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Apply now(opens in a new window) Job No: 503196
Division/Organization: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Department: Space Science & Engineering Center
Job Type: UW Student Jobs
Remote Eligbility: Not Remote
Salary/Wage Range or Lump Sum: $15.00
Job Categories: Interpersonal Communication, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Teamwork/Collaboration, Professionalism/Work Ethic, STEM

Department Overview:

The Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) is an internationally known research and development center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of the largest centers at the university, SSEC is situated within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education

SSEC engineers and scientists develop and utilize space-, aircraft- and ground-based instrumentation to collect and analyze observations of the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, land surface, and other planetary atmospheres to improve our understanding of weather, climate, and atmospheric processes. Through this research we produce new resources, products, and tools that are helping to improve the accuracy and timeliness of weather forecasts.

Anticipated Start Date:

September 19, 2022

Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):


Remote Work Eligibility Detail:

This student position will be on-site.  The SSEC is following all campus and CDC guidelines to keep employees safe and healthy.

Anticipated Hours Per Week:

10-15 hours per week, possibly more.  


Will set upon hire.  Hours will be performed during core business hours of 7:30am - 5:00pm.

Salary/Wage Range/Lump Sum:

Starting pay is $15.00/hour; pay will commensurate based on experience and capabilities.

Number of Positions:



Engineering or Physics degree seeking student.  Higher-level undergraduates or masters-level students are encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Team oriented and highly motivated to work on a team of scientists, engineers, and technicians.

Position Summary/Job Duties:

The University of Wisconsin—Madison, Space Science and Engineering Center was recently awarded funding to develop and test breadboard versions of key subsystems for a next-generation version of their airborne Scanning High-resolution Interferometer Sounder (S-HIS) instrument.  This instrument is used for various scientific studies of the atmosphere and for calibration validation of NASA and NOAA space-based weather satellites.  This work is a risk reduction step toward an eventual fully implemented instrument, capable of flying on multiple aircraft platforms.

The subsystems to be developed and tested include an imaging Michelson interferometer and an FPGA-based real-time instrument controller along with a highly accurate temperature controller for the instrument internal blackbody calibration source.

The project will be carried out at UW-SSEC by a highly skilled team with deep experience in the underlying technologies used by the S-HIS.

We are seeking team-oriented, highly motivated, and academically strong engineering or physics students to work on our interdisciplinary instrument development team that consists of scientists, engineers, and technicians.  We will entertain either higher-level undergraduates or masters-level students.  Technical guidance from our team will be provided commensurate with the student’s education and experience level.

This job is a wonderful opportunity for a young engineer who wants to gain experience working on a real-world engineering project under the mentorship provided by highly experienced scientists, engineers and technicians working with cutting edge remote sensing technologies.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Physical Demands:


Institutional Statements:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background-people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

Accommodation Statement:

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:


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