Safety and Mission Assurance Engineer (7120U) 18307

San Francisco
Jun 03, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Safety and Mission Assurance Engineer (7120U) 18307 About Berkeley

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 6/16/2021

Departmental Overview

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) is an Organized Research Unit (ORU) of the Berkeley campus reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Research. SSL's primary goal is to foster research in space related sciences and to provide education for the next generation of space scientists.

Research at SSL, led by Berkeley faculty and SSL Senior Fellows, focuses on experiments and observations carried out in space as well as theoretical and basic research. Since its inception in 1959, SSL has participated in over 50 NASA space science missions, including the Apollo, Mars, Discovery, and Explorer programs, as well as many international space missions.

SSL researchers have pioneered the development of instrumentation for study of the Sun, the interplanetary medium, the planets, and the Earth; for ultraviolet, x-ray, gamma-ray, and infrared astronomy; and for the measurement of the cosmic microwave background. SSL provides the engineering and technical capabilities required to develop and fabricate individual space instruments, an entire scientific payload for a spacecraft, or an entire space mission from start-to-finish-complete with in-house instrument design and fabrication; instrument and spacecraft integration and testing; launch support; mission and science operations, including commanding the spacecraft and bringing the data down to SSL's own ground station; and data processing and analysis.


Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced engineering professional in the specialized engineering field of Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) and Quality Assurance on major NASA spaceflight missions. Assignments typically require concentration in a field of application where subject matter knowledge relevant to NASA SMA standards is of great value in assisting with engineering design. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques appropriate for NASA SMA work.

  • Gathers and analyzes data; prepares formal engineering reports, drawings and status reports. Determines testing/qualification/screening required for a given part. Identifies external laboratory/vendor capable and available to complete that effort, coordinates purchase of the service with Senior Buyer, and inspects parts on delivery to verify acceptability. Assists in testing and screening of parts. Analyzes test results for acceptability.
  • Determines project specifications and parameters. Establishes and maintains documentation, tracking requirements for quality, purchases, usage, testing/qualification status and specific builds, etc. Reviews and writes project QA documents
  • Implements related business processes. Works directly with purchasing staff, initiating purchase requests for parts, providing suggested vendors for acquisition of highly specialized parts and testing services, serving as Technical Contact for external vendors. Closely tracks request for purchase of parts and services from initial request through inspection of final delivery for acceptability. Monitor schedule of deliveries, expediting as necessary.
  • Provides full range of professional engineering services to research projects; meets with research staff in the design and development phase. Reviews NASA contract documents for standards required for mission: working from standards requested by other engineers on the mission. Identifies specific processes meeting the NASA standards. Training in NASA and J-Standards for Operator and Inspector preferred
  • Provides direction and guidance to lower level R&D Engineers. Guide and oversee other team members to provide a fluid and responsive service to the Project/Instrument teams
  • May provide engineering information and advice to Principal Investigators and / or other faculty and research personnel with administrative responsibility for the research program or teaching facility.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge of Quality Assurance Engineering processes and practices.
  • Thorough knowledge necessary to apply principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments.
  • Demonstrated organizational and decision-making abilities to prioritize competing work assignments in order to meet deadlines and adherence to quality standards.
  • Strong analytical and judgment skills to independently conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions.
  • Ability to lead and influence others.

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering or Physics discipline and / or equivalent experience involving quality assurance of high reliability electronics parts.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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