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The Optical Analysis & Simulation Group works on cutting-edge concepts and instruments for Earth-observing, planetary and astrophysical missions. People in the group work on design, analysis, implementation, alignment and testing of complex optical systems that lie at the core of instruments intended to observe and characterize everything from planets around other stars to concentrations of trace gases in the Earth’s atmosphere to mineralogical composition of soil and rocks on planetary surfaces.
As a member of the Optics Section’s Optical Analysis & Simulation Group and you will lead, manage and perform optical design and analysis efforts on existing JPL projects (e.g. WFIRST Coronagraph, MISE, EMIT) and proposed projects for future NASA and other Government agency missions. Specific responsibilities will include: leading instrument optical design; development of requirements and error budgets for optical instruments; and conceptual design and planning for future optically-based instruments, e.g. Fourier transform spectrometers for Earth and planetary trace gas measurements.
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