LSST Telescope and Site Project Scientist - JRID47388

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June 30, 2014
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June 30, 2014
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Scientific/Technical Staff
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The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), the National Solar Observatory, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope's Telescope and Site (T&S) group is searching for a Project Scientist.

The Telescope and Site (T&S) Project Scientist is the lead scientist in the team responsible for the design, development, fabrication, construction, testing and commissioning of the LSST Telescope and Site subsystem. The T&S Project Scientist has the responsibility for ensuring that the design and performance of the Telescope hardware and software systems is optimized to meet the scientific objectives of the LSST.  The T&S Project Scientist ensures correct specification of telescope  related scientific requirements and proper translation of those requirements into derived subsystem technology requirements and ultimately, into implemented solutions.  The T&S Project Scientist works with the T&S Project Manger and T&S Systems Engineer to ensure that the Telescope subsystems are properly scoped and integrated within the overall LSST system.  The T&S Project Scientist has primary responsibility for the quantitative modeling and understanding of the as-built telescope and site subsystem, and for working with the LSST Systems Scientist to integrate that understanding into the system-level modeling of the overall LSST.  The T&S Project Scientist is a member of the LSST Project Science Team (PST), providing expert scientific knowledge of telescope and site characteristics for PST deliberations.  This position reports to the LSST Director but takes direction from the LSST Project Manager and the LSST Project Scientist, and works closely with the LSST T&S Project Manager. The LSST T&S group is part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and this position includes NOAO scientific affiliation.

Essential Functions:

• Understand and support the LSST scientific requirements and mission.
• Represent the Telescope and Site Group within the LSST scientific community.
• Understand the overall LSST project and system critical performance and quality indicators and parameters and ensure support of relevant parameters on all Telescope and Site initiatives.
• Participate in the implementation of technology solutions that satisfy the Telescope subsystem requirements and architecture.
• Technical capability in simulation, active optics and wavefront sensing, and/or observatory control would be beneficial.
• Participate in the integration of the Telescope subsystems on the summit and participate in commissioning of subsystems to support the overall Project.
• Work with Project Systems Engineering during the system integration and science verification phase.
• Support the review of all T&S technical work products for completeness and correctness by appropriately qualified subject matter experts (e.g. astronomers, engineers).
• Create estimates and assist in planning for all Telescope and Site scientific and technical activities.
• Provide status and reporting to the Telescope Project Manager on all scientific and technical activities.
• Maintain an active scientific interest in selected scientific investigations enabled by LSST, and participate in scientific research related to LSST at a level not to exceed 20% time.


• Ph.D. in Astronomy or closely related physical science or Master’s degree plus the recognition and achievement of technical, scientific and leadership excellence in the field.
• Record of research publications in refereed journals in astronomy or related scientific disciplines.
• Demonstrated expertise in technical management of hardware projects.
• At least ten years professional experience in the development of instrumentation and/or telescope subsystems for astronomical observatories.
• At least three years experience in managing science or technical staff.
• Demonstrated professional level writing and verbal skills.
• Able to speak and write effectively, including preparation of comprehensive technical reports.
• Able to effectively communicate and cooperate with others at all levels of the organization, as well as with key business contacts outside the Project. • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All complete applications received by June 30, 2014 will be given full consideration.

AURA/NOAO/LSST 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.

Included Benefits: 

AURA provides a generous compensation package including health coverage, paid time off and retirement benefits.