NASA Johnson Space Center
Location: Houston, TX
Acoustics Engineering Internship
This position will be within the Human Factors and System Management team, which supports the Acoustics Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The team is responsible for ensuring safe, healthy, and habitable vehicle acoustic environments, in which astronaut crews can live, communicate, and work. Considerations for spacecraft acoustic environments include maintaining acceptable background noise levels that balance the need to operate critical environmental systems (fans, pumps, etc.) while also enabling effective communication, providing restful sleep and respite environments, and ensuring adequate alarm audibility. Other considerations include minimizing annoyance type noises such as prevalent tones and impulses. To accomplish these goals, the Acoustics Office verifies that space vehicle environments and integrated hardware meet their acoustic requirements, routinely monitorsacoustic levels within space vehicle environments to ensure safe exposure levels, and implements noise mitigation, as necessary, to address unacceptable noise emissions or environments. The successful applicant will support this effort by conducting studies of novel acoustic material layups to quantify their effectiveness as mitigation treatments and ensure compatibility with exploration atmosphere requirements of future space vehicle environments and habitats.
Specific Duties include:
The candidate must have at least 2 years of undergraduate experience in acoustics, physics, mechanical engineering, or another closely related technical discipline. Preferred candidates will have obtained a bachelor's degree in acoustics or a related technical discipline or be currently enrolled in an acoustics-related graduate program.
The candidate should possess knowledge of acoustics, including basic theory and wave propagation, and data post-processing in MATLAB or Excel. Personnel should also have experience with common lab equipment, including but not limited to DC power supplies and multimeters.
The following skills are not required but are considered to be valuable assets to our team:
The candidate must have demonstrated leadership capabilities and be detail oriented. The qualified applicant must also have excellent oral and written communication skills, including effective communication between external groups as well as report writing. Personnel must be a ‘go-getter’ and be able to work independently after initial training as well as collaboratively.
To apply, send an email with an attached resume to firstname.lastname@example.org