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TECHNICIAN C, to support the fabrication, maintenance, repair, and operations of various complex electro-mechanical systems in the general area of Radio Science, including the receiving systems for the NASA next-generation VLBI (VGOS) Project. Will take direction from scientific, engineering, and more senior technicians. Work will include but is not limited to supporting electro-mechanical antenna systems, data acquisition systems, networks, and cryogenically cooled receiver systems. Perform various routine jobs of skilled or semi-skilled nature. Must have willingness to learn computer systems, i.e., Linux, Windows; ability or willingness to learn standard technician tools, e.g., soldering iron, DVM (digital volt meter), oscilloscope and familiarity of machine shop equipment and tools, e.g., drill press, sanders; general mechanical systems knowledge and general electro-mechanical assembly skills using hand and power tools. Must have the ability to work within a team, able to follow instructions, and work in a technically diverse and physically challenging work environment. Familiarity with control of complex electro/mechanical systems is a plus. May need to travel if necessary to support various projects. The ability to lift 50 lbs. and willingness and ability to climb towers. On rare occasions, operations activities may require monitoring an experiment off hours. Must be a U.S. citizen who is able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR, to perform a wide range of accounting and financial functions as part of a fiscal team. Will collaborate closely with Haystack PIs, researchers, and staff; interact with a variety of MIT offices, including Research Administrative Services, Payroll, Property, and VP for Research; and work with outside vendors, sponsors, funding agencies, and counterparts at other universities/laboratories. Responsibilities include approving travel reports, purchase requisitions, invoices, requests for payment, and credit card transactions; performing monthly salary adjustments for both trades and salaried staff; creating and submitting fabricated equipment account requests for approval; overseeing subaward administration and monitoring; updating the projection tool for all PIs which involves downloading monthly financial information for each PI and reviewing charges and account balances compared to the budgets as well as verifying forecasted personnel effort is accurate; entering new awards and actions (i.e., creating child accounts, extending dates, distributing funds, etc.); tracking capital equipment purchases and providing reports to fiscal officers, facilities manager, and IT manager as needed; maintaining capital equipment wish list and updating as necessary; monthly financial reporting to sponsors per award requirements; generating LLSC graphs and statements; completing proposal; and other duties as assigned.
DIGITAL DESIGN ENGINEER, to work on the development of advanced radar and radio-astronomy data acquisition and signal-processing equipment. Will be responsible for working with scientists to translate high-level requirements into working hardware, including end to end efforts to design systems, translate the concepts into working hardware, and use the resulting systems in the field. The projects include a new low-frequency antenna array, advanced phased array radar hardware, digital back-ends for very-long-baseline interferometry, and spectral-line processors for the Haystack 37-m radio telescope. The work within those projects involves FPGA design and development of digital receivers, filters, spectrometers, and correlators, with data rates approaching terabits per second (Tb/s). May also be responsible for helping with requirements definition and validation and the cost and time planning for new projects. Technical and scientific tasks may also be possible consistent with the background and experience of the individual hired.