Principal Nuclear Hardness & Survivability Engineer
- Redondo Beach, CA
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The Nuclear Weapon Effects (NWE) section is seeking a Principal Nuclear Hardness & Survivability (NH&S) Engineer that will be responsible for hardening electronic systems against both Endo- and Exo-Atmospheric Nuclear Weapon Effects, as well as Natural Space Radiation Effects. The NH&S Engineer works in close coordination with NH&S Leads as well as electrical, mechanical, and systems engineers to analyze and test devices, designs, and systems across a variety of environments and systems ranging from ground systems, missiles, and satellites.
A Principal Nuclear Hardness & Survivability (NH&S) Engineer is expected to be a self-starter, and have excellent time management, communication, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management and build strong mentoring relationships with Junior engineers.
Broad knowledge in any of the following areas, or expertise in several is HIGHLY desired:
Hostile Nuclear Weapon Threats, such as:
- Transient Radiation Effects in Electronics, comprising Total Dose, Displacement Damage and Prompt Dose Upset, Latchup, Burnout, and Transient effects from X-Ray, Gamma Ray, Neutron Environments
- EMP effects from environments such as High-Altitude EMP, Source Region EMP, Dispersed EMP, System-Generated EMP, Internal EMP, etc.
- Mechanical effects such as X-Ray Thermomechanical Shock, Plated Debris, Ground Shock, Thermal blast, Overpressure, Dust & Debris, Fallout, Scintillation, etc.
- Space Radiation Effects, including Single Event Effects (Upset, Latchup, Burnout, Transients, Functional Interrupts, etc.) from Heavy Ions, Protons, Galactic Cosmic Rays, Solar Flares, Electron/Protons Total Dose and Displacement Damage, etc.
- Space Survivability Threats, Including Micrometeoroids, Orbital Debris, Atomic Oxygen, and UV degradation.
- Environment Analysis, such as Environment Calculation/Derivation and Modeling, Radiation Transport, etc.
- Electrical Design Analysis, such as Circuit Design/Simulation, Device Evaluations, Parameter Degradation Analysis and Derating Development, Circumvention & Recovery, Photocurrent Transient Protection and Burnout Mitigations, etc.
- Mechanical Design Analysis, such as Material and Coating Selections, Shielding and Shadowing Analyses, CAD review, etc.
- Cable & Harness Design Analysis, such as Shield and Dielectric Material Selections, SGEMP Drive Current and Pin Threat Calculations, etc.
- Reliability Analysis, such as SEE Rate Calculations, Ground Intervention Impacts, Availability Impacts, SEE Criticality Analyses, FIT Rate Contributions, etc.
- Test Support, such as Test Planning, Parameter/Condition Selection, Test Circuit Development, Irradiations or tests for various effects (e.g. Total Dose, Displacement Damage, Prompt Dose Rate, Single Event Effect, Current Injection, Pulsed Power), Data Analysis and Reporting, etc.
- Bachelor's of Science Degree OR higher in Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Physics, or closely related technical discipline
- 5 years of engineering experience, or 3 years of engineering experience in Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Physics, or closely related technical discipline
- Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret or Top Secret, and SCI Clearance
- PHD in STEM
- Experience with any of the following is highly preferred:
- Standards and handbooks: MIL-STD-883, MIL-STD-1766, MIL-STD-3053, MDA-STD-001, MIL-HDBK-814, MIL-HDBK-815, MIL-HDBK-816, MIL-HDBK-817, EM-1, DTRA Redbook and/or Bluebook
- Environment Prediction Tools: AE9/AP9, CREME96, SPENVIS, ORDEM, KESSLER
- Transport Tools and Codes: MCNP/Attila4MC, NOVICE, Testable Hardware Toolkit (THTk), CEPXS, PUFF-TFT, THOR, XTERRA, TRIM/SRIM, SREMPTAPS, ITS, WinGS
- Experience with hardening against Hostile Radiation, EMP (with emphasis on SGEMP), and Mechanical Effects
- Experience with developing Natural Survivability Analyses
- Knowledge of the semiconductor device physics associated with radiation effect
- Active, in-scope DoD Secret, Top Secret, SCI or DoE L or Q clearance
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