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SR. RADIATION EFFECTS ENGINEER
As a member of our fast-paced Radiation Effects team, you will be responsible for ensuring avionics hardware performance through some of the harshest and varied radiation environments imaginable. In order to ensure maximum reliability in an ionizing radiation environment, the Radiation team at SpaceX performs exhaustive analysis, design, and test at the component, board, unit and subsystem levels with extensive opportunity to interact with a vast array of rocket and spacecraft hardware and electronics. As one of the few teams required to interface with the design, manufacturing, integration, and mission operations teams, we play a critical role in the development of our systems as we advance our efforts towards broadband satellite internet and safe, reliable, inexpensive, and innovative access to space with the fundamental goal of expanding human space exploration capabilities.
Perform circuit, sub-system, and system level engineering and risk assessment due to ionizing radiation effects
Establish applicable ionizing radiation requirements
Predict environmental stresses to vehicles flown in ionizing radiation environments
Conduct analysis and presentations for project mission managers, guidance navigation and control teams, and payload customers
Work closely with responsible engineers, manufacturing engineers, and production test labs to ensure a testable product is being developed
Work with circuit design, electronics manufacturing, and software implementation to analyze and improve test coverage
Assess design and flight reliability based on system design and predicted radiation response
Make recommendations for design, process improvements, and data collection
Perform root-cause analysis of test failures and communicate recommended actions
Define and implement project plans, manage milestones, and hold reviews to assure reliability of projects plan
Write verification test plans, test procedures, and test reports against product requirements
Comply with all radiation regulatory requirements for radiation safety
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Master's degree or PhD in electrical engineering, particle physics, nuclear physics, or astrophysics
Previous work experience in radiation effects including modeling, testing, and/or analysis
Experience in using one or more radiation computational simulation tools (eg. GEANT4, MCNPX, NOVICE, SpaceRad, FASTRAD or CRME)
Knowledge/experience in the effects of UV and atomic oxygen on materials and components
Experience in analysis, control and mitigation for spacecraft charging
Experience with meteoroid/orbital debris, electron/proton/x-ray transport, and atomic oxygen calculations
Strong skills in mathematics and statistics
Computational experience in programming languages: Python, Matlab, C/C++, and SQL
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proficiency with avionics hardware spanning integrated circuits, PCBA boards, sensors/transducers, functional troubleshooting and defect detection
Proficiency with hardware blueprints/schematics and circuit functions based on designs
Superior organizational and analytical skills with keen attention to detail and quality
Radiation dose safety training
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