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Equipment Specialist

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National Aeronautics And Space Administration Hampton , VA 23669

Posted 3 months ago

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As an Optical Spectrometer and Lidar Equipment Specialist in the Remote Sensing Branch (RSB), contributes significantly to the development, and leads the assembly, integration, test, and deployment of passive optical spectroscopy equipment and active lidars for ground-based, aircraft, and spaceflight missions. Passive optical spectroscopy and active lidar equipment is a critical and essential element to the instrument suites employed by RSB.

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Leads the assembly, integration, and test of passive and active optical equipment for ground-based, aircraft, and spaceflight missions. Implements the appropriate assembly techniques to ensure the spectroscopy and lidar equipment can withstand its required environment.

Integrates the various sub-assemblies into a working spectrometer/lidar. Working with instrument scientists and engineers, develops and implements a test plan for the verification and validation (VandV), including calibration, of the equipment.

Responsible for contributing significantly to the development of passive and active optical equipment which uniquely meet the demanding performance requirements for NASA's Exploration, Science and Aeronautics remote-sensing needs. Duties encompass utilizing knowledge of the architecture and principles of operation of grating spectrometers, Fourier Transform Spectrometers (FTS) and lidars, which would be required to operate in any sub-region of the electromagnetic spectrum from the ultraviolet through the far infrared.

Specifically, utilizes knowledge of the principles of optical physics, employed by the various spectrometers, such as diffraction, interferometry, refraction, polarization, and blackbody radiation, and of lidars, such as lasers, optics and data processing subsystems. During equipment development, works alongside scientists and engineers to create detailed equipment requirements from the top-level mission requirements. With detailed equipment requirements in hand, performs experimental trades to define and develop the techniques and design best suited to meet requirements.

Electro-optical (EO) expertise will be employed, along with the expertise of mechanical designers, to build equipment breadboards for further refinement of the design. This includes selecting the EO components and materials to be employed, performing optical alignment of the equipment, and operating the appropriate data acquisition.

Leads the deployment of spectroscopy or lidar equipment into the field. This includes field deployment for ground-based or aircraft missions, as well as deployment to spaceflight platforms, such as Shuttle, Station, or unmanned.

This includes ensuring appropriate transport of the equipment in addition to performing the appropriate pre and post-ship functional tests. During ground-based and aircraft missions, as well as any pre-spaceflight testing, the incumbent is responsible for the health and operation of the spectroscopy or lidar equipment, including the archiving and quick-look of the spectrometer or lidar data to ascertain the health and performance of the equipment.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

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    1670 Equipment Services

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Occasional travel may be required

  • A one-year probationary period may be required

  • This is a drug-testing designated position


Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. Specialized experience includes utilizing and working with lidars, high spectral and spatial resolution interferometers, and spectrometers including Fourier Transform Spectrometers (FTS), capable of operating over sub-regions of the electro-magnetic spectrum from the ultraviolet through the far infrared, including internal subsystem design, and system operation and test of the instruments and their supporting equipment.

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experiences copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.


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Equipment Specialist

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National Aeronautics And Space Administration