Assistant Electronics Engineer

Updated: 1 day ago
Location: Pasadena, CALIFORNIA

Job Summary

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is soliciting applications for the position of Assistant Electronics Engineer for the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) in the Eastern Sierra, California. Several world-class radio astronomy instruments currently in operation or nearing completion at the site, and a new telescope, the 2000-antenna Deep Synoptic Array (DSA-2000) is under development. The DSA-2000 will be a world-leading radio survey telescope and multi-messenger discovery engine, with first light anticipated in 2026. The array will consist of 2000 x 5 m dishes distributed over a 19 x 15 km diameter area in Nevada, operating in the 0.7—2 GHz frequency range.

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The selected applicant will be based at OVRO, a world-class facility operated by Caltech for research in radio astronomy, located near Bishop in central California. They will join a team of skilled scientists and engineers who manage a range of facilities operating from meter- to millimeter-wavelengths, and observations extending from nearby exoplanets to the early universe. The successful candidate will coordinate closely with scientists and engineers to develop, maintain and improve current and proposed radio astronomy systems for a wide variety of science goals. The range of technologies used, including RF and microwave, analog, digital, mechanical and cryogenics, presents challenges that require critical problem-solving abilities and presents opportunities for learning new skills. The majority of the work will be at OVRO, but the employee will be expected to spend time at the selected site for DSA-2000 in Nevada as required.

The Observatory is in the Eastern Sierra, which affords an excellent environment for outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, and skiing. Clear night skies offer exceptional viewing for amateur astronomers.

Email inquiries regarding the application process may be sent to

Essential Job Duties

  • Implementing and documenting electrical controls for antenna reflector former.
  • Managing specification and implementation of solar power for antenna stands.
  • Defining power distribution and supplies for antenna drives and electronics.
  • Defining and implementing power supplies for analog signal electronics.
  • Contributing to the design and implementation of monitor and control subsystems.
  • Implementing performance and reliability testing for components and modules.
  • Specifying and ordering electronic, electrical, and electromechanical components.
  • Documenting designs and test results.
  • Writing maintenance documentation and interface documentation.
  • Assisting with system integration and testing.
  • Troubleshooting and repairing
  • Other tasks as assigned.

 Basic Qualifications

  • A bachelor's or higher degree in electronic engineering, physics or a related discipline.
  • Work or class experience with practical electrical or electronic circuits.
  • Ability to interpret schematic diagrams.
  • Familiarity with electrical and electronic data sheets.
  • Knowledge of engineering programming in any of Python, MATLAB, Mathcad, or similar.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of engineers, scientists, and technicians locally and remotely.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Relevant knowledge in any of the areas of microwaves and RF, analog electronics, digital electronics, power systems.
  • Experience designing and debugging analog and/or RF circuits.
  • Knowledge of reliability analysis and testing.
  • Experience with three-phase power systems.
  • Knowledge of HVAC or cryogenic systems.
  • Familiarity with electrical wiring codes.

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • List of 3 references

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

As one of the largest employers in Pasadena, CA, Caltech is committed to providing comprehensive benefits to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Our benefits package includes competitive compensation, health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement savings plans, generous paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick time, parental leave, bereavement, etc.), tuition reimbursement, and more. Non-benefit eligible employees will have access to some benefits such as onsite counseling and sick time. Learn more about our benefits and staff perks.

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