Assistant/Associate Specialist - Embedded Systems Design and Control

San Francisco
Oct 22, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant/Associate Specialist - Embedded Systems Design and Control Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

The Soga Lab at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) is accepting applications for an Assistant/Associate Specialist in the area of embedded systems design and control.

Appointment length:
This is a twelve month, 100% time appointment with the possibility of extension being subject to performance and budgetary approval. Anticipated start: October 2020 or until the position is filled.

This position focuses on assisting in the development of the control systems and software of a distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS) system. This individual will use their strong skills in software development and hardware control to assist in improving an already patented system. The specific tasks include assisting in (i) the design of software for the user interface, (ii) the design of control programs for the hardware, (iii) the design of a PCB for the integration of the electronics, (iv) and the design of an embedded system for onboard processing utilizing FPGAs or CPUs. This position is expected to working closely with researchers on other DFOS projects at UCB.

Basic Qualifications (at the time of application):
Master's degree (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a Master's degree program (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application.

Additional Qualificatons:
Master's degree (or equivalent international degree) by the start date.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in electrical engineering, embedded systems, parallel computing or related/relevant field.
  • Relevant experience as a sensor design researcher and/or hardware developer.
  • Data analysis, signal processing, and programming (e.g., MATLAB, Python, C, LabView).
  • Experience in on-board computing, especially parallel computing (e.g. FPGA).
  • Experience in control and data platform software development.
  • Experienced in embedded system design, including models of computation and system level design methodologies.
  • Experience with troubleshooting and debugging prototype hardware/software.
  • Electronic design (analog and digital), PCB design, and fabrication.

    To be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position provides full benefits. Annual salary range: $53,300 - $66,000.

    Application procedure:
    To apply go to

    Berkeley, CA

    Please direct questions to:
    Kenichi Soga (Email: [email protected]) with subject line: “Assistant/Associate Specialist Position”.

    Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists. We will seek your permission before contacting your references.

    All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California Policy and California State law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: ( prior to submitting their letters.

    We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research.
    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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