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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 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.
Responsibilities This position requires a mechanical engineer with sufficient engineering, decision making, communication, and organizational skills to lead the mechanical development of heritage and novel aerospace systems for space-based scientific research. These systems may include deployment mechanisms, electronics enclosures, whole instruments, and entire nanosatellites. Engineering activities include trade studies, CAD based design, material selection, structural analysis, procurement of commercial components, supervision of fabrication, inspection, construction, testing, and addressing anomalies of such aerospace systems. These engineering tasks may require specialized and complex design and testing for extreme environments, such as ultra-high temperatures. Collaborative activities include frequent interaction with team engineers and management, to meet science requirements while maintaining engineering integrity; additional collaborative activities include frequent interaction with, and reporting to, engineers and management of space craft development teams at other institutions. System integration activities include assembly, support of testing, and addressing of anomalies at the spacecraft level. All activities must be documented in an organized fashion, for easy information retrieval, and to meet stringent quality assurance requirements. Supervision activities may include direction and oversight of lower level engineers, technicians, machine shop personnel, and students.
Designs the mechanical portions, including packaging and deployment mechanisms, of nanosatellites, scientific sensor instruments, and instrument control electronics (hereafter referred to as hardware). Develops specifications for aerospace parts procurements.
Provides professional engineering information and advice to systems engineers and management in area of specialty.
Consults and collaborates with Principal Investigators (PIs), electrical engineers, thermal engineers, shop personnel, and vendors. Works with other research organizations in the development of the hardware.
Documents all project activities, including design and meeting notes, design analysis, component data, procurement, fabrication, assembly, testing, and integration.
Gathers, analyzes and prepares information and prepares reports with respect to feasibility, engineering design criteria and performance of their components.
Prepares and presents reports to NASA technical review teams.
Designs and performs environmental simulation tests of hardware. Performs the recording and reduction of test data for instrument design and evaluation purposes.
Plans, performs and/or supervises assembly of hardware. Addresses, troubleshoots, creates plans of action for, and documents hardware failures and other anomalies.
Performs integration of instruments onto flight platforms (satellites or rockets).
Supervises or coordinates lower level engineers, shop personnel, and technical staff engaged in design, fabrication construction and testing of hardware.
Thorough skills in the design, development and construction of space systems, including one successful aerospace product.
Specialist in at least one discipline (electrical, electronic or mechanical).
Thorough systems knowledge of other engineering specialties in order to integrate at the instrument level.
Thorough skills in supervising lower level professional engineering and technical staff to ensure objectives are met in adherence to quality standards.
Proficiency in multiple CAD systems, including SolidWorks and OnShape. Familiarity with other CAD systems.
Proficiency in FEA Software, including CosmosWorks with adaptability to other platforms.
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing effectively. Ability to interface with various institutions and disciplines to effectively accomplish project goals and meet requirements. Able to generate, present, and defend designs and qualification programs to review panels and other NASA specialists.
Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Post-graduate level course work in related area required.
Trained in Solidworks, Solidworks Simulation, and OnShape.
Operation of vibration table
Operation of thermal vacuum chambers
Clean room protocols
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