Mechanical Engineering Manager - JRID45301

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August 31, 2013
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August 31, 2013
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Science Engineering
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National Optical Astronomy Observatory
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The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) is seeking a Mechanical Engineering Manager for its mechanical engineering group in Tucson, Arizona.

The successful candidate will lead the mechanical engineering group during the deployment of a major new astronomy and astrophysics experiment on the 4-meter telescope located on Kitt Peak (near Tucson). The project, known as the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Investigation (DESI), consists of a massively multiplexed fiber optic spectrograph to be deployed at the prime focus of the telescope. DESI will be built by a team from the Department of Energy, together with US and international collaborators, and NOAO will be responsible for installing and then operating the instrument for a five-year scientific program.

In addition to playing a critical role in this major project, the successful candidate will manage NOAO's Tucson-based mechanical engineering group. The mechanical engineering group is responsible for supporting the operation, maintenance and repair of telescopes and instruments on Kitt Peak that are operated by NOAO. A significant fraction of the group's activities take place on-site at Kitt Peak.

The mechanical engineering manager will be responsible for:
• Participation in DESI planning and development, followed by a lead role in the installation of DESI components at the Mayall 4-m telescope on Kitt Peak
• Planning the mechanical engineering group's activities, including responses to emergencies
• Oversight of preventive maintenance on the NOAO-operated telescopes on Kitt Peak
• Planning, design and execution of maintenance and upgrade projects
• Safe handling of telescope optics and other large mechanical assemblies
• Coordination of efforts with the other engineering, technical and operational groups in Tucson and on Kitt Peak
• Supervision, training and other development of mechanical engineering group staff

Candidates for the position must have at least a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field, plus a minimum of five years of relevant engineering experience, which must include at least two years in a managerial capacity, ideally in an observatory or comparable operations environment. This experience must include a demonstrated ability to plan and lead the execution of large or medium-sized projects.

NOAO and Kitt Peak are operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) under a cooperative agreement from the National Science Foundation. AURA operates observatory centers (including NOAO, the National Solar Observatory, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile.

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AURA is an affirmative action & equal opportunity employer. AURA/NOAO actively support efforts to broaden participation in all Observatory activities. Women and candidates from under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Preference granted to qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O'odham reservation.

Included Benefits: 

AURA/NOAO is committed to provide a comprehensive employee benefit program which includes:
• Medical, Dental & Voluntary Vision Insurance
• Health Savings Account (HSA)
• Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
• 401(a) & 403(b) Retirement Savings Plans
• Group Life & Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
• Voluntary Term Life & Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
• Short & Long Term Disability
• Life Assistance Program
• Tuition Reimbursement
• Pet Health Care Discount Program
• Sick Leave
• Vacation Leave