Electrical Engineer (7115U) - 35231
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The Space Sciences Lab (SSL) is seeking a highly motivated electrical engineer to work on NASA-funded high-altitude balloon programs at UC Berkeley. The balloon programs are fast-paced environments, requiring creative problem solving while working in interdisciplinary teams sending cutting-edge scientific instruments into a near-space environment. Engineers are involved in the full design cycle: specification, design, build, test, calibration, integration with other systems, and operation in the full instrument and flight.
An ideal candidate would be a self-motivated, independent learner who works well in small teams. A single balloon payload may consist of many different technologies, such as: analog & digital circuits, microcontrollers & FPGAs, computers and sensor interfaces, software, and DC power systems. Engineers in these projects excel when they are open to working on and learning a breadth of electrical engineering disciplines, love prototyping, and have a passion to contribute to scientific research.
Two current programs preparing for balloon flights in the next few years are the General Antiparticle Spectrometer (GAPS) and the Gamma-Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar Flares (GRIPS).
GAPS is designed to detect antinuclei (antiprotons, antideuterons, and antihelium) in cosmic rays with high sensitivity, as messengers of dark matter processes in the galaxy. The instrument includes several technologies such as silicon radiation detectors, custom electronics, thermal systems, monitoring sensors and computers. More information about the GAPS payload and detection principle can be found here: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://gaps1.astro.ucla.edu/gaps/&source=gmail&ust=1638946422680000&usg=AOvVaw2WxGFI3GZmFAKd5MmEZjlG" href="https://apptrkr.com/get_redirect.php?id=3050104&targetURL=https://gaps1.astro.ucla.edu/gaps/" style="color:rgb(17, 85, 204);]https://gaps1.astro.ucla.edu/gaps/ .
GRIPS will provide a combination of high-resolution imaging, spectroscopy, and polarimetry of solar-flare gamma-ray emission to understand the processes behind the impulsive release of stored magnetic energy in the Sun. GRIPS uses advanced germanium detectors and low-noise readout electronics is being implemented. For more information, see https://www.google.com/url?q=https://grips.ssl.berkeley.edu/&source=gmail&ust=1638946422680000&usg=AOvVaw0-joEUZzk4SRRuPzYFFw04" href="https://apptrkr.com/get_redirect.php?id=3050104&targetURL=https://grips.ssl.berkeley.edu/" style="color:rgb(17, 85, 204);]https://grips.ssl.berkeley.edu/ .
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.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: May 17, 2022.
- Design of electrical components and systems for high altitude balloon research platforms.
- Working in laboratory setting and prototyping electrical systems in fast moving development environment.
- Analog and digital circuit design, test, and verification.
- Performs the recording and reduction of test data for instrument design and evaluation purposes.
- Works in interdisciplinary and experimental research group with other engineers, scientists, and students
- Circuit schematic capture
- Ability to work autonomously to develop and debug designs
- Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience in related area
- Printed circuit board layout
- Experience with microcontroller systems or programmable logic systems (FPGA)
- Experience with analog circuitry (power systems, signal processing, low power and low noise design)
- Experience with software development (Python/C/C++)
- Experience working with, designing, and interfacing with complex systems
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.
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How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
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