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JPL is the NASA center for the NASA Fundamental Physics Program in the new division of Biological and Physical Science in the Science Mission Directorate. In anticipation of the growing interest and opportunity in the area of fundamental physics with high performance optical clocks, the JPL Quantum Sciences and Technology Group is seeking a staff researcher in the area of high performance lattice optical clock and precision measurements in support of clock science, optical clock technology maturation with focus on lattice clocks, as well as mission formulation and implementation.
As a subject matter expert in the area, the candidate researcher will help lead clock mission science study, requirement definition, capability development, and technology maturation and validation activities in the coming years. The candidate will also provide support for the overall clock science and fundamental physics program development and implementation.
As a member of the Quantum Sciences and Technology Group in the Communications Architectures and Research Section, will work with and report to the supervisor of the group. will:
- Participate and eventually lead clock mission science studies.
- Investigate and identify science requirements and technology gaps.
- Provide technical leadership in laboratory prototype optical clock development.
- Play a key role in technology maturation and validation activities.
- Be responsible for design, modeling, fabrication, tests, and analysis.
- Lead and/or contribute to competitive proposal developments.
- Support other technical activities in the group as needed.
- Provide mentorship to junior staff members including postdocs and students.
- Bachelors degree in Physics, or related technical discipline with a minimum of 9 years of related experience; Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 5 years of experience.
- Broad knowledge and experimental experience in atomic clocks, precision measurements and their roles in gravity and fundamental physics measurements.
- Extensive understanding and wide application of principles, theories, concepts and techniques in atomic physics, systematic error analysis, and precision measurements.
- Extensive knowledge of applicable academic practices and standards in area of optical frequency metrology, atomic clocks, laser cooling and trapping of atoms, and their applications.
- Demonstrated problem-solving ability in research and broad range of experimental skills.
- Direct knowledge and experiences in lattice optical clock research and development activities.
- Recent experience and proven track record in system-wide design and development of a neutral atom lattice optical clock.
- Experience and Knowledge in atom interferometry and related research activities.
- Broad research interests, innovative and flexible.
- Expertise and experience in precision measurements and related systematic analysis.
- Demonstrated laboratory skills in cold atom, Bose-Einstein condensate, optics, vacuum, electronics, data acquisition and control, modeling and analysis.
- Background and knowledge in general relativity, special relativity, and dark sector physics.
- Demonstrated interest and understanding of fundamental physics research through precision measurements.
- Experience and working knowledge of project and program development.
- Good track record of significant scientific journal publications.
- Demonstrated leadership quality and skills.
- Team player qualities with excellent communication, interpersonal, verbal and presentation skills.
- Track record of successful competitive proposals.
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The typical full time equivalent annual hiring range for this job in Pasadena, California.
$133,848 - $175,760
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