Research Assistant

  • Nonprofit Full Time
  • California
  • City: Hatcreek


Position Title :Research Assistant
Reports to: Science and Engineering Operations Manager, HCRO
FLSA Status: Full time, Non-exempt
The SETI Institute is seeking a Full Time Research Assistant to become a member of the
Allen Telescope Array team at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory. The incumbent will be
tasked with designing, constructing, and testing mechanical, analog, and digital systems.
This will support the refurbishment program of the telescope and its science operations
aimed at detecting technologically capable extraterrestrial life.
Most of the work will be performed at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory in Hat Creek,
California. On-site accommodation at the observatory is available.
●Manufacture and document new parts, such as wire harness assemblies, component mounting assemblies and instrument enclosures.
●Design and manufacture analog signal components for the ATA signal path, such as amplifiers, attenuators and RF/IF conversion
●Develop and implement protocols for feed installation and testing.
●Mechanical and electrical/electronic assembly of digital signal processing equipment, such as analog-digital converters, FPGA-based signal processing components and
generic HPC server hardware.
●Support the operation of the telescope, i.e. debugging antenna control systems and integrated software systems.
●Completion of a bachelor’s degree or senior standing in a bachelor’s degree program in Physics, Engineering or a related field.
●Experience with soldering, electrical and mechanical assemblies.
●Experience with design tools, like Inventor, Eagle, and HFSS highly desirable.
●Experience with software development in one or more of Python, MATLAB, C/C++ or Java.
●Experience using and/or developing software defined radio systems, including GNU Radio.
●Commitment to open, transparent, and reproducible science.
●Must be a team player and work in close collaboration with the team members at the observatory.
●Reach or work above shoulders and use tools.
●Lift, carry, push and pull objects that weight up to 25 lbs.
●Occasionally work outside in hot weather conditions.
●Constantly perform computer-based tasks, or work in laboratory environment.
 For questions related to the ATA program, please email Hat Creek Radio Observatory Science
and Engineering Operations Manager Dr. Alex Pollak
Applications received by Wednesday, June 30, 2021 will receive full consideration, but the position
will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date is as early as July 15, 2021.
Apply to this position:
The SETI Institute provides competitive salary, excellent benefits including
health/dental/vision insurance, a flexible spending account for medical and dependent care,
vacation, and sick leave. The Institute sponsors a retirement plan option upon fulfillment of
Diversity and Equity
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
The SETI Institute is an Affirmative Action Employer and members of underrepresented
communities and demographics are particularly encouraged to apply, including women, people of
color, LGBTQ and people with disabilities.
EO/AA/Disability/Veteran Employer
Note: The Institute will not sponsor applicants for work visas

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