Systems Verification Engineer
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy
La Serena, Region de Coquimbo, Chile;
hace 6 días


The Vera C. Rubin Observatory, currently under construction in Chile, is an 8.4 m telescope designed to conduct an imaging survey over much of the southern sky repeatedly over a 10-year period.

The data from the Vera C. Rubin Observatory will be unprecedented in scale and sensitivity to faint objects and will enable a wide range of science including exploration of the Time Domain.

The sky survey from the Vera C. Rubin Observatory is sure to fundamentally change how humanity perceives and understands the Universe in which we live.

Rubin Observatory is soliciting applicants for a Systems Verification Engineer within the Project Systems Engineering (PSE) team based out of the Rubin Observatory facilities in La Serena, Chile.

The Project Systems Engineering team is responsible for project-level systems engineering functions, including technical oversight and planning for the project.

The PSE team is also responsible for leading and coordinating the final system integration and commissioning of the Rubin Observatory System.

The PSE is responsible for properly defining, decomposing, and maintaining technical performance, functional, and interface requirements and then ensuring that all of the requirements are properly verified and validated, resulting in a commissioned system that meets all stakeholders’ needs.

Inherent in this scope is the need to develop and manage requirements, verification plans, performance estimates, cross-subsystem interfaces, cross-subsystem deliverables, and integration, commissioning and operations plans.

Additionally, Project Systems Engineering develops and implements common processes, conducts risk and opportunity management, and implements change and configuration control.

The Rubin PSE team utilizes Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) to manage many of the typical systems engineering functions.

Working in a MBSE environment, the Systems Verification Engineer will focus on planning for the Commissioning phase of the project, which includes developing verification plans, test cases, test specifications and procedures.

During Commissioning the Systems Verification Engineer will contribute to verification activities, track progress, and work with other members of the team to develop responses to non-compliances.

The Systems Verification Engineer will also maintain the Failure Modes Effects and Causality Analysis (FMECA), Hazard Analysis, and Failure Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action System (FRACAS) for the system to understand system behavior leading into Commissioning and Operations.

This position is based in La Serena, Chile.

Essential Functions :

  • Develop detailed system and subsystem verification plans
  • Generate verification (test) cases and verification (test) procedures to verify requirements in System Integration and Commissioning
  • Track verification activities in system integration and commissioning and develop responses to non-compliances
  • Maintain and update the observatory SysML model in MagicDraw
  • Contribute to and monitor the evolution of system and subsystem level requirements
  • Contribute to and monitor the evolution of interfaces between subsystems
  • Contribute to and monitor the early cross-subsystem deliverables
  • Facilitate the implementation of approved change and deviation requests
  • Contribute to the development and refinement of Systems Engineering processes
  • Contribute to the management of Risks and Opportunities
  • All AURA employees are responsible for the proper management and control of all AURA property within their work area, whether assigned to them or someone else.
  • This responsibility includes reporting any known missing, stolen, or non-working property in their work area to their supervisor or the AURA Property Officer.

  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with government award terms and conditions assigned to this position or subordinates of this position as defined in the Vela Award Management system.
  • Qualifications :

  • Candidates for this position will possess a general understanding of Systems Engineering fundamentals, including the requirements, verification, and validation processes;
  • interface management; integration plan development; functional and physical architectural definition and decomposition; and behavioral definition.

    Required Education / Experience / Skills / Abilities :

  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline.
  • Three or more years of professional experience working as a Systems Engineer.
  • Experience with the Systems Modeling Language (SysML) and object oriented Model Based Systems Engineering.
  • Understanding of traditional Systems Engineering processes (as defined by the International Council on Systems Engineering INCOSE) as demonstrated by course work and / or experience.
  • Have a basic understanding of how Systems Engineers support projects in the assembly, integration, and verification / validation phases of a project
  • Verbal and written fluency in English and Spanish
  • Ability to speak and write effectively, including preparation and presentation of reports.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to achieving high quality results on time.
  • Ability to cooperate with and obtain the support of others.
  • Preferred Education / Experience / Skills / Abilities :

  • Experience with documenting undesired behavior via FMECA and / or Hazard Analysis techniques. Experience with documenting desired system behavior using state machine, use case, activity decomposition, or similar techniques
  • Experience with software development
  • Experience with Quality Assurance / Quality Control
  • Experience executing projects in the assembly, integration, and verification / validation phases
  • Experience with MagicDraw or another MBSE tool
  • Experience working on telescopes or other similarly complex systems
  • 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
  • When working at the summit, the ability to work at 8,900'
  • This position is expected to last through Rubin Observatory construction (into 2023) with possible extension based on construction timeline extension.

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

    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.

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    Rubin Observatory has the majority of staff working remotely during COVID-19 crisis. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority.

    We will continue to interview and screen candidates in this new virtual landscape. Offers of employment can be extended and new hires can on-board virtually and arrangements may be made for remote work.

    Relocation benefits will be available to those eligible when travel can be supported

    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 in English, 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 employment

    Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process should request assistance at employment

    The position will remain open until filled. To be considered in the first round of reviews, please submit your application by April 7, 2021.

    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 and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.

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

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