Job ID: 199173

Ground Aerospace Engineer - Space Data Center (0546U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 40910

University of California, Berkeley

  • Nov. 10, 2022
  • Ground Aerospace Engineer - Space Data Center (0546U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 40910
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautics

Ground Aerospace Engineer - Space Data Center (0546U), Space Sciences Laboratory - 40910

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

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We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

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.

Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) operates at UC Berkeley. The Science Data Center is part of the Mission Operations System (MOS) and is responsible for obtaining spacecraft data, verifying its integrity, processing it through modeling software and publishing the data to the correct vested parties. Our data is becoming more sophisticated and requires graphical representations presented to science teams for validation and then to the public for consumption.

Such systems utilize web-based interfaces and custom GUI tools for administration, deployment and archival. Visualizations are time critical in order to facilitate changes to spacecraft commanding and to detect instrument errors. Automation of these systems allows the scientists and engineers to sift through massive data in short times and rapidly deploy new software when needed.

The SDC is ever evolving as we take on new projects and a skilled software engineer is needed to join the team designing, implementing, testing, operating and documenting these systems.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 25, 2022


  • Design, develop, test and approve new systems to support new and current observatory projects.
  • Maintain and operate current systems.
  • Support design and development of improvements (including automation) to existing systems.
  • Communicate with vested parties (Principal Investigators, Science Teams, NASA, other science institutions) in joint discussions to develop system requirements.
  • Support mission design for new space missions and projects.
  • Research new technologies and recommend informed changes to current systems.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of software design patterns.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Java or C++ and object-oriented design skills.
  • Recent experience working within the software life-cycle and using best practices.
  • Proficiency with use of some form of version control (GIT preferred).
  • Experience documenting software.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with and cooperate with a multi-disciplined team.
  • Knowledge of and basic experience using cloud services.


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

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2+ years professional experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with database design and management
  • Leadership experience within the software lifecycle.
  • Previous experience working with scientists and/or hardware engineers.
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience writing test harnesses, i.e. experience writing frameworks that perform automated testing of new code, including code that tests corner cases.
  • Willingness and desire to learn science programming languages if not already proficient (Python, Fortran, IDL, Matlab).
  • Amazon Web Services or equivalent cloud computing experience in previous job (e.g., migrating data, automating tasks, designing distributed systems, etc.)

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $101,300.00 - $157,000.00.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

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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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