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Electrical Engineer, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (0346U)
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 23, 2023
Title Electrical Engineer, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (0346U)
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Space Sciences Laboratory - 49922
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
    Professional Staff
  • Electrical and/or Electronics

Electrical Engineer, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (0346U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 49922

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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.

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 is a globally-recognized leader in space science and 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.

The Role:

The Space Sciences Lab is looking for a FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) engineer to join the team that is responsible for the development of space flight instrumentation at UC Berkeley. The successful candidate will develop requirements and specifications for FPGA designs; implement the deign in VHDL; and test the design with test benches and other methods. Ideally you will have a background in FPGA development for space instrumentation or other scientific instrumentation, but all candidates with FPGA experience are encouraged to apply. SSL is involved in building the AETHER instrument that will fly on the Geospace Dynamics Constellation (GDC) mission funded by NASA. This FPGA engineering role will involve developing FPGA designs for this instrument and testing designs and later on, the instrument. Skills at interfacing with hardware and writing and debugging VHDL down to the lowest level are required.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 6, 2023


  • 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.
  • Electrical Systems engineering responsibility to ensure the effective design and integration of all components and electrical engineering fields such as analog, digital, FPGA and detectors.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 management to include organization, planning, quality assurance and scheduling.


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

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 budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $112,100.00 - $216,700.00.

  • 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.

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.

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