Job Requisition Number: 26805. 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.
Performs engineering design and development of aerospace systems including scientific instruments for spacecraft, high-altitude balloons, sounding rockets, and ground-based observatories. Independently generates mechanical designs and solutions based on functional goals set for instruments. Designs electrical and software solutions as needed. Participates in most phases of a project: preliminary and detailed design, fabrication, test, integration, launch and post-launch. Participates in design reviews.
•Provides full range of professional engineering services for scientific instruments, spacecraft, balloons, rockets, and ground-based observatories. Designs are created and analyzed using CAD. Evaluates designs using engineering analysis to verify required margins are met.. Meets with research staff in the design and development phase. •Determines project specifications and parameters. •Performs design, construction, assembly and testing of complex experimental equipment and instrument systems. •May provide engineering information and advice to Principal Investigators and/or other faculty and research personnel with administrative responsibility for the research program or teaching facility. •Gathers, analyzes, prepares and summarizes annual and semi-annual reports. Participates in reviews. •Provides direction and guidance to lower level R&D Engineers. •Implements related business processes.•Significant knowledge and experience in CAD software, preferably SolidWorks and OnShape. Experience with FEA and Office applications. •Trained in the mechanical engineering discipline with significant professional experience. •Ability and experience in designing and developing mechanical systems based on general specifications of desired functionality and with minimal supervision. •Familiarity with other engineering specialties involved in assignments (electrical, thermal). •Ability to develop analytical models and implement them in software (Python, Matlab) •Knowledge and skill with electromechanical systems and electronic controllers •Skills in supervising engineering technician staff to ensure objectives are met in adherence to quality standards. •Experience documenting design efforts in engineering logbooks, engineering drawings, engineering analysis reports, test plans and reports, and in formal project reviews. Experience producing drawings to ASME Y14.5. •Thorough knowledge associated with independently performing the full range of engineering professional design work. •Thorough knowledge necessary to apply principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. •Demonstrated organizational and decision-making abilities to prioritize competing work assignments in order to meet deadlines and adherence to quality standards. •Strong analytical and judgment skills to independently conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations. •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.
Education/Training: •Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering and/or equivalent experience
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