Job ID: 11262
New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.
This opportunity is within the Component Engineering and Assurance Office which engages in electronic component selection, acquisition, evaluation and testing to ensure critical requirements are met to support JPL mission needs. This unique position is for a Component Failure Analysis Engineer, as a member of the Analysis and Test Laboratory (ATL). Your primary role is triaging incoming failure or electrical anomalies, and establishing and working through a failure analysis workflow to identify root cause. This typically includes external visual examination, real-time X-ray, electrical verification and curve tracing, static fault isolation using XIVA, photon emission or infrared imaging, and physical analysis including cross sectioning, SEM, FIB and coordination of advanced chemical analysis efforts with partner labs. Activities focus on identification of possible reliability concerns across a wide variety of test articles, from off the shelf microelectronics or sensors, to custom built and fabricated subsystems.
This is a lab based role and you will spend the majority of your time performing hands on experiment setup, monitoring experiment operational status along with providing regular status updates to our internal customers. Given the criticality of this role in ensuring JPL’s mission success, it may require some time worked outside of normal scheduled work hours to support critical test needs. Additional responsibilities include ensuring equipment and facilities are maintained and safe by coordinating preventive maintenance, repairs and calibrations.
Note: As a temporary position, this assignment may last up to 36 months in duration with approvals based on 12 month assignments. However, please note that you are not under any employment contract and your temporary employment status can be terminated at any time, with or without notice.
Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Electronics, Materials Science Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 6 years of related experience; Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 2 years related experience
Demonstrated experience leading and completing all phases of a failure analysis
Extensive and wide-ranging knowledge of failure analysis techniques and tools
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work seamlessly with cross-functional teams
Extensive knowledge and substantial use of common computer tools
Ability to coordinate support for multiple customers in parallel, while keeping everyone informed of result timelines.
Advanced knowledge of Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications
Experience with military & aerospace testing procedures
Experience leading and completing all phases of a failure analysis
Experience using lab-based testers and creating test programs
Experience testing a wide range of electronic components