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Postdoctoral Associate/SPHERES Lead Scientist

Position Deleted on 11/01/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Cambridge, MA
  • Admin - Laboratory and Research
  • Faculty - Engineering - Aerospace
Full Time
Job Number: 10367
Functional Area: Academic (non-faculty)
Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Location: Cambridge, MA
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

Job Description:

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE/SPERES LEAD SCIENTIST, Aeronautics and Astronautics-MIT Space Systems Laboratory (SSL), to manage the MIT SPHERES-- Responsibilities include supervising graduate students; leading and organizing weekly team meetings; leading the publication of research findings for all projects in peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings (currently: VERTIGO, RINGS, MEDUSA, Slosh, Zero Robotics, Interact); serving as primary point of contact for research program sponsors; ensuring deliverables/milestones are completed; attending individual weekly research meetings/telecons for the projects (currently: NASA, AFS, NRL, UMD, FIT, LMCO); interfacing with NASA to operate SPHERES aboard the ISS (International Space Station); supervising hardware and software integration and ground testing for delivery to ISS; planning, overseeing, and preparing deliverables for ISS test sessions; organizing and leading ISS test sessions as necessary; participating in SPHERES working group quarterly meetings; working with subcontractors and industry partners (e.g., AFS) to run projects and with the SPHERES team to maintain the MIT SPHERES facilities; gaining in-depth knowledge of SPHERES' operations including simulation (MATLAB/Simulink) and satellite code (C/C++); running tests with the SPHERES satellites and related hardware; leading the upkeep of the SPHERES section of the SSL website; and creating new proposals for future research. Will conduct some of your own research, especially in the areas of controls, estimation, and autonomy algorithms.

Job Requirements:

REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, or related field; substantial research experience; a strong background in space systems engineering, electronics and computer engineering, real-time software development, embedded systems, and project management; and a research focus in dynamics and autonomous guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace vehicles. A good publications records is desired. Job #10367

Travel and flexible hours will be required due to the nature of operations aboard the ISS (International Space Station).

Can expect to hold the position for a minimum of twelve months (24-36 months preferred).

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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