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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: March 19, 2021
The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at UC Berkeley is one of the very few higher education institutions with our own Multi-mission Operations Center (MOC), where our operators are currently managing telemetry and operations for several NASA scientific research satellites. SSL has implemented a fully integrated and highly automated ground data system supporting mission and science operations, mission design, navigation, and ground station operations. Our mission controllers are experts in the spacecraft and instruments they operate, working closely with principal investigators and science teams to configure and maintain the orbiting spacecraft and deliver science data to the ground. Our flight dynamics engineers perform a wide variety of highly skilled tasks, including spacecraft flight operations, mission planning, navigation, and data processing.
Under supervision provides mission operations support for ongoing projects.
Generates and analyzes orbit and attitude determination solutions and mission planning products.
Provides spacecraft maneuver planning, analysis, and calibrations for missions with propulsive capabilities.
Under guidance of managers and principle investigators designs, develops, modifies, debugs and evaluates flight dynamics and navigation systems that are part of the multi-mission operations system and its components.
Provides support for mission design, flight dynamics, and navigation analyses for future proposals and projects in prelaunch phases.
Writes, analyzes, prepares and summarizes operational procedures and reports.
Interacts with outside collaborators at NASA, other universities, and in the aerospace industry to develop and maintain the mission operations system.
Participates in formal project review processes.
Requires thorough knowledge of Python, MATLAB, and/or IDL programming languages.
Requires knowledge of spacecraft flight dynamics, navigation, astrodynamics, and trajectory design techniques.
Experience with Mission Analysis, Operations, and Navigation Toolkit Environment (MONTE), General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT), or other related mission design and trajectory analysis software systems.
Must be able to qualify for access to export controlled information.
Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Demonstrated ability to communicate, or present in a formal setting, technical information to technical and nontechnical personnel at various levels in the organization.
Demonstrated software repository skills using SVN or GIT.
Proficiency using LINUX based operating systems.
Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Salary & Benefits
This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a full-time, Career position.
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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