Mechanical & Lead Engineer on LVM for the SDSS-V at Carnegie Observatories

The Carnegie Observatories, a department of the Carnegie Institution for Science (CIS) is a non-profit, world-class astronomical institution, with its office located in Pasadena, California, is currently seeking an experienced Opto-Mechanical Lead Engineer.  This is a two year full time position with the opportunity for an extension based on funding availability and favorable performance evaluation. The Observatories operates and builds instruments for 1.0 meter, 2.5 meter, and twin 6.5-meter optical telescopes at its Las Campanas Observatory (LCO) located in Chile.

The Opto-Mechanical Engineer will work with Carnegie astronomer instrumentalists and engineers to design, build, and commission the Local Volume Mapper Spectrograph for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-V at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile and Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. The Project consists of a number of Project Groups with responsibility for developing instrumentation and software, planning and conducting the surveys, and site operations. The teams are located at various member institutions and The Observatories. The SDSS-V project is described in which provides details of the science, instrumentation, organization, and program plan. The Lead Engineer will be based at the Observatories in Pasadena, California but work with a team distributed throughout the world.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • BS in Engineering or equivalent and at least 2 years of post-degree engineering experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel both internationally and domestically.  

Job Summary:

  • Be a technical leader of a multidisciplinary engineering team
  • Communicate clearly with a distributed team and write formal design review documentation
  • Work with formal systems engineering to develop requirements, perform error budget development and flow down, and risk assessment
  • Be a technical expert in mechanical (especially optomechanical) engineering and be able to design instrumentation for manufacturing.  

Carnegie offers a competitive compensation package including medical and retirement benefits. The salary will depend on the experience of the applicant.

Application Process:
Carnegie is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Complete job description is contained in this advertisement – no phone calls please.
Only electronic applications submitted through the Carnegie website will be considered 

Applicants are encouraged to apply by April 15, 2019 when application review will begin.  However, the position will remain open until filled.  

Only select candidates who meet our requirements will be contacted.

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