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    This is the position of General Engineer (Systems Engineer) of Central Engineering Division. The incumbent provide systems engineering support for the next generation Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). The EHT links radio dishes around the world to create a virtual, Earth-sized telescope with the highest resolving power possible from the surface of our planet.

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    Responsibilities

    PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: The Engineer will play a key role in the overall next generation EHT engineering team, participating in all phases of the systems development lifecycle, including concept of operations, requirements, system architecture modeling, system design, risk management, integration, testing, and implementation planning. The incumbent will lead several systems engineering efforts in close collaboration with and at the direction of the Project Engineer. The  Engineer will be involved in every high-level system trade study to define this transformational array and will be asked to lead the development of many pivotal documents, analyses, and models that will directly shape the array’s system architecture. The incumbent will work with an international team that includes engineers, theoreticians, software developers, astronomers, and imaging algorithm experts, all united by a common science vision. This position will require that the incumbent possesses the ability to learn quickly, see the big picture, and carry out multiple complex activities simultaneously.

    DUTIES For grades 13:

    1.  Provides systems engineering support for developing the next generation Event Horizon Telescope, from conceptual design through prototype demonstration and detailed system architecture. Drawing from mechanical, optical, systems, microwave, electronic or signal processing disciplines, supports development of technical specifications for all next generation EHT subsystems. Helps coordinate engineering design and analysis, as well as proposal preparation and formal documentation.
      2. Leads trade studies of various design aspects contributing to the overall system architecture and optimization of the worldwide next-generation EHT array.
      3. Leads system architecture modeling using model-based systems engineering (MBSE) tools. Implements modeling approach and presents system architecture models to various worldwide institutions and stakeholders.
      4. Assists in the development of system-level concept of operations and performs functional analysis and decomposition to trace science objectives to system and subsystem requirements.
      5. Writes and maintains engineering requirements, specifications, interface documents, etc., assisting the Project Engineer to ensure that project milestones and budgets are successfully met.
      6. Prepares engineering input to project proposals, cost estimates, cost models, schedules, technical plans, procedures, and reports by drawing on skills in multiple engineering disciplines.
      7. Participates in design reviews for the development of scientific instruments and their associated support equipment, and integration of instrument systems.
      8. Participates in all verification activities including verification plans and procedures, analysis and test, and hardware acceptance.
      9. Makes oral and written presentations to project scientists and technical representatives of cooperating and/or contracting organizations. Contributes to papers and technical articles as required.
      10. Performs other related duties as required.

    In addition to the above, duties for grade 14:

    1. Provides engineering leadership for the system design of the next generation Event Horizon Telescope, from conceptual design through prototype demonstration and detailed system architecture. Assists and coordinates development of technical specifications for all next generation EHT subsystems. Assists and coordinates engineering design and analysis (drawing from mechanical, optical, systems, microwave, electronic or signal processing disciplines), as well as proposal preparation and formal documentation.
    2. Establishes the development of system-level concept of operations and performs functional analysis and decomposition to trace science objectives to system and subsystem requirements.
    3. Prepares engineering input to project proposals, cost estimates, cost models, schedules, technical plans, procedures, and reports.
    4. Oversees design, fabrication, and assembly of scientific instruments and their associated support equipment, and integration of instrument systems. Ensures software design is compatible with instrument hardware. Participates in design reviews.
    5. Makes oral and written presentations to project scientists and technical representatives of cooperating and/or contracting organizations. Contributes to papers and technical articles as required. Represents SAO on technical task forces.
    6. Performs other related duties as required.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel to support project activities.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14 - Promotion will be subject to PRCE review.

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