The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory)
in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.
The National Solar Observatory (NSO) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) Project has an immediate opening for an
Electrical/Electronics Engineer (EE) who will report to the Lead Systems Engineer of the DKIST Project providing professional electronic systems expertise and support for key aspects of the facility during the DKIST construction, integration
and testing, commissioning (IT&C) and handover to operations. The EE will participate in factory acceptance of major systems of the DKIST, and manage staff as assigned by the Lead Systems Engineer. The engineer will also manage assigned electronic work packages
through scheduling and budget. Coordination of DKIST site work will be done in conjunction with the site manager and, safety officer during the construction phase and the Lead Systems Engineer during IT&C phase.
- Develop a thorough working knowledge of the specifications, requirements and design of all major DKIST systems.
- Participate in formal Design and Acceptance Reviews ensuring performance requirements are met and fit-for-purpose.
- Manage the planning, implementation, installation and testing of the DKIST Global Interlock System and DKIST Systems Interconnects.
- Provide in advisory capacity, DKIST Grounding and Lightning Protection System information for implementation and installation.
- Advise on technical improvements in Observatory operations or equipment.
- Plan, recommend, and execute improvements in engineering activities on varied new and existing technical problems. Diagnose causes and develop solutions for any electrical/electronic malfunction, ensuring the repair meets requirements
- Participate in IT&C activities on site to ensure that the facility meets requirements.
- Manage assigned technical staff for selection, utilization and training of subordinates. Provide recommended salary and title changes when appropriate.
- Guide and direct employees and subcontractors in integration of equipment into the facility within area of expertise.
- Comply with approved schedules and insure meeting both technical and budgetary requirements of assigned work.
- Comply with all applicable electrical and safety standards and corrects and/or reports unsafe conditions or practices.
- Determine the proper equipment, tools, materials, assemblies and methods to be used during their assigned IT&C activities.
- Bachelors, preferably Masters, degree in Electronics or Electrical Engineering or equivalent (Membership of IEEE an advantage.)
- At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in Electronics or Electrical Engineering.
- Design of analogue and digital circuitry and PCB design and layout. • Familiarity with codes and standards applicable to Controls/Electrical/Electronic Engineering
- Experience of 208&480V three phase power and facility power distribution.
- Ability to resolve technical problems by application of general engineering, scientific, or mathematical techniques.
- Be experienced in the use and operation of standard electrical and electronics test equipment.
- Have a working knowledge of PLC-based systems.(Preferable– Experience with Allen-Bradley PLC and Safety Systems)
- Ability to communicate and cooperate with others both inside and outside of the DKIST project.
- Ability to speak and write effectively, including preparation of comprehensive technical reports.
- A thorough working knowledge of MS Office applications
- Have direct staff management and development experience including supervision and mentoring of electrical engineers and technician level employees.
- Proven project management experience including working knowledge of MS Project or other scheduling tools.
- Experience of work in a research and development or astronomical facility and of working with observing instruments.
- Experience in development of operations and maintenance documentation.
- Knowledge of and experience in analogue and digital control systems. Including servo optimization and tuning.
- Experience with MATLAB/Simulink modeling of complex control systems.
- Knowledge of and experience with Delta Tau motion control hardware.
- Experience in use of CAD package software (AutoCAD Electrical, Altium Designer )
- Experience in the planning and execution of maintenance for complex electronic/instrument/cryogenic systems.
- Experience with CCD and/or CMOS optical detectors and controllers.
- Experience with NIR detectors and controllers
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 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 50 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
- Must possess sufficient mobility, strength or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) grasp, push, pull, turn or otherwise manipulate tools and mechanisms; b) push, shove, pull or otherwise safely and efficiently manipulate tools or mechanisms;
c) lift, hold, maneuver, objects of 50 lbs or more; d) maintain balance while performing work; e) remove parts, systems, tools of 50 lbs or more
- The position will be based in Maui, working at the Haleakala (DKIST) facility
- Ability to work at 10,000’ elevation, sometimes during inclement weather, is required.
- There will be occasional working at height utilizing fall protection equipment, ladders and scaffolding
- Frequent travel to/from the mainland US to the Hawaiian Islands may be necessary.
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