The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Solar Observatory) in the USA and Chile under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. The NSO has an immediate opening for a Data Center Development Project Manager. This position will be based in Boulder, Colorado, and will manage the specification, design and implementation of a modern data center supporting the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) operations based on top-level specifications provided by the Data Center Scientist and approved by the ATST Director. This position is expected to manage a merger of the ATST Data Center activities and the currently stably operating NSO Integrated Synoptic Program (NISP) data pipelines at the appropriate time as determined by the NSO Director. Close coordination with the NISP program is required.
The ATST Data Center PM is responsible for the development and management of: data archiving for the ATST, including access, distribution, provisioning and operation; reduction pipeline infrastructure implementation and technical operation; computing platform definition, acquisition, and operation; network provisioning to the external community and between NSO sites; and will have primary responsibility for all user facing software.
The ATST Data Center PM will report to the ATST Project Director. Other responsibilities include hardware and software development/implementation of the Data Center, along with the facility, utility, network infrastructure development required to support the ATST; finalizing the data center technical requirements, which flow from the scientific systems requirements, and developing design specifications required to meet observatory and user needs; generating specifications and statements of work for the design activities and providing updates to the schedule planning and costs.
The ATST Data Center PM will work closely with the relevant ATST and NISP science and software teams and engineers, taking into account existing relevant data center efforts, such as NISP, SDO, Hinode. The post holder is expected to have domain expertise/knowledge within one or more of the critical technology areas of the data center (archiving, science reduction pipelines, etc).
Applicants must have: a degree in management, engineering, science, another closely related field, or equivalent experience; a proven record and demonstrated ability to manage and deliver outcomes in medium to large complex software infrastructure projects; demonstrated knowledge of the management of systems engineering based projects; demonstrated technical knowledge in one or more of the critical technology areas of data archiving, science reduction pipelines, network systems and infrastructure, buildings, etc.; strong ability to work with staff and teams; membership of or eligibility for membership of, recognized national and international project management institutes. Must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with internal and external contacts at all organizational levels.
Review of applications will begin 12/01/2013, and continue until the position is filled.
AURA is an affirmative action & equal opportunity employer. AURA actively supports efforts to broaden participation in all Observatory activities. Women and candidates from under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.