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Scientist - Contamination Control

The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), a University Affiliated Research Center, has been developing innovative technologies and solutions for cutting-edge DoD and intelligence programs for almost six decades. Our expertise is in space and airborne IR, VIS, UV, and RF sensors, small satellite technologies, test and calibration, cybersecurity, data visualization and assurance, and ground stations.
SDL is seeking a qualified entry-level scientist to support optical sensor and small satellite programs in contamination control and materials and processes activities. The position works closely with multidisciplinary engineering teams through all program phases (design, assembly, integration, and testing) to ensure space hardware meets customer performance requirements.
Key Responsibilities:
·  Execute contamination control efforts in compliance with industry standards (ASTM, IEST, NASA, MIL).
·  Work closely with engineers and mission assurance to identify and implement approved M&P for aerospace programs.
·  Perform special material processes, such as precision cleaning of sensitive parts, chemical etching to promote bond adhesion or reduce surface defects, application of specialty coatings, annealing and stress relief, etc.
·  Work with mechanical engineering and senior scientists to develop, validate, and/or update documented SDL material processes.
·  Develop new chemical analysis capabilities.
·  Support program preparation and execution of thermal vacuum and space environment testing.
·  Process data and generate technical test reports.
·  Draft program mission assurance documents (contamination control plans, material usage lists, etc.).
·  Support assembly of flight hardware.
Required Qualifications:
·  BS in materials science, chemistry, or related laboratory science field
·  Experience in proper handling of chemicals
·  Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
·  Must have or be able to obtain a DoD security clearance
·  Must be a US citizen
Preferred qualifications:
·  Experience with high vacuum equipment and best practices
·  Analytical chemistry laboratory experience
·  Ability to maintain stable processing conditions to achieve reproducible and consistent results
·  Attention to detail, especially in a laboratory setting
·  Data processing experience with common software tools (Excel, Matlab, Labview, etc.)
·   Experience operating quantitative chemical analysis instrumentation (GCMS, FTIR, etc)
·  Familiarity with the space environment
·  Process control, with experience in development and execution of standard operating procedures
SDL Benefits:
At SDL, we take pride in and highly value our employees. SDL offers competitive salaries and a fantastic benefits package, including:
·  Flexible work schedules
·  Generous annual, sick, and holiday paid leave
·  A variety of inexpensive-premium, high-quality health, dental, vision, and life insurance options
·  Generous employer retirement contribution (Up to 14.2% of annual gross earnings)
·  Discounted USU tuition of 50% for employees and dependents
·  Access to USU facilities and USU staff privileges
Please contact us if you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of applying.