Jobs @ the Observatory

The Simons Observatory is building a team of dedicated professionals to work with us to build the next generation of state of the art telescopes and cameras.


Site Manager - Chile

The Site Manager will be responsible will be responsible for helping develop the plan for the Simons Observatory (SO) site, managing the execution of the Chilean part of that plan, and managing the site-related logistical operation of the SO. The successful candidate will be responsible for contacting and managing vendors, subcontracts, contract personnel, and the site engineers/technicians. They will be responsible for creating detailed work breakdown structures and sub-project plans, and presenting them to Professor Arnold and the SO planning committee for approval. Key responsibilities include:

  • Planning of site activities and determining requirements for achieving the site plan within schedule and budget.
  • Interaction with and management of contractors.
  • Prepare packages that can be sent by Simons Observatory to vendors or contractors for bid.
  • Ensuring work, both by contractors and by others on-site, is completed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Working with the safety officer to ensure safety policy compliance at all times.
  • Managing the site engineer/technicians, and leading them to work efficiently at the site. Ensures their schedules are synchronized with work required at the site.
  • Ability to communicate in both English and Spanish with the necessary Chilean contractors and the Simons Observatory team.

A successful site manager may have the opportunity to stay on after construction is complete to manage operation of the observatory, which are planned through 2027 or later.

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Site Engineers/Technicians - Chile

The Site Engineers/Technicians will report to the site manager. They will be responsible for execution of the construction of the site as directed by the site manager. The following qualifications are preferred but not required for a candidate to be considered:

  • Familiarity with high-elevation and/or remote site work
  • Familiarity with general construction, including building construction, electrical system servicing, and cooling systems
  • Familiarity with local area networks and troubleshooting computer or network hardware problems
  • Familiarity with cryogenic instrumentation systems
  • Familiarity with telescope maintenance and control.
  • Familiarity with diesel generator operation
  • Ability to understand circuit diagrams
  • Ability to design and implement simple fixed to electrical and mechanical systems
  • Ability to communicate in both English and Spanish

Successful site engineers/technicians may have the opportunity to stay on after construction is complete to maintain operations of the observatory, which are planned through 2027 or later.

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Project Scientist - Berkeley California

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time project scientist position in the area of computational cosmology with an expected start date in summer or fall 2018. The research scientist will work on the development and deployment of the Simons Observatory (SO) data reduction pipeline. SO is a Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) experiment that will deploy many tens of thousands of detectors on multiple telescope in the high Atacama Desert in Chile to gather the largest and most sensitive CMB dataset to date. From Chile, the data will be transferred to the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for reduction and analysis. This position is part of the overall SO data management team, which focuses on the reduction of the raw telescope data to well-characterized maps for science exploitation. Specifically, it will involve working with the Berkeley SO Data team to develop and deploy and exercise a computational framework capable of handling the SO data volume and complexity on state-of-the-art High Performance and High Throughput Computing facilities, including NERSC and XSEDE. The incumbent will work collaboratively as part of a distributed team and project schedule, including giving regular oral and written presentations.

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