DKIST Data Center Project Manager

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory (NSO), Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

The National Solar Observatory (NSO), Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) Program is seeking a Data Center Project Manager to be responsible for the implementation and delivery of its Data Center. This position will be located in Boulder. The DKIST is currently under construction in Maui, Hawaii on the summit of Haleakala and scheduled for completion in 2019. The DKIST, will be the world's largest most advanced solar telescope and will help resolve the fundamental interactions between solar magnetic fields and the dynamic atmospheric plasma on scales below 0.1 arcsec over entire active regions. 


The incumbent will be responsible for the implementation and delivery of its Data Center. When built, the Data Center will comprise tens of petabytes of data that are managed, processed, and distributed by a modern microservices architecture, and will be the key interface providing DKIST data to the scientific community. A growing team of highly-skilled engineers and scientists are implementing the software and systems comprising this critical DKIST function, and the Project Manager will provide budget, schedule, and risk management, monitoring, and control in support of their efforts. In addition, the Project Manager will plan and coordinate the acceptance of the Data Center into DKIST in concert with the team and the DKIST Director. The Project Manager will also lead and/or contribute to upcoming programmatic reviews, and report on Data Center progress to key stakeholders and stakeholder groups as needed. The Project Manager will plan and execute the operations phase of the data center and a phased transition from data center implementation to full operations.

Essential Duties

  • Budget maintenance, forecasting, and reporting
  • High-level schedule management and integration with Agile development team
  • Risk definition, assessment, and treatment
  • Ensure requests to change budget, schedule, and scope are properly handled and communicated
  • Continued engagement with DKIST Construction project, and assurance of Data Center deliverables are appropriately integrated
  • Contribute to definition of long term NSO “big data” strategies



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible project management experience
  • Experience working with Agile software development and DevOps teams
  • Demonstrable experience generating detailed cost estimates for software development, QA, and deployment labor from technical designs and architecture
  • Familiarity with industry hardware and software roadmaps
  • Demonstrable risk management and analysis expertise
  • Experience planning system acceptance and testing for software projects
  • Experience planning for operational status
  • Ability to bridge competing views while being decisive
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with highly-skilled, experienced software engineers, architects, QA engineers, and other technical staff
  • Understanding of software architecture, microservices, DevOps, open-source software


  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Advanced degree in science or engineering
  • Prior experience working in astronomy, science, or engineering organizations
  • Experience with function point analysis

Please list 3 professional references in your application and attach a CV or resume to your application.  Should you have any questions, please contact

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NSO will accept and review applications until the position is filled. Please be sure to submit a completed application along with supporting documents by no later than October 5th 2018 to be considered in the first review.


Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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