Laboratory Manager, Space Physics

Job description


The Space Physics Group at Princeton University is seeking an outstanding and highly experienced Laboratory Manager to oversee the operation of a state-of-the-art laboratory and the development of NASA space flight instrumentation in that laboratory. The Space Physics Lab simultaneously supports the development of NASA flight hardware and the educational mission of training the next generation of space scientists and engineers at Princeton University. The Space Physics Group is a collaboration of over a dozen researchers led by a Professor of Astrophysical Sciences who is also Principle Investigator (PI) of numerous NASA instruments and missions, including the ~$700 million NASA IMAP mission slated to launch in 2025. This position will report directly to the PI.

The Lab Manager will be expected to assemble and maintain instruments, equipment, and systems critical to the function and research goals of Space Physics Group: including an ion/neutral calibration system; ultra-high vacuum systems with turbo-pumps, cryo-pumps, cryo-compressors, etc.; a vacuum bake out system; and a calibration ion beam and its associated gas handling and high voltage systems. The Lab manager will also monitor and maintain a dedicated clean room, multiple clean benches and keep track of consumable lab supplies and everything needed to keep the lab functioning.

The Lab Manager will support group engineers, researchers and scientist in the development of NASA flight instruments by providing leadership and assistance in instrument assembly and testing; maintaining traceable records; ensuring contamination and ESD control; recording and calibrating instruments regularly; and other research related assistance requested within the lab environment.

The Lab Manager will be responsible for overseeing the safe operation of the lab. The Lab Manager will ensure compliance with all Federal, State and University safety policies including all required documentation. They will be responsible for the proper use and storage of chemicals, solvents and gases and the safe operation of the equipment lift, power and hand tools, and all other lab instruments and equipment.

The Lab Manager will support the education mission of the Space Physics Group by assisting in designing laboratory equipment and systems that meet our combined NASA and educational objectives; ensuring that participating students are trained to conduct lab work in compliance with University guidelines; training students in lab skills to achieve research goals; supervising students within the lab; managing lab security including access; and serving as the primary contact for lab activities operations, and compliance.


Required Skills:

- Previously been in charge of developing and maintaining a laboratory facility of a similar size and complexity
- Prior experience building and maintaining ultra high vacuum systems
- Prior experience with cleanliness and contamination control required for sensitive detector systems
- Has obtained certification to NASA standards for:
(1) Soldering, (2) Wiring and Harnessing, and (3) staking and coating
- Prior experience with handling and assembly of NASA sensors for spaceflight
- Prior experience in the research and development of prototype detector systems

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW





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Posted: 5/4/2021
Application Due: 7/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time