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Job Details

Number: 1742

Title: Integration and Test Lead

Type: Full time, professional.

Location: GMT Project Office, Pasadena CA

Background:
This exciting job opportunity is with the GMTO (Giant Magellan Telescope Organization) located in Pasadena, California. The GMT is being developed by a group of leading university and research centers from across the globe. The GMTO Corporation has been formed to design, construct and operate the GMT Observatory which will be located in the Andean mountains at Las Campanas Peak in Chile. The GMT is the next generation astronomical observatory with the capability to have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. The project is entering the formal construction phase with scientific operations expected to begin in 2021-2022.

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The successful candidate will be an employee of the GMTO Corporation and must be able to meet pre-employment requirements including any background and reference checks and the successful candidate must be a US citizen or eligible to work in the United States and at least 18 years of age. GMTO provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.

Job Summary:
The Systems Engineering Group located at the GMTO in Pasadena, CA is pursuing a highly qualified Integration and Test (I&T) Lead engineer to work on the detailed design of the Giant Magellan Telescope and ancillary hardware.
Under minimal supervision and reporting to the Systems Engineering Lead, the I&T Lead will prepare observatory level test requirements, level alignment plans, provide inputs to the observatory system to incorporate interfaces and features necessary to meet alignment and test requirements and develop and maintain alignment tolerance analysis.
This position also requires for preparing the observatory integration plans and process flows for all delivered observatory subsystems; telescope assembly, primary mirrors, adaptive optics and metrology subsystems, science instruments, & dome facility. Working with System Engineering, assure that requirements and interfaces are verified on major and subsystem hardware and lead a integrated product team to design, develop and document telescope integration, alignment and test plans. Due to the vast and varying types of work requirements this position will require the I&T Lead to have the ability to be flexible, working with other designers, engineers and teams that require assistance.
The I&T Lead Engineer will write programmatic and technical reports and make presentations in their area of responsibility at project meetings, reviews, and conferences.
This position will require travel to various GMTO member locations vendor premises, and the GMT site in Chile.

Job Duties:
• Create observatory-level test requirements, level alignment plans and develop and maintain alignment tolerance analysis
• Create observatory integration plans and process flows for all delivered observatory subsystem, e.g. telescope assembly, primary mirrors, adaptive optics, metrology subsystems, science instruments, dome facility, etc.
• Provide input to observatory systems to incorporate interfaces and features necessary to meet alignment and test requirements
• Define scope of required I&T support hardware and software test scripts
• Verify I&T plans are complete and consistent with the Observatory Verification Plan and present Observatory I&T plans for design milestone reviews
• Work with Systems Engineering to assure that requirements and interfaces are verified on delivered observatory subsystems, e.g., telescope assembly, primary mirrors, adaptive optics, metrology subsystems, science instruments, dome facility, etc.
• Lead design and development of I&T support hardware and software test scripts
• Prepare test procedures and reports
• Execute I&T plans and adjust plans as required
• Lead an integrated product team to design, develop and document telescope integration, alignment and test plans for major design reviews

Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
• Minimum of a M.S. in Physics, Electrical, Optical Sciences or related engineering degree with a minimum of 8 years with observatory and instrument operations in the use and operation of large ground based observatories or space-based astronomical research telescopes and the use of astronomical adaptive optics, optical/IR, infrared astronomical instrumentation, systems and subsystems
• Significant experience in telescope systems and operations, scientific instruments, creating test requirements, develop integration plans, mission operations and architecture, and meeting system verification plans of a large observatory
• Experience leading a team and resolving complex issues on large telescopes, managing and commissioning of major telescope systems and subsystems
• Ability to manage the technical performance of large telescope systems and document system performance
• Excellent verbal, presentation and writing skills utilizing software programs to create test procedures, integration, verification and operation plans, create process flows
• Previous experience presenting reports and providing documentation for design reviews
• Previous experience working as a member of a project team with engineers, scientists and scientific personnel
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills: well organized, reliable, and proactive in dealing with others
• Demonstrated ability to be flexible in an environment of changing priorities and working on multiple areas of the project
• Flexibility to work outside of core business hours and travel to the GMTO member locations, vendor premises and spend substantial time at the GMT site in Chile when necessary to accomplish goals. Ability to work at an altitude of 8000 feet for extended periods

Desirable Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
• PhD in Physics, Electrical, Optical Sciences or related engineering degree with a minimum of 8 years of post-doctoral experience with observatory and instrument operations in the use and operation of large ground based observatories or space-based astronomical research telescopes and the use of astronomical adaptive optics, optical/IR, infrared astronomical instrumentation, systems and subsystems

Applying:
Applicants should send a Letter of Interest and a Resume to careers@gmto.org.
Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please refer to the Job Number in the letter and in the email subject line.
GMTO is an equal opportunity employer.