Job ID: 221577

Opto-Mechanical Engineer (0346U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 59229

University of California, Berkeley

  • Sep. 18, 2023
  • Opto-Mechanical Engineer (0346U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 59229
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Mechanical Engineering

Opto-Mechanical Engineer (0346U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 59229

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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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: September 29, 2023


  • Leads development of CAD based opto-mechanical studies for proposals and implementation. Responsible for leading the overall opto-mechanical effort, including mirror mount design/analysis, primary structure design, and oversight of opto-mechanical mechanisms. Collaborates with optical engineers to ensure the opto-mechanical design follows fabrication guidelines and can be assembled and aligned within project schedule constraints.
  • Plans, organizes and supervises lower level engineers and technical staff engaged in design, construction and testing of space flight instruments. Responsible for developing plans and procedures required to assemble precision opto-mechanical systems.
  • Systems engineering responsibility to ensure the effective design and integration of all components and engineering fields such as mechanical. Ensures that opto-mechanical design supports overall optical requirements and can achieve desired performance specifications.
  • Develops detailed drawings and specifications for optics, optical assemblies, metering structures, and opto-mechanical mechanisms. Works with optical engineers and vendors to obtain optimal solutions.
  • Integrates the activities of multiple sub-specialties of one of the Aerospace Engineering disciplines or covering several engineering specialties. Leads the overall mechanical assembly and integration of a spaceflight instrument or large ground-based instrument (>$20M).
  • Carries major responsibility for accomplishment of research objectives in relationships with investigators, contractors, and Campus staff.
  • Works with project management in meeting technical requirements within schedule and budget; revises the design and verification as needed; provides all design and verification data to project leadership for integration to the spacecraft.
  • May lead a team of lower-level professional engineers and technicians.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced skills in the planning, development and construction of space systems, including one successful complex space instrument from concept development through launch. Experience leading an opto-mechanical design effort from concept to delivery is expected. Preferable experience supporting either a NASA explorers class mission, or a facility class instrument for a large ground-based observatory.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience using mechanical CAD (SolidWorks), as well as finite element analysis (FEA). Experience designing and analyzing optical mounts for relevant environments (vibration, shock, and thermal) in addition to optical performance (induced wavefront error)
  • Advanced systems knowledge to effectively integrate multiple engineering fields. Responsible for mechanical integration of a space flight instrument or facility class ground based instrument.
  • Skills in project management to include organization, planning, quality assurance and scheduling.
  • Skills in supervising staff and establishing work objectives.

Education / Training Requirements

  • Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training

Preferred Qualifications

  • Post-graduate level course work in related area preferred.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The full pay scale for this position is $129,600.00-$254,400.00. The budgeted salary range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $180,000.00-$230,000.00.

  • This is a full-time (40 hours/week), career position, and eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This is an exempt, monthly paid position.
  • The annual salary is commensurate with experience within the budgeted range.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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

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