Observatory Software Project Manager

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
TMT Internatonal Observatory, LLC
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project has been established to design, build and eventually operate an Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) with a primary mirror diameter of 30 meters. ELT’s will be the successors of the present day 8-10 meter world class telescopes. When complete the TMT will be the largest ground based optical/infrared telescope in the northern hemisphere providing the capability to study exciting astronomical problems from the nature of extra-solar planets to the first stars in the universe. An international collaboration consisting of the University of California, the California Institute of Technology, Canada, Japan, India, and China has been formed to deliver this exciting project.
The TMT project recently entered construction and will be completed and ready for science operations in 2028. The TMT project office is located in Pasadena, CA, USA. The design and construction of the various telescope systems will be distributed amongst the TMT partner institutions, collaborators, industry, and the Project Office.

Job Summary
The Observatory Software (OSW) Project Manager will be a key member of the project team and will report to the head of the Design of Operations group (DEOPS). The initial work location for this position will be at the TMT Project Office in Pasadena, California. The development of OSW software is based in India, and management of OSW software is shared between the Project Office and the India partner institutions. Significant travel is expected as part of this position including trips to India during construction, and the observatory site during the integration and commissioning phase of the project.

The OSW effort provides a wide range of critical configuration-controlled software for observatory operations, including science operations support software and the software infrastructure that integrates and controls all telescope and instrument systems. Science operations software includes proposal and observation planning tools, observation execution and visualization software, data handling and management, and telescope/instrument-observing user interfaces. The software infrastructure also includes the common infrastructure software shared across all systems and the development of all observation execution sequences. The architecture and design of the software system has been established and reviewed. During construction each subsystem will have a final design phase with reviews, followed by implementation.

Job Duties
The following is a list of job duties, qualifications and skills for the OSW Project Manager.

  • Develop and implement India-based Observatory Software work packages and contracts including statements of work, budgets, and schedules.
  • Advise and monitor the technical and programmatic progress of the Observatory Software work packages and contracts in terms of performance, schedule, cost, risk, and earned value.
  • Work with and support managers of work packages of TMT subsystems that include software to ensure successful delivery and integration of all software into one system.
  • Manage the Observatory Software development team at the TMT Project Office.
  • Work with the Software Architect to create and manage an integrated software development plan and schedule that includes all OSW software.
  • Lead the staff of the TMT Software Test and Integration Laboratory in the acceptance, testing and integration of software from the TMT project partners.
  • Support the development and maintenance of software requirements and interfaces between OSW and other TMT subsystems.
  • Work with System Engineering to implement TMT agile-based software development processes, quality assurance, and system engineering practices into the development of TMT software,
  • Manage the OSW Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) effort at the TMT Observatory site.
  • Provide input into planning for early operations with respect to OSW.
  • Support the TMT Observatory Scientist and TMT Project Manager in other project assignments as needed.
  • Facilitate communication between the OSW team and other software stakeholders across the TMT project.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • An advanced degree in a scientific, system engineering, management, or computer science discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience of successfully leading and delivering technically and programmatically complex software projects, through management of schedules, budgets, resource plans and risks.
  • Successful experience in leading internationally distributed technical teams and ability to travel frequently to partner institutions and vendors involved in OSW development.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in leading and managing software development teams using agile processes.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience with software development including all aspects of the software lifecycle: management, architecture, design, code, test, integration, and maintenance.
  • Familiarity with modern software development tools and practices including distributed configuration control, software testing, and continuous integration.
  • Extensive first hand experience with one or more aspects of large telescope operations including control systems, science data management, archives, proposal planning, telescope scheduling, or data processing.
  • Self-motivated and capable to perform and deliver with minimal direction.
  • Demonstrated use of “soft skills” such as interpersonal and communication skills and a strong sense of team spirit.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate clear and concise technical documents and presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly present technical and programmatic information in meetings, reviews, and conferences.

Desired Qualifications and Skills

  • Ability to contribute technically in one or more areas of OSW.
  • Basic technical knowledge and experience with TMT tools including: Linux, Scala/Java, modern web application tools, relational and NoSQL databases, and browser-based user interfaces.

Applications received by March 16, 2018 will be given priority and receive full attention of the selection committee.

TMT is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Included Benefits: 

TMT offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including impressive retirement plans.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Christophe Dumas
Observatory Scientist
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Magnolia Ycasas
Observatory Scientist