Thermal Engineer

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Thermal Engineer

Roles and responsibilities

Must be a US Citizen
18 month contract position
W2 with full benefits
Must be able to pass a background check and drug screen
Safety Training Required

Job description:
Will be a member of the Cryogenic Systems Engineering Group (382I) and will report to the Group Supervisor. Will be responsible for developing thermal and cryogenic subsystem architectures and designs of primarily space-based and airborne instruments and may include some ground based systems. Candidate will responsible for leading the thermal architecture design and implementation for the CWIS airborne instrument and lead the cryocooler implementation on the ECOSTRESS project.

Will be responsible for leading the design, thermal model development, analysis and testing of flight hardware. Will lead small thermal teams responsible for the thermal and cryogenic hardware subsystem deliveries and will include thermal hardware selection and procurement, test planning and execution, assessing analytical results relative to requirements and recommend/make adjustments to the thermal control system accordingly. 

Will conduct subassembly level preliminary and detailed design reviews. Will implement, deliver and infuse new technology including documentation of requirements, progress, and test results. Will present work in management and design reviews as appropriate. Candidate will be expected to
publish their work in peer reviewed journals, attend and present their work at conferences and seek new work by writing proposals to internal and external sponsors.

Required Skills:
Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 6 years of related experience; Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 2 years related experience.
• Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Cryogenics, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Thermal Systems Design, Controls Theory.
• Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in heat transfer, thermal and cryogenic system design, analytical
modeling practices

Desired Skills:
• Experience with thermal control of flight systems for space based instruments.
• Advanced knowledge of applicable Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations.
• Familiar with thermal, CAD and data acquisition software tools Thermal Desktop, NX Thermal, SolidWorks, Labview and Matlab.
• Experience designing and implementing thermal control for space-based optical systems requiring very tight thermal control, is a plus.
• Security Clearance or the ability to obtain a clearance is desired.

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