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Ground Support Equipment Engineer (7119U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 47160

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Closing date
Jan 27, 2023
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Ground Support Equipment Engineer (7119U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 47160About 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: January 4, 2023
  • Under general supervision, designs and prepares engineering plans and specifications of moderate complexity for spacecraft instrumentation and laboratory ground test equipment.
  • This will include interfacing with the spacecraft team and project to understand instrument requirements, preparing designs for software and hardware test equipment to meet requirements, building software and hardware test equipment, and helping use the test equipment to test the flight instrumentation so that it meets all requirements.
  • Under general supervision, assists with interfacing with the instrument and spacecraft teams to understand schedules, constraints, requirements, and data flows for integrating the instrumentation together, testing the instrument in various environments (Thermal Vacuum, Vibe, etc), shipping the instrumentation to the spacecraft team, and working with the spacecraft team to integrate with the spacecraft.
  • This includes checking out the functionality of the instrument, monitoring the instrumentation during spacecraft environmental testing (Thermal Vacuum, Vibe, Shock, etc), preparing test procedures, implementing data flows between the spacecraft team, and monitoring data in real-time and analyzing delivered data files from tests and test facility equipment.
  • Works with instrument scientists to prepare commands for uplink to change the configuration of the instruments for best scientific observation.
  • Uses existing software and develops enhancements to build, test, and uplink commands.
  • Then analyzes data received from the instrument while in orbit to verify correct configuration.
  • Performs trending on instrument housekeeping, verifying that values are within limits and events received are correct.
  • If errors occur, works with systems engineers, scientists, and projects to find solutions, develops commands, tests the commands, and uplinks.
  • Prepares formal engineering reports, drawings, and status reports from data received from on orbit spacecraft instruments
  • Under general supervision, maintains the repositories of ground hardware and software, laptop computers that run the software, routers, and all simulators needed for testing.
  • Maintains networking and IT security as needed as well as any software updates and patches.

Required Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of engineering principles and methods in order to independently perform professional design work of limited scope and complexity.
  • Advanced Python programming knowledge, including Pandas, Numpy, and Matplotlib for scripting, data analysis, database operations, and data visualization.
  • Working knowledge necessary to begin independent application of principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments in the field of ground support equipment, including the design, construction, programming, and execution of test rigs for spacecraft hardware.
  • Understanding of networking to set up routers and data pipelines to interface instruments, software, and operations centers.
  • Organizational abilities and decision-making to prioritize work assignments
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner, to assist in identifying any challenges or barriers.
  • Knowledge of how mission operations are conducted and planned.
  • Knowledge of working in a lab environment.

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical or electronic engineering or physics with work experience involving building and testing electrical test systems and operating scientific instruments and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits
  • This is a 100% full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is exempt and paid monthly.
  • 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 budgeted salary that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $85,000.00 - $120,000.00.
  • For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

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 see the EEOC poster.
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see the UC policy.
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