Systems Engineer - Project Office

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Archive Date: 
Sunday, July 7, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation
Department Name: 
MSE Project Office
Street Line 1: 
65-1238 Mamalahoa Highway
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Canada France Hawaii Telescope Corporation (CFHT) operates a world-class 3.6-meter telescope at the summit of Maunakea in Hawaii.  With state-of- the-art instruments working in the visible and NIR wavelength bands, CFHT consistently rates among the highest in the world in science impact. Over the next decade, CFHT will be transformed into the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) (, an 11.25m aperture telescope feeding a massively multiplexed spectroscopic survey machine, capable of capturing thousands of astronomical objects simultaneously.

The MSE Project Office is seeking a talented, creative and inspired systems engineer to become an integral member of a small, multidisciplinary team to support the technical development of the MSE Observatory. The successful candidate will support the project preliminary design phase by overseeing system-level engineering development activities of design teams and contractors.  Upon successful completion and approval of the preliminary design phase, this position will migrate into systems oversight for final design and construction phase activities.

This position is hired on a 3 year, renewable contract.

Relevant experience:

If you are an experienced engineer with a strong foundation in systems engineering or a closely related field, and are excited to expand your skill set, we would like to speak with you.

We are particularly interested in engineers with hands-on experience consolidating the technical requirements of a multi-faceted, multi-national project into a comprehensive design package.  Experience and ability to develop engineering requirements in clear and concise written and or verbal reports is a necessity.  Previous astronomical observatory, national lab, or aerospace experience and exposure to large scale projects and the requirements and documentation that go along with a large project are highly desirable. 


The Systems Engineer position is based at CFHT Headquarters in beautiful Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The position requires intermittent travel, including internationally, and periodic trips to the summit observatory.

Important dates

The position will be open until filled.  For full consideration please apply via the attached website on or before July 15, 2019.

More Information:

All applicants must submit their application through our online portal at  The full position description may be downloaded at this site.

Included Benefits: 

CFHT offers a competitive compensation package based on experience and employment history.

CFHT is committed to the ideal of gender equity and diversity.  We offer an exceptional benefits package, including but not limited to, 100% health coverage for the employee and their immediate family, including: medical, vision, and dental coverage and life insurance for the employee along with a very generous retirement package. 

CFHT offers up to $40K per year per family in tuition assistance for K-12 dependents. We are a family friendly workplace, with a policy allowing children in the workplace at our Waimea headquarters.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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