Instrument Detector Engineer for Space Applications

We are seeking an Instrument Detector Engineer to join our Space Instrumentation Group. The Instrumentation Group at JHU APL has sent sensors toMars, Jupiter, Mercury and Pluto and we are looking for someone to assist us inthe area of visible and IR detectors.

As an Instrument Detector Engineer, you will:

  • Lead the development of detector modules (CCD, CMOS, Hybrids)for space application science instruments.
  • Work with instrument systems engineering and scientists developingperformance requirements and architecture for detector and detector electronics.
  • Lead with interdisciplinary detector module team to optimize detectorperformance in terms of specific science collection.
  • Lead detector procurement activities: including vendorselection, project execution and oversight (may require some travel)
  • Conduct radiometric and optical analysis driven by detectorperformance within the constraints of the mission and science goals: SNR, MTF,noise, uniformity, and temperature dependent response.
  • Develop subsystem testing for detector system to verifysystem performance and environmental requirements as well as characterizationand calibration of devices.
  • Assist in system level testing development for opticalcharacterization and calibration.
  • Manage schedule and resources involving project's detectoreffort.
  • Communicate within project, functional, and laboratoryleadership
  • Work toward developing new technology using internal grantsand IRAD funds.
  • Participate in lab widereviews of developing detector technologies.
  • Mentor early career engineers in the way of the photon/electron/digitalcount transfer.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have:

  • BS or MS in Engineering, Physics or related technical discipline with relevant experience.
  • 10-15 years of experience in detectors and imaging systems for space applications
  • Knowledge of Si CCD and CMOS detectors. HgCdTe and Hybrid detectors considered a plus.
  • Knowledge of instruments used for science space applications.
  • Knowledge of detector supplier industry.
  • Experience in analog electronics.
  • Strong computer modeling skills in the program of your choice.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, to support interactions with vendors, sponsors, and personnel with a range of experience levels.

  • Are able to obtain Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities atwww.jhuapl.edu/careers.

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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