub-systems. They will Design, specify, and test hardware and software used in those systems and prepare test and integration plans for all phases of electronic hardware development. In addition, they will participate in the development of proposals for new research opportunities, participate in sponsor and project-level review meetings representing University and principal investigator interests and evaluate hardware and software designs for correctness and applicability to overall design requirements.

Who We Are
About Space Physics Research Laboratory

For 75 years, the University of Michigan Space Physics Research Lab has worked with faculty at the College of Engineering and NASA to conceive, design, develop, and deploy unique scientific instruments. Riding to space on sounding rockets, interplanetary spacecraft, and planetary landers, these instruments made discoveries from the upper atmosphere to close to the sun, to as far away as Saturn and comets. Key instrumentation developed by SPRL engineers and technicians are currently operating on the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, the CYGNSS observatories, the Mars Perseverance and Curiosity rovers, and the TIMED spacecraft.

Our staff has expertise in precision analog, digital, RF, and power system electronics in particular. If you have an interest to work as part of a team to develop the next generation of space and ground precision instruments and systems then SPRL may be the right choice for you!

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Responsibilities*
60% - Develop, design, and document instrument control, ground support, and spacecraft simulation equipment and software
20% - Manage the design of instrument and support sub-systems
10% - Participate in sponsor and project-level review meetings representing University and principal investigator interests
10% - Support the development of proposals for new research opportunities
Required Qualifications*
Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering
10 years of experience in the development, design, integration, and testing of electronics used in scientific instrumentation for air and spaceborne environments
Design experience in analog electronics, analog-to-digital, power systems, or sensor systems design
Experience with NASA or other formal government agency design requirements