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Technical Project Manager Caltech Job Category: Fulltime Regular Exempt Overtime Eligible: Exempt Benefits Eligible: Benefit Based Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world’s brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community. Job Summary Caltech Optical Observatories (COO) is inviting highly qualified candidates to apply for the position of Technical Project Manager within its Optical and Infrared (OIR) Instrumentation Group. The OIR Group develops innovative visible and infrared astronomical adaptive optics systems, imaging cameras, and spectrographs for the Palomar, Keck, and Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatories, as well as for other astronomical facilities and astrophysics flight missions in support of Caltech faculty and student research. Applicants are expected to have a demonstrated record of successfully managing the development and delivery of sophisticated astronomical, experimental physics, or commercial optoelectromechanical instruments for use at large telescope or similar facilities, including associated software systems. The successful candidate will possess comprehensive knowledge of multiple research applications and apply their expert knowledge of technical and research concepts to develop and execute management plans, risk mitigations, procurement strategies, contracting arrangement, integration and testing, and commissioning. They will maintain close awareness of scientific and industry trends, are expected to gain a high-level knowledge of Caltech research and business operations, and effectively work close collaboration with the Associate Director for Instrumentation Development, the Caltech faculty, and peer-group managers delivering an ambitious portfolio of leading-edge instrumentation. Essential Job Duties The successful Technical Project Manager will: Lead multidisciplinary science and engineering teams to successfully deliver complex, multi-institutional and/or multinational astronomical instrumentation projects. Manage multiple projects within the Caltech Optical Observatories development portfolio, including organization, planning, execution, validation, and risk management, on a concurrent and/or rotating basis. Effectively execute across a range of team sizes and budget authorities, from small student teams to large, internationally distributed collaborations. Be accountable for development team budgetary and schedule performance with both financial and non-financial Institute-wide consequence. Predict, identify, and resolve potential high-impact problems, promoting innovative problem solving and sound decision-making. Ensure subordinate managers responsible for major subsystems are meeting their development/deliverable milestones and objectives. Develop and maintain financial budgets and schedules in concurrence with science performance goals throughout instrument lifecycles, including proposal preparation and submission, site visits, external reviews, and commissioning. Communicate effectively with a diverse range of project stakeholders, including cross-institutional and international partners. Regularly interact with faculty and principal engineers on matters involving instrument scientific performance requirements, constraints, technology alternatives, staffing, and educational impact as a leading participant in Caltech’s research mission. Work with instrument scientists and/or systems engineers to support instrument architecture and performance trade studies to optimize science capability and stakeholder value. Have the experience necessary to make technical contributions in team environments in one or more core instrumentation sub-disciplines: systems engineering, optics, mechanics, electronics, software development, configuration management, quality assurance, and/or data science. Identify and facilitate on-going management process improvements across the group, including close relationships with functional leads and business office professionals. Working with the COO Associate Director for Instrumentation, identify and pursue new instrument concepts and technology directions including proposal preparation for public and private funding opportunities. Demonstrate superior written and verbal communication skills, empathy, mentorship, and support for the professional development at all career levels. This should include a demonstrated ability to influence and build consensus among stakeholders in sensitive situations. Basic Qualifications M.S. in astronomy, physics, engineering, or related field with a minimum of 12-years’ experience in project management or entrepreneurship, or equivalent. Enthusiasm to make impactful contributions, individually and within instrumentation teams, to human knowledge and understanding. Excellent written and verbal communications skills and ability to lead technical peers and work collegially with astronomical faculty. Strong analytical, problem-solving, and conceptual skills, with an ability to express complex technical concepts to non-experts. Recognized technical excellence in one or more of the following instrumentation sub-disciplines: optical, photonic, mechanical, electrical, or detector engineering; cryo-vacuum systems; adaptive optics; controls systems; software engineering; or robotics Familiarity with effective systems engineering disciplines including requirements engineering, error budget analysis, and requirements flow-down, formal interface control, and risk assessment and mitigation strategies. Leadership of instrument and/or data pipeline software development teams, with emphasis on efficiency, automation, maintainability, and extensibility. Broad knowledge of experimental physics and multidisciplinary engineering principles. The position requires routine presence on the Caltech campus, with occasional travel and work at high altitudes (up to 14,000 ft.), including both daytime and occasional nighttime schedules, often in low light level conditions, as well as a successful pre-employment physical, DMV, and background checks. Preferred Qualifications Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, engineering, or related field or M.B.A. in project management or entrepreneurship, and 15-years’ experience, or equivalent. PMP certification. Strong record of successful delivery of astronomical instrumentation. Experience working with astronomy, astrophysics, or physics faculty is preferred. Expertise with the management of the deliverable software for technical, commercial or research application. A robust publication record in advanced optical/photonic instrument component development for new generations of spectrographs and/or adaptive optics systems. National and international recognition for experimental research leadership. Required Documents Resume Cover Letter To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: https://hr.caltech.edu/work/job_openings We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Copyright 2022 Jobelephant.com Inc. All rights reserved. Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency jeid-e8889efe3dc52d4a8a32508106d53556

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