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GLIDE Payload Specialist ( Associate/ Full ) - Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 3, 2022
Title GLIDE Payload Specialist ( Associate/ Full ) - Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 03/31/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

GLIDE Payload Specialist ( Associate/ Full ) - Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley

Position overview
Position title: GLIDE Payload Specialist Salary range: Commensurate with experience Percent time: 100 Anticipated start: Feb 1, 2023 Position duration: 1 year appointment, with potential 2-3 year reappointment Application Window

Open date: November 1, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Jan 16, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Mar 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

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.

Position Overview:

The specialist positions( 2 open positions) engage in activities that support the test and delivery of UV imaging instruments for spaceflight missions. The incumbents work with scientists and engineers developing flight hardware to evaluate and report performance of subsystems and systems through the steps of instrument design, review, procurement, assembly, test and delivery. The specialists contribute to reports and publications of design, lab test and performance results, flight performance results and scientific results and participate in development of new instrument concepts.

Summary of Responsibilities:
  • Prepare and operate vacuum systems for NASA flight instruments and missions, handling spaceflight hardware in clean rooms, observing NASA safety and Class 10k clean room requirements in a team with minimal supervision.
  • Develop, implement, and report on calibration and test procedures for UV instruments.
  • Analyze ground calibration and test data, to verify payload performance in UV vs. requirements prior to delivery.
  • Support planning for and then perform analysis of flight calibration data.
  • Publish results in SPIE or other related instrument journals. Examples of missions in work are GLIDE and MUVI.
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree and 5 years of professional/ laboratory experience.
Master's degree or international equivalent plus 3 years of professional/laboratory experience.

Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree and 10 years of professional /laboratory experience.
Master's degree or international equivalent plus 8 years of professional/laboratory experience.
PhD or international equivalent international degree plus 2 years of professional/laboratory experience.
Preferred qualifications
  • Masters or Ph.D. or equivalent International degree in Physics, Aerospace Engineering, or related fields.
  • 10 years experience in laboratory experiments including vacuum and UV or other photometric sources.
  • Record of Publication in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
Application Requirements
Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

  • Statement of Research (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists
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