Electomechanical Technologist – Atmospheric Sciences


In this role, the technologist will work on a growing, dynamic team to help design and test scientific instrumentation and flight equipment related to large tethered aerostat/balloon flights for atmospheric and climate science research missions. The selected candidate will be a key member on a hardworking team of scientists, engineers, technologists, and support personnel that conducts scientific field studies. As an electromechanical technologist, you will perform all phases of equipment design, testing, integration and operation of instrumentation and balloon flight system components. You will conduct balloon deployments at varied locations so travel up to 16 weeks per year is required.

On any given day, the selected applicant may be called on to:

  • Develop electrical components related to airborne operations of miniaturized instrumentation such as pumps, microcontroller boards and heaters
  • Operate tethered balloon systems and instrumentation in the field.
  • Design and test components of the winch system such as electronic brakes, variable speed controllers and DC electric motors
  • Size and specify lithium batteries to operate airborne equipment
  • Build cabling for 110 or 220 VAC system or solder components for 12 – 48 VDC systems
  • Evaluate the performance of airborne lighting, communications or science equipment operating from DC powered tether

Qualifications We Require

  • Bachelors degree in Electrical, Aeronautical, or Mechanical Engineering or Atmospheric Sciences or other closely related field; OR equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Willingness to travel up to 16 weeks per year to conduct science flights of the tethered balloon system
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance