Program Manager, Optical Instrumentation

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Macquarie University
New South Wales
Job Announcement Text: 

AAO Macquarie (Australian Astronomical Optics)

From 1 July 2018, the Instrumentation group of the Australian Astronomical Observatory will be joining Macquarie University.

AAO-Macquarie is coming with a new vision and an exciting agenda for transformation – in both scale and efficiency. As part of its expansive new vision, AAO-Macquarie’s team of experts will build on the University’s existing strengths in astronomy, photonics, laser technology, microfabrication, applied optics and sensing communications, with the aim of increasing industry engagement, identifying opportunities to apply AAO-Macquarie’s expertise to medicine and defence, and expanding its presence in the fields of optics and sensing, in addition to the ongoing mission of world-leading excellence in astronomical instrumentation.

The Role

Reporting to the Professor of Optical Instrumentation, the newly created role of Program Manager will lead a team of project specialists and managers in delivering a suite of innovative and highly specialised astronomical instrumentation projects.

Additionally, the Program Manager will be responsible for:

  • Driving best practice in the delivery and oversight of large-scale long-term instrumentation projects including project management methodology, systems engineering, quality control, and risk management
  • Building and managing relationships with clients, internal and external stakeholders including managing high value and/or high risk contracts with clients or vendors
  • Developing business cases for resources, operational improvements, facilities, and infrastructure to enhance operations and ensure AAO-Macquarie is at the forefront of innovation and technology application
  • Overseeing and managing the resource allocation matrix and the process of allocating staff to projects, and monitoring and reporting on this allocation
  • Promoting a culture of excellence and outstanding service across the technical team

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Applications Close on Sunday 29 July 2018 at 11:55pm EST

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Jon Lawrence
Professor of Optical Instrumentation
Macquarie University
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