🌌 Postdoc position in coupled magneto-electric quasi-static sensor technologies


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New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

JPL is unique among NASA Centers in that its staff are Caltech employees, yet can access NASA technical resources. Cross-discipline teamwork is standard here: colleagues across JPL's science and engineering organizations and Caltech's academic campus often work together. Learning to speak and understand other disciplines' languages is a doorway to the creativity needed to do what has not been done before. JPL staff are encouraged to create mission concepts that address humanity's core questions through a combination of science and technology. They are supported in developing ideas into proposals and hardware, and communicating funded missions' results to the scientific community and the broader public. JPL seeks to employ scientists and engineers who are passionate about lifelong learning and excited to contribute to and lead team efforts. We emphasize the importance of partnering across discipline boundaries and creating a friendly, constructive work environment to overcome space exploration's challenges. The postdocs at JPL benefit from an informal mentoring network, an annual conference showcasing their results, a dedicated seminar series, exposure to diverse career paths, and social connections across the JPL and Caltech community for advice on housing, childcare, and other aspects of living in southern California.

The Radar Science and Engineering Section at JPL is looking for a postdoc to explore innovative quasi-static electromagnetic sensor technologies that enable coupled electric and magnetic static mode sensor architectures to address occluded navigation applications. The technology effort builds on the magneto-quasi-static sensor technology to enable advanced navigation and sensing capability in occluded environments.

The postdoc will:

• Develop proof-of-concept coupled magneto-electric quasi-static emission and detection systems for use in a laboratory environment

• Investigate fundamental limitations of electrically small exciters for electro-quasi-statics

• Develop an integrated system and model for coupled magneto-electric quasi-static sensors for use in occluded electromagnetic environments

• Publish the outcome of the investigation in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, physics or a related field. Direct experimental experience in RF systems as applied to microwave or radio signal emission and detection is highly desired. Strong background in electromagnetics and RF engineering is desired. The candidate should have a proven track record of publication in peer-review journals with excellent oral and written communication skills in English. The candidate must be detail oriented, be able to work both independently and in close collaboration with others.

We seek a creative and highly motivated person with a strong background in RF engineering. The candidate should have excellent abilities in programming (e.g., MATLAB, Python or C/C++). Prior experimental experience in emerging fields of long-wavelength or low-frequency electromagnetics are higher desired.

The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor Dr. Darmindra Arumugam, resulting in publications in the open literature.

Applicants may be subject to additional program requirements by NASA. Postdoc positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum of three years. Candidates should submit the following to this site: CV, representative publications, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating their research accomplishments and interests.

JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.

In addition, JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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United States, JPL Campus, Pasadena, California
Posted 3 months ago
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