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2018-05-172018-06-16

Electronics Engineer

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Job Type
    Employee
  • Job Status
    Full Time

The Submillimeter Array (SMA), located on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, is a pioneering radio-interferometer designed for astronomical observations in the major submillimeter atmospheric windows.  Its eight antennas are equipped with superconducting mixer receivers operating in the 200, 300, and 400 GHz frequency bands. Back end signal processing is accomplished with the wideband SWARM correlator and phased array processor, using Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and high speed network switch technologies.

The SMA has embarked upon an ambitious upgrade, called the wSMA, which will enhance its sensitivity by increasing the bandwidth of its receivers, by augmenting its optical signal transmission system (changing from the current analog transmission to a digital system), and by upgrading SWARM with wider bandwidth, more compact, and lower power technology.

SAO seeks an Electronics Engineer to keep the SMA at the forefront of radio astronomy.  The duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

Make key contributions to the detailed design, construction, testing and commissioning of the wide-bandwidth high spectral resolution correlator with phased array capability. The phased array mode supports Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI).

Develop Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) configuration codes (“gateware”), using hardware description languages such as VHDL or Verilog, and Matlab-Simulink.  

Contribute to scientific observations using the SMA, and other instruments as appropriate.  Prepare results of scientific and technical developments for publication in professional journals and for presentation at engineering or scientific conferences and technical symposia.  Participate in review meetings covering technical and scientific research and development. 

Initiate key contributions to the detailed design, construction and testing and commissioning of the wide-bandwidth high spectral resolution correlator with phased array capability.


Requirements

This position is located in Cambridge, MA with occasional travel to the site at the summit of Maunakea in Hawaii,  and to attend scientific technical or administrative meetings. 

For complete information about this position and the online application procedures, please visit USAJOBS at:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499205800 

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