System Commissioning Manager
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy
La Serena, IV, CHL
hace 3 días

Vera C. Rubin Observatory is a brand-new astronomical facility currently under construction in Chile, with staff based in Tucson, Arizona.

Rubin Observatory will undertake the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) which promises to be one of the largest and most comprehensive astronomy surveys of its kind which is sure to fundamentally change how humanity perceives and understands the Universe in which we live.

Rubin Observatory will enable countless discoveries in almost every area of modern astronomical research discoveries made possible by the team that built the Rubin Observatory system, and by the global science community that Rubin Observatory serves.

Rubin is searching for an experienced System Commissioning Manager to work closely with the Commissioning Scientist to lead the efforts to get the Observatory System producing necessary science products and to be in the proper state for operations.

The group will be responsible for addressing integration and performance of data management delivered processing pipelines and the software tooling for analysis, logging and visualization.

The System Commissioning Manager and Commissioning Scientist will have a core team to support the planning, analysis, and execution of Commissioning activities but the majority of the labor to execute the work will come from other Project Teams.

The System Commissioning leadership is therefore responsible for working with the Project Leadership Team to advocate, negotiate and integrate resources to address the necessary Commissioning activities.

The System Commissioning work is critical to bring the Project to full scientific and operational performance and therefore coordinates directly with the Project office to establish priorities.

This position can be based in either Tucson, Arizona or La Serena, Chile.

System Commissioning Leadership will work closely with the System V&V team and the System Integration team to derive early activities that drive the system performance even while system integration is taking place.

Use of the Auxiliary telescope as an observing platform, data from the full Camera and ComCam will be particular sources for data to drive activities.

The Commissioning Manager and Scientist will derive activities to be considered for Project execution, will advocate for such activities and will manage the activities when performed.

Following the completion of the System First Light, the System Commissioning team will be the primary source for Project activities and will be responsible for the prioritization of efforts.

The Commissioning Manager and Scientist will lead a team with strong scientific and operations experience and perspective to address pipeline and observatory performance.

There must be a tight collaboration with the Data Management (DM) team, the System Integration team and the Science Validation group.

The Commissioning Manger will supervise the core staff and manage the direct budget. The Observing Specialists will report to the Commissioning Manager but are expected to support system integration activities as well to address the commissioning objectives and operability functions for the duration of construction.

The Commissioning Manager will largely be focused on the scheduling, coordination and progress tracking of the Commissioning work.

Emerging issues will arise and the Commissioning leadership will assess these and work with the Project Office to develop plans for resolution.

The Commissioning Manger will then lead the effort to establish revised approaches and plans as necessary to move the overall Commissioning efforts forward as efficiently as possible.

The System Commissioning group will have staff from a variety of funded institutions as well as possibly staff from in-kind contributors.

The System Commissioning Manager will manage the staff and work with the Commissioning Scientist to orchestrate the group to function as a single coordinated team.

The Project uses JIRA for daily work planning and has direct correlations of epics to activities in the formal Primavera based Project Management Baseline.

This correlation allows for smooth monthly status interaction with the Project Office and Project Controls group but the System Commissioning Manager is responsible for ensuring the JIRA project accurately reflects progress and will be responsible for working with the group on any variance analysis and reporting as needed.

Essential Functions :

  • Work closely with the Commissioning Scientist to lead the Project System Commissioning effort.
  • Plan, prioritize, coordinate and manage the System Commissioning activities.
  • Collaborate with the Project Manager and Project Leadership to establish strategies to execute the Program plan efficiently throughout all phases of the Project.
  • Advocate for priorities and work with the PMO and Leadership team to get resources and / or get System Commissioning tasks assigned to other teams.
  • Work Closely with PMO, System Verification and Validation Leadership and the System Integration Leadership to effectively address the scope for each group in the process of System Commissioning.
  • Monitors schedule progress and organize monthly status reporting
  • Supervise core System Commissioning team staff and manage the assigned budget.
  • Required Education / Experience / Skills / Abilities :

  • 5 years of experience in the coordination / management of commissioning / operational activities.
  • Skilled and adept in working with complex systems.
  • Highly organized and articulate both verbally and in writing Fluent in English.
  • Willing and able to travel internationally and to work at 2900 meters altitude.
  • Preferred Education / Experience / Skills / Abilities :

  • Willing and able to spend periods of time in Chile.
  • Fluent in Spanish.
  • Technical background in a related software development and science pipeline development.
  • Prior experience with JIRA for work planning and control.
  • Physical Demands : The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The work is mostly carried out in an office environment. Long periods of sitting and computer usage may be required.
  • Some travel may be necessary both domestic and international
  • We are committed to diversity and inclusion at Rubin Observatory. Our managing organization, AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

    AURA offers an excellent benefits package including paid time off and retirement plan contributions, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a very attractive work environment.

    Details on benefits can be found at

    Preference will be given to qualified internal candidates and qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O'odham reservation.

    Please list 3 professional references in your application (references will only be contacted later in the recruitment process) and attach : a cover letter and a CV or resume, PDF files preferred.

    Please name any attachments with the following format : Lastname Docname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to .

    For full consideration, please submit your application by June 24, 2022.

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    COVID-19 UPDATE : Effective December 8, 2021, AURA will require all based employees to be fully vaccinated, including being up to date with boosters, for COVID-19.

    Vaccination will be a condition of employment, with exemptions granted only for valid medical or religious reasons. This is requirement for all employees working onsite or from home (telework or hybrid remote work schedule).

    Currently the vaccination requirement does not apply to any future AURA employees working in Chile, regardless of their nationality or type of contract.

    AURA currently offers a mix-model workspace (office & virtual) and stimulating environments for all, with most staff currently working virtually from home.

    The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We will continue to interview and screen candidates virtually and offers of employment can be extended and new hires may onboard virtually.

    Employees are required to be residents in their base job location within a limited time from their start date.

    The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories.

    AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research.

    AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s NOIRLab, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C.

    Rubin Observatory under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.

    As a recipient of Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations.

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