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Research and Development Engineer 3 (7120U) - 16460
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 17, 2021
Title Research and Development Engineer 3 (7120U) - 16460
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
    Professional Staff
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautics
    Mechanical Engineering

Research and Development Engineer 3 (7120U) - 16460

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 30, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) is the UC system's premier space sciences research facility and one of the preeminent university laboratories in the country for space research. SSL's primary goals of fostering outstanding research in space-related sciences and providing education for the next generation of space scientists. Research at SSL is led by Berkeley faculty and SSL Senior Fellows, and focuses on experiments and observations carried out in space, but also includes research with the potential of leading to future space experiments, and the theoretical research that is tied into the experimental and observational programs. Since its inception in 1959, SSL has participated in over 50 NASA space science missions, including the Apollo, Mars, and Explorer programs, as well as many international space missions.

Required Qualifications
  • Develops specifications for vacuum and test equipment parts procurements; works with other research organizations in the development of the component.
  • Provides professional engineering information and advice to systems engineers and management in area of specialty.
  • Plans, organizes and supervises lower level engineers and technical staff engaged in design, construction and testing of space flight instruments.
  • Consults and collaborates with Principal Investigators (PIs), shop personnel, vendors and other component engineers.
  • Carries system engineering responsibility covering relevant engineering specialties engaged in the vacuum and test equipment level.
  • Coordinates work at other research institutions and reports to NASA technical review teams.
  • Designs electrical, mechanical, electronic and/or optical instruments and of computer-associated systems and equipment.
  • Performs the recording and reduction of test data for instrument design and evaluation purposes.
  • Gathers, analyzes and prepares information and prepare reports with respect to feasibility, engineering design criteria and performance of their components.
  • Provides supervision and guidance to lower level professional engineers and technician staff.
  • Professional development.

Required Qualifications
  • Skills in the design, development and construction of space system Thermal Vacuum test platforms, including successful qualification of multiple successful aerospace products.
  • Skills in supervising lower level professional engineering and technical staff to ensure objectives are met in adherence to quality standards.
  • Skill in cleanroom design, procurement, construction, setup, operation and maintenance.
  • Skill in planning, design, construction, assembly, verification and operation of spacecraft instrumentation test facilities.
  • Knowledge of mechanical, electrical, computer, contamination control and thermal monitoring systems and their employment in space systems test programs.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions.
  • Ability to lead and influence others.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • 5 years experience in environmental testing setting or equivalent.

Salary & Benefits

Hiring Range: $94,000 - $104,000 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.

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:
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