Search for University Jobs in Engineering

Job ID: 189810

Electrical Engineer (7115U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 38950
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 22, 2022
Title Electrical Engineer (7115U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 38950
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

Electrical Engineer (7115U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 38950

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 Lab (SSL) is seeking a highly motivated electrical engineer to work on NASA-funded high-altitude balloon programs at UC Berkeley. The balloon programs are fast-paced environments, requiring creative problem solving while working in interdisciplinary teams sending cutting-edge scientific instruments into a near-space environment. Engineers are involved in the full design cycle: specification, design, build, test, calibration, integration with other systems, and operation in the full instrument and flight.

An ideal candidate would be a self-motivated, independent learner who works well in small teams. A single balloon payload may consist of many different technologies, such as: analog & digital circuits, microcontrollers & FPGAs, computers and sensor interfaces, software, and DC power systems. Engineers in these projects excel when they are open to working on and learning a breadth of electrical engineering disciplines, love prototyping, and have a passion to contribute to scientific research.

Two current programs preparing for balloon flights in the next few years are the General Antiparticle Spectrometer (GAPS) and the Gamma-Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar Flares (GRIPS).

GAPS is designed to detect antinuclei (antiprotons, antideuterons, and antihelium) in cosmic rays with high sensitivity, as messengers of dark matter processes in the galaxy. The instrument includes several technologies such as silicon radiation detectors, custom electronics, thermal systems, monitoring sensors and computers. More information about the GAPS payload and detection principle can be found here: .

GRIPS will provide a combination of high-resolution imaging, spectroscopy, and polarimetry of solar-flare gamma-ray emission to understand the processes behind the impulsive release of stored magnetic energy in the Sun. GRIPS uses advanced germanium detectors and low-noise readout electronics is being implemented. For more information, see .

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: July 22, 2022


  • Design of electrical components and systems for high altitude balloon research platforms.
  • Working in laboratory setting and prototyping electrical systems in fast moving development environment.
  • Analog and digital circuit design, test, and verification.
  • Performs the recording and reduction of test data for instrument design and evaluation purposes.
  • Works in interdisciplinary and experimental research group with other engineers, scientists, and students

Required Qualifications

  • Circuit schematic capture
  • Ability to work autonomously to develop and debug designs


  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience in related area

Preferred Qualifications

  • Printed circuit board layout
  • Experience with microcontroller systems or programmable logic systems (FPGA)
  • Experience with analog circuitry (power systems, signal processing, low power and low noise design)
  • Experience with software development (Python/C/C++)
  • Experience working with, designing, and interfacing with complex systems

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

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.

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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

To apply, visit


Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

Please see the job description for contact details
pertaining to this university job announcement.


Refer this job to a friend or colleague!

New Search | Previous

RSS for the latest higher education jobs
Atom for the latest higher education jobs
Need a Sabbatical Home Near Berkeley?