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Electrical Engineer I in Mountain View, CA at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 5/7/2018

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Job Description

A NASA initiative established to perform strategic multi­disciplinary, integrative research and science that supports NASA's long term mission requirements. The Airborne Sensor Facility supports multiple aspects of NASA's airborne science program, and the research objectives of the NASA Earth Science Division.  The facility operates a number of facility-class remote sensing systems and is actively engaged in advanced remote sensing technology and real-time data systems development. This is a career-track position, working with a small, dedicated technical team. 

Position Summary:

The engineer will be participating in the design, fabrication, and operation of prototype airborne remote sensing devices and data systems that are flown on various NASA aircraft, and related maintenance, calibration, and enhancement activities.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the design, development and operation of various airborne data acquisition systems
  • Responsibilities include the maintenance and operation of several existing sensor systems and real-time data systems, and the integration of them onto new platforms.
  • Travel (both foreign and domestic) is required to support sensor data collection deployments.
  • Some software programming is required for the development of code for systems control and data acquisition.
  • Responsible for troubleshooting and field repair of related electronic and electro-mechanical systems

Other job related duties as assigned


Required Qualifications:


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a related discipline       


  • 3 – 5 years relevant experience
  • Proven ability to design and troubleshoot electronics systems,
  • Working knowledge of digital and analog electronics
  • Practical experience with circuit design software
  • Direct experience with airborne and/or space-borne electronic flight hardware is preferred
  • Experience with mechanical control subsystems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with strong organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills

Licenses, Certifications:  



Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  

  • Working knowledge of both digital and analog circuit design is necessary.
  • Familiarity with flight systems and avionics hardware, particularly with real-time data systems; experience with infrared digital imaging systems is preferred
  • Ability to write software in LabView and C++ in the LINUX environment, for system control, data capture, and data reduction applications
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a demanding research environment


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills


  • Software: Working knowledge of C, JAVA, C++, HTML, SolidWorks, Eagle, MATLAB, JavaScript, Xilinx, Python.
  • Electronics: Circuit theory and design, sensor hardware design, motor control systems design
  • Technical: Circuit board prototyping, embedded systems design, microcontrollers, rapid prototyping, systems integration, 802.11 networks, API development, soldering and cabling, oscilloscopes, multimeters,

Working Conditions:

This job operates in a professional laboratory environment. This role routinely uses standard electrical engineering tools, such as oscilloscopes, multi-meters, logic analyzers, and soldering/crimping tools.


Up to 20% travel (domestic and foreign) as required to support science field campaigns.

Applicants should apply to the posting at and include a letter of interest, resume, or curriculum vita.  Review of candidates will begin immediately.  Additional information on USRA can be found at

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity


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