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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The engineer will perform engineering design and testing work in the subfield of instrumentation for space and planetary sciences with an emphasis on space instrument high voltage electrical design.  The engineer will be responsible for implementation of hardware subsystems in support of primary research and instrument development.  This includes assisting with new instrument development and instrument testing using specialized equipment and high voltage procedures.  These duties are performed under minimal supervision and direction from experienced engineers however high voltage subject matter expert mentorship will be provided.


  • High voltage electrical design, instrument layout, and interface design
  • Instrument testing, including use of specialized equipment, and qualification
  • Support of proposal development especially in space systems
  • Design for sensors and equipment that operates in extreme environments of temperature, vacuum, radiation, and must survive the harsh vibration and shock of the spacecraft launch environment

Required Qualifications*

  • BS in electrical engineering, physics, or relevant areas
  • 5 years of electrical engineering experience
  • Familiarity with spacecraft and instrument electrical design
  • Familiarity with the space environment including laboratory environmental testing & qualification
  • Work as part of a team of faculty, research scientists, engineers, and technicians

Desired Qualifications*

  • MS or other advanced degree in engineering, physics, or mathematics
  • 5-10 years spacecraft electrical engineering experience
  • Experience in industry or student projects designing systems and equipment for application in space environments, especially with consideration to space environment high voltage design
  • Experience in industry or student projects with space system hardware

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at the intermediate level depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.  A higher salary may be considered for an exceptionally qualified candidate.

Additional Information

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Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.