Integration & Test Lead Engineer

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Publish Date: 
Monday, May 23, 2022
Archive Date: 
Monday, June 20, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
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Street Line 1: 
465 N Halstead st
Street Line 2: 
Suite 250
United States of America
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The Giant Magellan Telescope is the most powerful ground-based telescope ever engineered. It was designed to push the boundaries of human knowledge and discover the unknown. With unmatched image quality, seven of the world’s largest mirrors will launch our view into the universe to uncover the cosmic mysteries of dark matter, investigate the origins of chemical elements, and search for signs of life on distant exoplanets for the first time.

The 30-meter class telescope is under construction at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert, one of the best locations on Earth to view the heavens. From this unrivaled vantage into the southern sky, the Giant Magellan Telescope will produce the sharpest and most detailed images ever taken of our universe, ten times greater than the famed Hubble Space Telescope and four times the James Webb Space Telescope.

When complete in the late 2020s, the Giant Magellan Telescope will be the largest public-private funded science project in history. The endeavor was founded by an international consortium of leading universities and research institutions representing five countries, and is managed by the GMTO Corporation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Pasadena, California. Our culture is impactful, inclusive, and fearlessly innovative. We solve the most difficult engineering challenges and scientific questions with talented individuals who share a passion for revolutionizing humanity’s knowledge of the universe.

We invite you to join our team and leave your mark on astronomy’s future and beyond.

The Universe Awaits.



  • Create observatory-level test requirements and integration plans
  • Create observatory integration plans and process flows for all delivered observatory subsystem, e.g., telescope assembly, primary mirrors, adaptive optics, metrology subsystems, science instruments, etc.
  • Provide input to observatory systems to incorporate interfaces and features necessary to meet integration and test requirements
  • Define scope of required I&T support hardware and software test scripts
  • Verify I&T plans are complete and consistent with the Observatory Verification Plan and present Observatory I&T plans for design milestone reviews
  • Work with Systems Engineering to assure that requirements and interfaces are verified on delivered observatory subsystems, e.g., telescope assembly, primary mirrors, adaptive optics, metrology subsystems, science instruments, etc.
  • Lead design and development of I&T support hardware and software test scripts
  • Prepare test procedures and reports
  • Execute I&T plans and adjust plans as required
  • Lead an integrated product team to design, develop and document telescope integration and test plans for major design reviews



  • M.S. in Physics, Electrical, Optical Sciences, Mechanical or related engineering degree
  • Minimum of 8 years relevant experience, which could include: observatory and instrument operations, use and operation of large ground-based observatories, space-based astronomical research telescopes, the development and commissioning of astronomical adaptive optics, instruments, systems, and subsystems.
  • Significant experience in telescope systems and operations, scientific instruments, creating test requirements, developing integration plans, mission operations and architecture, and meeting system verification plans of a large observatory
  • Experience leading a team and resolving complex issues on large telescopes, managing and commissioning of major telescope systems and subsystems
  • Ability to manage the technical performance of large telescope systems and document system performance
  • Ability to utilize software programs to create test procedures, integration, verification and operation plans and create process flows
  • Excellent verbal, presentation and writing skills, particularly related to the production and presentation of reports and documentation for design reviews
  • Previous experience working as a member of a project team with engineers, scientists and scientific personnel
  • Organizational and interpersonal skills, particularly being reliable and proactive in dealing with others
  • Ability to be flexible in an environment of changing priorities and working on multiple areas of the project



  • PhD in Physics, Electrical, Optical Sciences or related engineering degree
  • A minimum of 8 years of post-doctoral experience with observatory and instrument operations in the use and operation of large ground-based observatories or space-based astronomical research telescopes and the use of astronomical adaptive optics, optical/IR, infrared astronomical instrumentation, systems and subsystems



Medical insurance

Vision insurance

Dental insurance

Disability insurance




To apply send your resume and a cover letter to [email protected].

If your skills and experience are a match for the position or if we need additional information, we will contact you. If we do not see a suitable match between your qualifications and the position, we will keep your information on file in the event future positions become available that are more suitable to your qualifications.

The GMTO Corporation is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 20, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, June 20, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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