Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to authoritative figures in commercial, environmental, and humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company and data company all rolled into one.

Customers and users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest obstacles.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, and software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth. Join Planet and be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.

Planet is headquartered in San Francisco, California, Earth.

Role

 Planet is looking for a Senior Optical Payload/Instrumentation Technician. 

In this role you will execute ground-based optical payload testing in collaboration with satellite manufacturing, camera operations, calibration and other system engineers in helping test, manufacture, develop and troubleshoot telescopes and camera assemblies for our constellations. 

The ideal candidate will have a strong affinity for working with and building Optical telescopes and Camera systems demonstrating familiarity with Zemax as well as common optical metrology/alignment techniques for both build and troubleshooting purposes. Strong communication skills (written and verbal) and a desire for continuous on-the-job learning are required. Ability to debug problems in complex systems, data analysis and follow key instructions. Ability to execute basic lab automation python script etc. 

Key Qualifications

  • Excellent knowledge of imaging optics (testing telescopes and cameras).
  • Good understanding of optical alignment, image quality metrics, camera calibration and radiometry.
  • Experience with radiometric and MTF calculations; the use of interferometers, wavefront sensors, monochromators, collimators, power meters, light sources and integrating spheres is a big plus
  • Skills with mechanical tools and fixtures
  • Strong debugging for opto-mechanical and electrical systems
  • Ability to execute and develop complex, detailed test procedures 
  • Familiarity with proper laboratory safety and manufacturing best practices in a cleanroom environment.
  • Impeccable organization skills are required.
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams of professional technical engineers  is required.
  • Demonstrable ability to do basic software development and/or lab automation (Python, microcontrollers, etc)

Description

  • Test and characterization of telescopes and cameras for image quality and radiometric performance. 
  • Execute detailed test procedures and accurately record/prepare test results and data analysis. 
  • Assemble opto mechanical and electrical test fixtures and setups to facilitate product testing. 
  • Maintain and troubleshoot test equipment and set up optical test stations.
  • Develop stable, repeatable and automated testing capabilities.
  • Work closely with engineers to support project development work. 
  • Report status, present data in a meaningful way  on a regular basis. 
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. 

Education

Educational background in Optical Engineering (or relevant experience) required (AS/BS preferred).

Additional Requirements

  • Experience in recording detailed and accurate test descriptions and data summaries. 
  • Mastery of Optomechanical  testing (Telescopes, focal planes, camera, cable/ harness assemblies).
  • Experience with collecting large amounts of data, data storage and data manipulation. 
  • Able to effectively contribute to a dynamic and often fast-paced, high-pressure work environment. 
  • Competency in mechanical assemblies, soldering PCBs and proficiency in reading both electrical drawings & schematics  are nice to have.

Benefits While Working at Planet:

  • Comprehensive Health Plan
  • Wellness program and onsite massages in specific offices
  • Flexible Time Off
  • Recognition Programs
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Learning and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Parental Leave
  • Offsites and Happy Hours
  • Volunteering Benefits

Some Press About Us: 

Our CEO, Will Marshall featured on TED and featured in a Planet Blog

“Planet: Bringing Space Back Down to Earth”

Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth features in NBC News

“Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace” —Planet Blog

Why we care so much about Belonging. 

We’re dedicated to helping the whole Planet, and to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices and on all of our teams. That’s why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity and inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but you’re thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply!  At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description.  We don’t just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill people’s careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts.  We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope you’re excited to come along for the ride. 

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