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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 is an Organized Research Unit (ORU) of the Berkeley campus, with the 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.
Implements and monitors NASA procedures, contract terms, guidelines and directives, including all quality assurance and safety requirements.
May serve as Program Manager for less complex missions (less than 25 million). Assign subsystem managers as needed. Manage project budget, timeline, and personnel.
Works with Principal Investigator to develop NASA proposals and concepts.
May serve as mechanical subsystem engineer for major programs reporting to Program Manager or Principle Investigator. Manage mechanical engineering budget, timeline, and personnel.
Develops the design of spacecraft devices and oversees their fabrication, test and operation in space.
Oversees the development of the quality assurance implementation plan, subcontractor fabrication plans and facilities, parts and materials used in the project, inspections and test planning.
Supervises workflow and prioritization of machine shop jobs and directs implementation of quality assurance requirements.
Supervises trained mechanical engineering staff, manages task assignments and workflows.
Develops and manages spacecraft component subcontracts.
Develops complete work plan and budget; monitors cost and schedule performance.
Coordinates component and system-level design reviews.
Provides technical and financial reports to NASA, or Project Manager, or Principle Investigator.
Oversees subsystem managers for parts of the program.
Makes recommendations and implements decisions on issues (operational and budget processes, staff FTE, finance, human resources and space planning) that have department-wide impact.
Experience in the design and technical problems associated with spacecraft systems.
Must have demonstrated skills in the management of engineering tasks and personnel, be capable of generating budgets and schedules for a major engineering activity, and be able to manage and maintain budgets and schedules developed by co-workers and subordinates.
Extensive experience in the design of mechanical systems for space satellite programs and the general conduct of space satellite programs.
Extensive experience in spacecraft development projects, in management and in engineering.
Demonstrated skill level to manage the technical design and development of a space project and to inspire and achieve high quality performance from subordinates and contractors.
Must have an understanding of the implementation of NASA procedures, guidelines, and directives, contract terms and conditions, including Mission Assurance requirements, safety requirements, and ensuring that instrument contract deliverables are met.
Must be familiar with NASA testing requirements for flight qualification and experienced in the setup and use of required facilities.
Able to lead the subsystem definition, scope of work, and organizational structures to optimize the contributions of partner institutions.
Must have: proven ability for management of aerospace engineering activity; ability to conduct component and system level design reviews; and, ability to conduct failure reviews and implement recovery plans.
Understanding of machine shop practices and NASA required material and process tracking.
Extensive experience with 3D CAD modeling and simulation software.
Bachelors or Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent training and/or experience.
Desirable training: quality assurance; ESD control; clean room procedures; radioisotope safety procedures; elevated work platform; articulated boom lift; high lift truck; ammunition and explosives certification; SCAPE; probabilistic risk management.
Salary & Benefits
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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.
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