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Postdoctoral Associate, Geodesy Program

Postdoctoral Associate, Haystack Observatory, to play a significant role in the Geodesy Program and collaborate on and contribute to the research and technical development of geodetic methods and systems. Haystack Observatory has been a world leader in the development of radio-frequency space geodetic techniques for over four decades. Its research includes studies of the solid Earth, cryosphere, climate, atmosphere, and oceans. Haystack Observatory has a principal role in NASA’s Space Geodesy Project, developing the next-generation Very Long Baseline Interferomtery (VLBI) systems for geodesy. Other ongoing projects at Haystack include space weather and ionospheric monitoring, ultra-high resolution imaging of super massive black holes, low frequency imaging of the Sun, Computer-Aided Discovery and development of novel instrumentation for astronomy and geoscience.

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Technician B Electro-Mechanical

Technician B Electro-Mechanical, Haystack Observatory (2 openings), to support operations, maintenances, and upgrades of three LSSC (Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex) space surveillance radar systems. Will be trained to participate in all aspects of high voltage (40kV and above) RF transmitter construction, operations, and maintenance; work on a variety of equipment including high voltage power supplies, vacuum tubes, precision RF waveguide components, sensitive high power transmitter tubes, high field magnets, and high volume water cooling systems; and assist in laboratory or research work. Duties will include electronic component and subsystem level assembly and troubleshooting, monitoring daily operations, and performing maintenance of the transmitter systems. May operate experimental and technical equipment under the supervision of scientific personnel or technicians of higher grade. Some of the work will be performed at heights.

Required: technical training in electronics (associate’s degree preferred); experience fabricating/repairing electronic equipment; soldering, mechanical fabrication, and assembly skills; ability to work for periods of time without supervision. First aid and hoist operator certifications are essential, as is the ability to climb towers. Experience maintaining high voltage equipment and vacuum tube-based equipment such as that found in radar or communication systems would be ideal. Basic troubleshooting experience using multimeters, oscilloscopes, and spectrum analyzers is highly desirable.

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