Lead Systems Engineer

Job title: Lead Systems Engineer

Company: Berkeley Lab

Job description: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s ( ) Division has an opening for a Lead Systems Engineer to join the team.

In this exciting role, you will support , a next generation cosmic microwave background experiment, in the . is a combined National Science Foundation/Department of Energy (NSF/DOE) project to build more than 20 radio telescopes at the South Pole and in Chile incorporating highly sensitive superconducting cameras with sub-Kelvin detectors. CMB-S4 is designed to examine the inflationary model of our universe and will determine fundamental cosmic parameters, e.g. masses of neutrinos, the nature of dark energy, and general relativity on a large scale.

What You Will Do:

  • Lead the systems engineering effort for all the elements of CMB-S4, including telescope, detector, instrument control, data acquisition, and data management systems, as well as the infrastructure at the telescope deployment sites.
  • Serve as the Systems engineering functions for a cross-functional and geographically dispersed project team including engineers and scientists.
  • Develop, identify, document, and manage requirements and interfaces through their life-cycle, using the Jama Software requirements management tool.
  • Clearly communicate about project technical status, issues, and successes with project teams and senior management.
  • Manage and document the technical baseline, requirements, interfaces, technical resource budgets, verification, and validation among other systems engineering roles.
  • Coordinate presentations at meetings of appropriate committees.
  • Oversee preparations for reviews; organize and conduct technical reviews.
  • Coordinate with EHS and management on work safety and ensure that safety considerations are properly implemented in requirements and verification plans.
  • Help recruit, hire, organize, and manage technical staff.
  • Represent the Laboratory to the outside world in engineering through, for example, participation in design reviews, workshops, and conferences.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Author or contribute to conference presentations and publications.

What is Required:

  • Advanced degree in Engineering or related field or overall equivalent experience. 8-10 years of relevant experience or equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge.
  • Technical leadership experience with multi-disciplinary, widely-distributed team members and institutions.
  • Demonstrated systems engineering experience, preferably including the construction of scientific instruments.
  • Proven record of accomplishment of successfully performing systems engineering functions on complex, multi-discipline, engineering projects.
  • Ability to exercise, sound engineering judgment and decision making with a wide range in scope, analytical ability, and evidence of strong written and verbal technical communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to make independent decisions and lead other scientists and engineers in defining goals and implementing activities to realize the goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective engineering direction and judgment for developmental work and to creatively resolve complex technical problems.
  • Ability to interface and work within a large diverse team and help manage technical activities at other institutions.
  • Excellent technical communication skills.
  • Organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple competing priorities and projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to make accurate manpower, time, and expense estimates for completion of projects.
  • Well versed in CAD and other engineering tools.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Engineering or Physics and extensive experience with scientific construction projects.
  • Combined experiences in engineering design and systems design of scientific projects.
  • A systems’ engineering background in fields related to telescope or vacuum cryostat systems.


  • This is a full-time, career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click to view the poster and supplement: “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.”

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

Expected salary:

Location: California

Job date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 23:41:47 GMT

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