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The Space Radiation Analysis Group at NASA's Johnson Space Center is seeking subject matter expertise in radiation measurements and instrumentation including hybrid pixel detector technologies as developed through collaborations with CERN and academia, solid-state detectors, gas filled detectors and scintillation detectors. The successful applicant will produce analytical products based on data collected from existing and future instrument measurements. Additionally, the applicant will use these analysis products to characterize several aspects of the charged particle environment in space. Applicants must be accomplished in various radiation measurement concepts, practices and procedures with proven ability to solve complex system level problems.
Duties will include the development, maintenance, and improvement of codes and models used to characterize the space radiation environment and human exposure in that environment. Both static and transient environmental models are used to describe types and energies of radiation found in space. Extensive experience in calibration and instrument performance verification and validation is essential. Subsequent analyses to fully understand and optimize performance measurements is required. A comprehensive understanding of particle ID and binning algorithms developed in concert with hardware and software developers will be necessary. Ability to work well in a team environment with other scientists, engineers, software developers, and operations personnel on high profile milestone driven projects is critical. Responsible for the guidance and coordination of technical personnel/teams to develop test plans, calibrate instruments and conduct verification and validation beam campaigns at various beam facilities. Real time assessments and troubleshooting of complex radiation measurement systems will be required.
- The successful candidate will be experienced in pixel radiation detection instrumentation and state of the art technologies for future radiation detection hardware developments
- Charged Particle and Neutron Spectroscopy
- Software and hardware integration
- Silicone detector simulations
- Beam testing and data analyses
- Energy identification
- This position requires a Bachelor's Degree plus 8 years of experience; or Master's Degree plus 6 years of experience; or Ph.D. plus 0 to 2 years of experience (preferred) in either, physics, Nuclear engineering, or a closely related field with experience in radiation measurements.
- Preference given to applicants with advanced graduate degree in physics/nuclear sciences; PhD
- Intimate knowledge of radiation measurements in space is highly desired.
- Strong programming and MonteCarlo simulation skills
- Sound fundamentals and experience in Hybrid Pixel radiation detector technology.
This position requires successful completion of a government background check to access government facilities and systems. Work cannot begin on the contract without a fully adjudicated security clearance. If you are not a United States Citizen this check could take 12-18 months to complete.