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- Support the integration, test and requirements verification of NASA’s primary Optical Ground Station for the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD). This includes test planning and procedure development, test execution, and post-test data analysis and reporting.
- Take responsibility for operating, tuning and optimizing our Adaptive Optics system for coupling laser communications signals from space-borne assets into a fiber-fed modem.
- Contribute to new ideas for improved system architecture, performance, and implementation.
- Propose and conduct experiments for exploring the operating limits of the Adaptive Optics system, improving the signal coupling efficiency and general performance and stability of the system.
- Continuous building upon experience gained in fielding ground optical systems for space optical links, to advance future development of robust operational systems for use with existing, as well as, planned large aperture ground assets is expected.
- Support free space optical communications demonstrations of bi-directional space-to-ground links that are in a implementation phase to be advanced to operational readiness over the next two years.
- Familiarity with the use of optical and electronic test equipment, for automated data collection and report generation.
- Extensive laboratory skills and ability to participate in a team.
- Able to design, set up and align opto-mechanical systems and sensor assemblies needed for implementing robust control of laser beam pointing.
- Strong understanding of adaptive optics algorithms and optical hardware along with underlying principles, theories, concepts and techniques in adaptive optics.
- Ability to develop data-acquisition, instrument control and data analysis software for efficiently generating reports.
Qualification & Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 3 years of “hands-on” experimental experience; Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 1 year of related experience; or PhD in area related to optical engineering and/or physics with 0 years of experience.
- Experience with Optical Design software, especially Zemax and/or Code V.
- Experience with advanced optical testing, including automated data-logging and analysis.
- Good understanding of lasers, photon-counting detectors and signal processing for supporting robust ground receivers for optical communications to and from space.
- Experience coupling signals into single-mode fiber systems.
Company: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Pasadena, CA, US
Application Deadline: N/A