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Detector Test Engineer

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Oct 19, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  11029

Powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus, Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most.


We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit Ball Aerospace Career Site or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


The Engineering Strategic Support Unit comprises the organizational talent and technical leadership that enables the successful delivery of high-impact discriminating technologies for our customers’ missions. Our collaborative, cross-functional teams are committed to innovation, integrity, continual learning and strong execution.


Engineer II – Detector Test


The Detector Test Center (DTC)  at Ball Aerospace is seeking a Detector Test Engineer to fill technical and project engineering leadership roles in support of design, analysis, fabrication, test and operation of spacecraft / tactical electro-optical systems for commercial, DoD, and NASA customers.


What You’ll Do:


  • Support the development of custom UV, visible (CCD and visible hybrid), NIR, SWIR, MWIR (3 - 5 micron) and LWIR (8-12 micron) camera systems for high reliability applications.
  • Develop design of experiment, test plans, and test procedures for low noise focal plane detectors used in high-speed video, LIDAR, and scientific space-based applications.
  • Work directly with detector and electronics hardware to demonstrate performance, to debug operational issues, and to characterize devices.
  • Perform detector system analysis including DC and EO (electro-optic) detector test, radiometric test, MTF analysis, noise analysis, radiation damage analysis.
  • Model detector performance.
  • Execute ALT, radiation, and performance tests on detectors.
  • Work on cross functional teams including optical, electrical, mechanical, thermal, and systems engineers to develop and to optimize detector system performance.  
  • Interact with Ball Aerospace teams, customers, and detector vendors.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units and the Company.  Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.


What You’ll Need:


  • BS degree in Engineering or a related technical field, plus 5 or more years of relevant experience.
  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of related experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.
  • Degree(s) in Engineering, Physics or other Science-related disciplines, highly preferred.
  • Experience with detector design, detector test, electronics design, breadboard fabrication and focal plane system test.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of UV, visible, NIR, SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR detector characterization and design.
  • Demonstrated experience with modeling, performance testing, and analysis of UV, visible, NIR, SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR detectors.
  • Experience developing and running radiometric tests on detectors.
  • Effective verbal, written and presentation skills as well as strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Hands-on electronics skills and electronic test equipment experience.
  • Experience with detector operation in radiation environments.
  • Experience with detector operation in a tactical environment and/or experience with "flight" hardware programs, i.e., "space-qualified" hardware is preferred.
  • Government TS/SCI clearance is highly preferred, successful applicant may be subjected to a government security investigation and may be expected to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.


Working Conditions:


  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or clean room, outdoors or remote research environment.
  • May occasionally work in production work centers where use of protective equipment and gear is required.
  • May access other facilities in various weather conditions.
  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.


A current DoD clearance and/or SCI access with Polygraph is not required to be eligible for this position, however applicant must be willing and eligible for submission within 60-90 days after an offer is accepted and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance/access.  By applying to this position, you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire to evaluate your general ability to obtain the required security clearance or government customer access associated with this position.


Relocation for this position is available.


Compensation & Benefits:


  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $102,000 - $126,500 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. For details, copy and paste into your browser or visit our careers site.




Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.


Nearest Major Market: Boulder
Nearest Secondary Market: Denver

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