Senior Project Manager / Technical Director - JRID46020

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
October 31, 2013
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
November 30, 2013
Job Details
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution/Company Name: 
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik / Heidelberg
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Werner Hofmann
Prof. Dr.
Max Planck Institut fuer Kernpyhsik
Street Address Line 1: 
Saupfercheckweg 1
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Job Announcement Text: 

CTA – the Cherenkov Telescope Array – is a multinational project to construct a world-wide unique large-scale infrastructure for astronomy at very high ener-gies of the electromagnetic spectrum, in the Teraelectronvolt domain. CTA will consist of over 100 Cherenkov telescopes of 23-m, 12-m and 5-m dish size located at two sites in the Northern and the Southern hemisphere. Cherenkov telescopes combine relatively low-cost optical mirrors with very fast (nanosecond) focal plane image recording systems with typically 2000 pixels per telescope, with associated electronics, control and software systems.  Across the world, 28 countries are engaged in the CTA project, with over 1000 scientists and engineers from over 180 research institutes. The project is listed on the ESFRI roadmap of future European research infrastructures, is highly ranked on national and community roadmaps, and is supported by the European Commission. The total investment volume for CTA is estimated to be 200 M€. Approval of CTA construction is anticipated in late 2014 or in 2015; some countries are already committed to contributing significantly to CTA construction. CTA is a cooperative project; the bulk of telescope components and associated software will be provided as in-kind contributions by participating institutes and research organizations. The CTA Observatory will be operated as an open observatory, on the basis of peer-reviewed observation proposals.
CTA is currently in its preproduction phase, preparing the final design of the instrument and of the site infrastructure. The preproduction phase is centrally coordinated by the CTA Project Office located at Landessternwarte Heidelberg / Germany. The construction phase is expected to last from 2015 to 2019. More information about the project can be found under

The CTA Project is seeking a
Senior Project Manager/
Technical Director
with outstanding management abilities, for overall management of the prepro-duction phase and ideally later of the implementation of the CTA telescope array, providing a solid basis for the final approval of the project by the funding agencies, and ensuring that the instrument can be realized within a realistic schedule and cost, meeting the required high standards for reliability and performance.

Responsibilities of the Project Manager include
 Leading the central project management of all technical aspects of the   CTA Observatory
 Leading, organizing and managing the growing technical team at the Pro-ject Office
 Defining the overall procurement policy and, in particular, defining and specifying the in-kind contributed components
 Completing, maintaining and monitoring of project plans including WBS, milestones and detailed project schedules, cost estimates, etc.
 Implementing, as needed, further project management tools
 Supervising and further implementing quality assurance processes, sys-tem engineering and documentation management
 Implementing and supervising project risk management
 Preparation of site infrastructure implementation
Required qualification
 Relevant project management experience
 Track record for successfully managing infrastructure design and con-struction and/or challenging technical/R&D projects, ideally in the field of basic research
 Excellent communication skills required to work within a complex inter-national partnership, and team spirit
 Strong ability to lead, supervise, coordinate and evaluate staff with di-verse cultural backgrounds
 Hands-on experience in the use of standard project management systems and tools
 Fluency in English (oral and written); all project communication is in English
The position is initially offered for 2 years, and is open from January 2014. Sub-ject to performance and approval of CTA construction funding, employment may be renewed for a longer-term appointment. Employment is initially based in Heidelberg, Germany, but will require frequent travel, in Europe and beyond. The location of the final CTA headquarter, including the project office, is not yet determined; the HQ is anticipated to become active during 2015. Salary is based upon qualifications and assigned duties, in principle in the frame of the civil servants in Germany. Other contractual forms are conceivable.
The CTA Project Office is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women. Persons with disabilities will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants.
For further information, contact Werner Hofmann, CTA Spokesperson,, +49 6221 516 330
To apply, please send your letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, addresses of referees and copies of documents considered relevant to this application by email to Werner Hofmann, Interested parties should establish contact a.s.a.p, interviews are expected to start in late October.