Junior Instrumentation Engineer

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Junior Instrumentation Engineer

 University of Alberta

SCI Physics

Competition No. - A107849206

Closing Date - Jan 20, 2023

Location - North campus. This role is in-person.

Department summary

 

The Space Physics group at the University of Alberta uses data from ground-based networks of instruments together with satellite data to study the effects of the sun on our near-earth space environment or “Space Weather”. The group is leading a major collaborative project to build, launch and operate a scientific satellite. The RADiation Impacts on Climate and Atmospheric Loss Satellite (RADICALS) will carry a payload of four scientific instruments, two of which will be developed and built by the magnetometer team in the Space Physics group.

 

Position summary

The Junior Instrumentation Engineer will play a key role in the design, development, assembly, integration and testing of the fluxgate magnetometer (FGM) and search coil magnetometer (SCM) payloads for the RADICALS, under the supervision and direction of the Instrument Lead and the Senior Instrumentation Engineer. Building on existing designs developed by the group, they will use their engineering skills to help produce high quality, reliable instruments that meet the mission requirements. This position requires excellent interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills to work collaboratively within the overall RADICALS project team, a team of more than 12 individuals with a wide range of experience and scientific and technical backgrounds.

Duties

• Support the further development, build and test of the fluxgate magnetometer (FGM) and Search Coil

• Magnetometer (SCM) payloads for the RADICALS satellite mission, including the following tasks:

 

• Modify existing circuit designs to optimize performance and meet the payload interface requirements and space PA/QA requirements.

 

• Support the construction of breadboard, engineering and flight hardware.

 

• Perform laboratory testing and characterization of updated prototype, engineering, and flight models.

 

• Modify and create FPGA code to improve performance and ensure that the magnetometers meet mission requirements.

 

• Liaise with internal and external stakeholders and contractors, including the RADICALS Project

• Office, machine shops and other facilities for prototyping, PCB manufacturers/assemblers and component suppliers.

 

• Contribute to the preparation of formal instrument documentation including instrument specification documents, design documents and test/qualification reports.

 

• Assist with the preparation of monthly progress reports and give status updates at the routine project-level meetings.

 

• Support instrument and payload-level reviews by preparing materials for presentation for both magnetometer development streams.

 

Minimum Qualifications

 

• Bachelor's degree in an electronics related discipline.

 

• Engineer in Training (EIT) designation or eligibility for registration with APEGA.

 

• Expertise with electronics circuit board design software (e.g., Eagle, Altium).

 

• Proficiency in a Windows computer environment and a working knowledge of various programs and information technology skills, including Microsoft Office applications.

 

• Demonstrated ability to work within a tight schedule and meet deadlines.

 

• Demonstrated ability to work within a team environment.

 

• Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

 

Preferred Qualifications

 

• Experience in electronics design and hardware development, preferably in space related projects.

 

• Knowledge and experience of FPGA programming.

 

• Experience in the design of data acquisition hardware and software.

 

• Experience of magnetic field sensors.

 

• Experience with CAD software.

 

• Experience with scientific numerical analysis packages such as MATLAB or IDL.

 

• Experience in testing, validation and qualification for space applications.

 

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has an approximate appointment of three years with the possibility of extension and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range of $58,210 - $80,050.

 

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

 

To apply, please visit: https://apptrkr.com/3774131

 

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

 

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