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Instrument Electronics Engineer (0546U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 35499

University of California, Berkeley
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Instrument Electronics Engineer (0546U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 35499 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

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

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: May 23, 2022.

  • Designs, tests, manages, and maintains complex electronics and electrical products, starting with requirements and supporting through integration with the spacecraft.
  • Plans, organizes and supervises lower level engineers and technical staff engaged in design, construction and testing of space flight hardware and instruments.
  • Consults and collaborates with entities outside of immediate project team: Principal Investigators (PIs), shop personnel, vendors and other component engineers.
  • Carries system engineering responsibility regarding electrical and electronics development at the instrument level.
  • Provides information and advice to instrument systems engineers and management as part of the development process.

Required Qualifications
    Effective interpersonal and communication skills in order to work with both technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization. Able to work independently and as part of a team, able to learn quickly, meet deadlines, and demonstrate problem solving skills. Able to follow procedures, requirements, and guidelines required by NASA and the project. Experience operating test equipment related to embedded systems: DMMs, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, etc. Able to read and understand electrical schematics, layouts, and parts datasheets.

  • Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent training or experience.
  • Post-graduate level course work in related area and/or equivalent training or experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced debugging skills with embedded systems. Must be able to efficiently locate and resolve embedded hardware and software issues.

Thorough skills in the design, development and construction of high-reliability systems, including one successful product. Aerospace experience is preferred but non-aerospace experience will be considered.
    Specialist in at least two of the following electrical disciplines:
      Power: Thorough experience with PWM-based DC/DC (<50W), EMI filter design, protection circuits, custom magnetics, stabilizing power supplies. Digital PCB design: Thorough experience with peripherals and interface protocols (I2C, SPI, UART, CAN, ADCs, watchdogs, RS-422, LVDS), signal integrity, controlled-impedance PCB layout, FPGA design (VHDL, Verilog, IP Cores). Embedded software: Thorough experience with embedded development (C, Rust), embedded-systems test equipment operation and automation (Python), writing regression test suites, software version control and CM practices using svn and/or git. Analog PCB design: Thorough experience with signal conditioning (temperature, detectors), filters, operational-amplifier based design, selecting and interfacing with data converters (A/D, D/A), differential signaling, basic power distribution circuits and discrete design, low-noise PCB layout. Electrical systems: Experience developing and architecting electronics at all levels (PCB, box, system), grounding, shielding, and cabling design, an ability to plan, communicate, analyze, and report at a systems level. Can develop a basic schedule for implementation of a design.
    Knowledge of high-reliability and/or safety-critical design practices for embedded systems. Experience with environmental testing; e.g. thermal, vibration, vacuum, EMI. Ability to analyze and design discrete (i.e. transistor-level) circuits. PCB layout experience using PADS VX or similar tools. Low-level (<1mV) analog signal conditioning. Thorough skills in supervising professional engineering and technical staff to ensure objectives are met in adherence to quality standards. Thorough systems knowledge of non-electrical engineering specialties necessary to successfully integrate and test an embedded system with both scientific instruments and a spacecraft bus. Ability to select, quote, and procure high-reliability parts with detailed specifications in accordance with NASA standards.

Salary & Benefits

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Other Information
  • This is a hybrid position, with 40% remote work eligibility.
  • Space Sciences Laboratory is recruiting for two (2) Instrument Electronics Engineers.

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.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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