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UC Berkeley currently operates multiple research spacecraft in Earth and lunar orbits from its Mission Operations System (UCB-MOS) at the Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL), consisting of the Multi-Mission Operations Center (MOC), the Science Operations Center (SOC) and the Berkeley Ground Station (BGS). Eleven NASA spacecraft have been supported to date including the recently launched Ionospheric Connection Explorer ICON. NASA has not given this level of full responsibility for operations of national orbiting assets at a combined value of more than $500M to any other university. The SSL operations team, consisting of 20 aerospace engineers and programmers/analysts that performs a wide variety of highly skilled tasks, including spacecraft flight operations, mission planning, executing on-orbit maneuvers, space navigation, ground data systems design and implementation, and science data recovery and processing. Communications with the orbiting spacecraft are established via a local 11-m S-band tracking and data acquisition station, as well as a complex network of satellite ground stations around the world.
The Director of Operations manages the UCB Mission Operations System and has overall responsibility to NASA for the success of multiple spacecraft programs during the pre-launch, launch, and on-orbit operations phases. He or she shall represent the UCB-MOS to NASA, other international space agencies, SSL, UC, and the public.
This position involves leading a team of engineers to design, develop, integrate and test ground data systems, including those for processing data from scientific instruments aboard a spacecraft, and highly complex software systems for satellite command and control. The Director of Operations manages a team of aerospace engineers participating in integration and testing of spacecraft science instruments, coordinates their launch and operation in orbit, and ensures spacecraft and on-board instruments are operated safely and to fulfill mission science requirements. The Director of Operations maintains UCB-MOS certification and good standing with NASA, plans for future upgrades or capability expansions to maintain relevancy of the MOS.
The Director of Operations:
Oversees the design of spacecraft ground data systems and their implementation, testing, configuration control, documentation (e.g mission operations procedures) and operation during the pre-launch, launch and on-orbit phases.
Secures trained staff and develops facilities; develops and manages spacecraft operations plans and procedures; oversees the MOS team and spacecraft contractors in support of on-orbit science operations.
Directs the MOS in its collaborations among diverse groups such as other government agencies, commercial, national and international partners on new and ongoing space mission projects.
Develops complete work plans and budgets, monitoring cost and schedule performance. Ensures all operations objectives of projects are met through subordinate managers.
Leads negotiations with NASA in the establishment of ground rules for operating space missions and defining the technical relationship between NASA and the Campus.
As needed to meet NASA requirements: implements risk management procedures, identifies scheduled critical paths, coordinates trade studies, and leads operations-related reviews.
Works with Principal Investigators to develop new NASA mission concepts and proposals. Provides guidance and direction for the achievement of career objectives by MOS personnel.
Advises senior management on controversial situations, customer negotiations, and interaction with government agencies.
Develops and implements plans for continuous modernization (upgrades and/or expansion of capabilities)
Represents the UCB-MOS at technical conferences and workshops.
In-depth technical knowledge of spacecraft operations and ground data systems. In-depth knowledge of managing all aspects of spacecraft operations.
Highly experienced in spacecraft operations projects and operations management.
Advanced expertise in mission operations system engineering such as needed to understand the complex interaction between space and ground systems, and space navigation.
Advanced skills in collaborating among multiple organizations, including commercial, national, and international partners.
Advanced skills to coordinate all aspects of operations development. Ability to conduct engineering trade studies.
Capacity to lead a project operations team, from junior levels to senior field experts. Ability to secure funding from outside sources.
Demonstrated ability to lead a technical spaceflight project, meeting milestones on schedule and budget during the pre-launch, launch and operations phases of a spacecraft mission.
In-depth knowledge of US and international licensing and procedures related to spacecraft spectrum allocations.
Reputation for being current of the field (e.g. publications, conference participation). Meticulously organized, including as pertains to documentation.
Doctorate or advanced degree with post-graduate work in related field (Physics, Astrophysics, Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related field) and/or equivalent experience.
Salary & Benefits
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