Mechanical Engineer w/Active TS/SCI Clearance (Part Time)

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Mechanical Engineer w/Active TS/SCI Clearance (Part Time)

Roles and responsibilities
US Citizenship and an active TS/SCI & Polygraph Eligible is required to be considered for this position
Estimated duration of 12 months with the potential for extension or conversion.
W2 with full benefits
Customer and contract specific training will be required and provided.
Some travel may be required. 
Labor Category: Mechanical Engineer VI

Job Description:
The Optics Section works on cutting-edge concepts and instruments for Earth-observing, planetary and astrophysical missions. Our teams within the  section work on design, analysis, implementation and testing of complex optical systems, many of which use active and adaptive optics to compensate for changes in the intervening optical medium and/or in instrument environment. These systems lie at the core of instruments intended to provide high-resolution imagery and isolation of terrestrial and astronomical objects, e.g. propagation of seismic waves during earthquakes and planets orbiting other stars. The Section also develops imaging and spectrometry instruments for applications ranging from in situ laser-driven Raman spectroscopy of planetary rocks and soil to measurements of trace gases in Earth and planetary atmospheres.

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Mechanical Engineer Level 6 to be a member of the Optics team at the Section level. You will report directly to the Section manager.

Tasks will include but not limited to:
- Support and provide guidance on optical design, analysis and delivery efforts on existing JPL projects, e.g. WFIRST Coronagraph.
- Participate in design and development of optical systems for future NASA and other Government agency missions.
- Consulting for optical system design teams; development of requirements and error budgets for optical instruments; image-based analysis as a means of assessing instrument performance and conceptual design.
- Planning for future active/adaptive optics-based instruments.

Required Skills:
• The candidate must be a citizen of the United States of America
• Candidate must have a minimum of a Top Secret/SCI clearance
• A United States Government administered polygraph examination will be given to the selected candidate; he/she must pass it to maintain employment in this position
• Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen
• Bachelors degree in Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, Physics or related technical discipline with a minimum of 15 years of related experience;  Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 13 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with at least 11 years related experience.
• Extensive understanding and demonstrated ability to apply principles, tools and practices of mechanical system design
• Experience leading and managing technical teams
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Desired Skills :
• Having one or more of the following skills and experience sets would be beneficial:
• Current TS/SCI clearance
• Experience with air- or space-borne optical instruments
• Experience with one or more of the following: high contrast imaging; wavefront sensing and control; active optics using deformable mirrors; high performance laser metrology systems; imaging spectrometers
• Familiarity with NASA/JPL processes and practices

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