Deputy Project Manager LSST
La Serena, Chile
hace 10 días


The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

Under construction in Chile, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is an 8.4-meter telescope. This large-aperture, wide-

field, ground-based telescope will survey half of the sky every few nights in six optical bands with its 3.2 gigapixel camera.

It will explore a wide range of astrophysical questions, including probing the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy, and following the evolution of rapidly changing objects such as exploding supernovae, potentially hazardous near-

Earth asteroids, and distant Kuiper Belt Objects.

Job Description

The LSST Project is seeking a Deputy Project Manager who assists the LSST Project Manager with executing the Project within budget and schedule and helps to ensure the technical direction of the Project will meet all established requirements.

The Deputy Project Manager serves in place of the Project Manager when the latter is unavailable and takes a lead role in representing the Project Manager in Chile.

Works closely with the Project teams working in Chile to ensure coordination within LSST, to ensure coordination with local groups in Chile and takes the lead in oversite of the LSST Chilean Project Office.

  • Responsibilities include : ensures project coordination at the summit and base sites in Chile, providing technical and management support to subsystem and commissioning leadership in the execution of the Project in Chile;
  • provides the day-to-day management of the Chile Project Office, working closely with the LSST Administration team and Project Manager to develop budgets and business strategies in Chile;
  • provides risk management inputs and consultation for Chilean based activities; conducts local management meetings to monitor and review the status of project activities;
  • reports directly to the LSST Project Manager providing status on a regular basis; and ensures good communications between LSST Groups functioning in Chile.

    Essential Functions :

  • General functions during construction : Serve as the Deputy Project Manager to extend Project leadership to local activities in Chile.
  • Project integration management to ensure that the various project elements working in Chile are effectively coordinated.Project scope management to ensure that the required work in Chile is executed to the established plans.

    Project cost management to identify needed resources and maintain budget control of the Chile Project Office.Project quality management to ensure functional requirements are met.

    Project human resource management to effectively employ project personnel in Chile.Project communications management to ensure effective communications between the Project Office and LSST groups functioning in Chile.

    Project risk management to analyze and mitigate potential risks present at the base and summit sites.Project safety management to ensure a safe and healthy work environment

  • Responsibility for Managing : Cost, schedule and quality objectives for the Project level work in Chile.Overseeing technical work in Chile conducted by LSST groups and contracted work as required.
  • Working with subsystem activity Managers, Oversees the technical coordination of System Integration.

  • Responsibility for and authority to control the LSST budget provided for LSST Chile Project Office : Develops detailed budget plans and execution strategies.
  • Approves funding within the plan and established limits.

  • Identifies staff and resources necessary to fulfill the goals of the LSST project in Chile. Has the authority to hire key members of the LSST construction team subject to approval by the LSST Project Manager.
  • Administers allocated funds in accordance with AURA and LSST policies, for the achievement of the project objectives established in the approved project plan for the Chile scope of work.
  • Responsible for maintaining close working relationships with the local AURA directors in Chile.
  • 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
  • Job Requirements

    Required Education / Experience / Skills / Abilities :

  • Ph.D. in applicable engineering or scientific field, or a Bachelor’s / Master’s degree plus the recognition and achievement of technical, scientific and leadership excellence in the field.
  • At least 15 years experience in engineering, development, or operation of technical apparatus.
  • Ability to independently identify and resolve management and technical problems by application of a high-level of engineering, scientific, or management techniques.
  • Able to speak in Spanish and English and write effectively in English, including preparation of comprehensive technical reports and presentations.
  • Able to effectively communicate and cooperate with others at all levels of the organization, as well as with key business contacts outside the LSST Project.
  • 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.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
  • The employee must regularly lift and / or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and / or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files;
  • b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.

  • Must possess 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job;
  • 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses;
  • 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid;
  • and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately

  • Some travel may be necessary both domestic and international
  • When working at the summit, the ability to work at 8,900'
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