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Aerospace Engineer 3 (0546U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 59168

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco

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Aerospace Engineer 3 (0546U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 59168 About Berkeley

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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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: September 28, 2023

  • Leads development of CAD based optical design studies for proposals and implementation. Responsible for performing optimization, tolerancing/sensitivity, and stray light analyses to verify designs meet requirements. Collaborates with mechanical engineers to ensure the opto-mechanical design follows fabrication guidelines and can be assembled and aligned within project schedule constraints..
  • Responsible for generation and execution of laboratory alignment for both space flight and ground-based instrumentation. Includes specification and characterization of specialized optical testing equipment.
  • Plans, organizes and supervises lower-level engineers and technical staff engaged in design, construction and testing of space flight and ground-based instruments. Trains technical staff in the operation of specialized optical testing equipment, if necessary.
  • Consults and collaborates with Principal Investigators (PIs), shop personnel, vendors, and other component engineers. Works with mechanical engineering to ensure appropriate specifications are included in optic drawings. Collaborates with management to identify and work with vendors for optical elements.
  • May supervise or coordinate technicians and shop personnel involved in assembly and testing of component parts. Provides review and feedback to optical performance specifications including component test reports and subsystem alignment reports.
  • Develops specifications for procurement of optical elements including, but not limited to, mirrors, lenses, filters, and gratings.
  • Coordinates work at other research institutions and reports to NASA technical review teams. Responsible for briefing optical design requirements and corresponding analyses at major lifecycle reviews (e.g., preliminary and critical design reviews).
  • Performs the recording and reduction of test data for instrument design and evaluation purposes. This includes providing summaries of optical performance (e.g., imaging and/or spectral resolution, radiometric response, etc.
  • Gathers, analyzes and prepares information and prepare reports with respect to feasibility, engineering design criteria and performance of their components.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough skills in the design, development and construction of space systems, including one successful aerospace product. Preferable experience supporting either a NASA explorer's class mission, or a facility class instrument for a large ground-based observatory.
  • Specialist in optical engineering with experience designing/analyzing systems in Optics Studio (Zemax) softaree. Proficiency using mechanical CAD (Solidworks) is preferred.
  • Thorough systems knowledge of other engineering specialties to integrate at the instrument level. Responsible for leading the instrument alignment verification in the laboratory prior to delivery.
  • Thorough skills in supervising lower level professional engineering and technical staff to ensure objectives are met in adherence to quality standards. Trains staff in the use of specialized optical test equipment, if necessary.

Education / Training Requirements
  • Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training

Preferred Education / Training
  • Post-graduate level course work in related area preferred.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The full pay scale for this position is $117,000.00-$226,000.00. The budgeted salary that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $130,000.00-$150,000.00.
    This is a full-time (40 hours/week), career position, and eligible for full UC benefits.This is an exempt, monthly paid position.The annual salary is commensurate with experience within the budgeted range.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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