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IRIS Instrument System Engineer
Ref No.: 17-02535
Location: Pasadena, California
Pay Rate : $ 150,000.00 /Year
Iris Instrument System Engineer
Pasadena, CA
Direct Hire
Up to $150k a year

Successful candidate will provide Instrument (and subsystem) level support by working closely with the companies SE group and the Instrumentation Department SE, ensuring that the flow down of Observatory company requirements are properly captured within the IRIS instrument design. They will work closely with the IRIS PI and the science team, overseeing the creation of technical and functional requirements derived from the proposed IRIS operational cases; lead or/and support the development of IRIS system and subsystem level optical performance budgets (e.g. WFE, throughput, stray light, etc.); lead/support the development of IRIS system and subsystem level resource budgets (e.g. power, mass, etc.); lead/support the creation of common standards to guide the IRIS design (e.g. common electrical standards such as grounding, shipping, etc.); ensure that the overall design architecture of IRIS complies with the distribution of its instrument requirements and will support the integration, testing, and verification of the IRIS instrument and ensure compliance with established company standards, which will include leading/supporting the draft of test plans and verification activities.

  • Graduate degree in an engineering discipline. Alternatively, an undergraduate degree in engineering combined with a graduate degree in physics/astronomy may be suitable.*Preferred engineering degrees for this position include engineering physics or mechanical engineering.*
  • 6-8 year of extensive experience applying system engineering processes to the development of astronomical instrumentation (preference given for ground-based instruments).
  • Extensive knowledge applying systems engineering processes including clearly demonstrated experience developing/maintaining optical performance budgets (WFE, throughput, etc.) and resource budgets (mass, power, etc.). - This experience should further demonstrate experience in drafting technical based requirements derived from science objectives and operational scenarios.
  • Experience in negotiating, writing and maintaining instrument interface control documents (ICDs).
  • Experience in the integration, test, and verification of astronomical instruments including drafting acceptance test plans and criteria.
  • Experience in overseeing system engineering work by remote teams.
  • Familiarity with a requirements management tool (e.g. DOORS).