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Systems Engineer (0346U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 35611
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Aug. 3, 2022
Title Systems Engineer (0346U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 35611
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Electrical and/or Electronics
    Engineering - Other
    Mechanical Engineering

Systems Engineer (0346U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 35611

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 25, 2022.


  • Applies advanced theoretical and/or mathematical approaches in determining the feasibility of engineering designs.
  • Plans, organizes and supervises lower-level engineers and technical staff engaged in design, construction and testing of space flight instruments.
  • Systems engineering responsibility to ensure the effective design and integration of all components and engineering fields such as mechanical, electrical, and electronic.
  • Develops specifications for aerospace component procurements.
  • Integrates the activities of multiple sub-specialties of one of the Aerospace Engineering disciplines or covering several engineering specialties.
  • Represents the PI at meetings and conferences to include Campus, University and extramural funding agencies in matters related to engineering design.
  • Carries major responsibility for accomplishment of research objectives in relationships with investigators, contractors, and Campus staff.
  • Works with spacecraft management in meeting technical requirements within schedule and budget; revises the design and verification as needed; provides all design and verification data to NASA for integration to the spacecraft.
  • May lead a team of lower-level professional engineers and technicians.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced skills in the planning, development and construction of space systems, including one successful complex space instrument from concept development through operation.
  • Knowledge and skills in systems engineering covering disciplines (electrical, electronic or mechanical) engaged at the instrument level.
  • Advanced systems knowledge to effectively integrate multiple engineering fields.
  • Skills in project management to include organization, planning, quality assurance and scheduling.
  • Skills in supervising staff and establishing work objectives.


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

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

  • Space Sciences Laboratory is hiring for two (2) Systems Engineer positions.

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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