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Systems Engineer - Project Office

Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation, Kamuela, HI, United States
Employer Description

Canada France Hawaii Telescope Corporation (CFHT) operates a world-class 3.6-meter telescope at the summit of Maunakea in Hawaii.  With state-of- the-art instruments working in the visible and NIR wavelength bands, CFHT consistently rates among the highest in the world in science impact. Over the next decade, CFHT will be transformed into the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) (https://mse.cfht.hawaii.edu), an 11.25m aperture telescope feeding a massively multiplexed spectroscopic survey machine, capable of capturing thousands of astronomical objects simultaneously.

The MSE Project Office is seeking a talented, creative and inspired systems engineer to become an integral member of a small, multidisciplinary team to support the technical development of the MSE Observatory. The successful candidate will support the project preliminary design phase by overseeing system-level engineering development activities of design teams and contractors.  Upon successful completion and approval of the preliminary design phase, this position will migrate into systems oversight for final design and construction phase activities.

Job Description

If you are an experienced engineer with a strong foundation in systems engineering or a closely related field, and are excited to expand your skill set, we would like to speak with you.

We are particularly interested in engineers with hands-on experience consolidating the technical requirements of a multi-faceted, multi-national project into a comprehensive design package.  Experience and ability to develop engineering requirements in clear and concise written and or verbal reports is a necessity.  Previous astronomical observatory, national lab, or aerospace experience and exposure to large scale projects and the requirements and documentation that go along with a large project are highly desirable. 


The Systems Engineer position is based at CFHT Headquarters in beautiful Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The position requires intermittent travel, including internationally, and periodic trips to the summit observatory.

Compensation, benefits, equality and diversity

CFHT offers a competitive compensation package based on experience and employment history.

CFHT is committed to the ideal of gender equity and diversity.  We offer an exceptional benefits package, including but not limited to, 100% health coverage for the employee and their immediate family, including: medical, vision, and dental coverage and life insurance for the employee along with a very generous retirement package. 

CFHT offers up to $40K per year per family in tuition assistance for K-12 dependents. We are a family friendly workplace, with a policy allowing children in the workplace at our Waimea headquarters.

Internships and mentoring

CFHT believes strongly in helping to develop a STEM workforce in Hawaii. So it participates in numerous outreach and mentoring activities for students within Hawaii and abroad, including the Akamai Workforce Development Internship Program (https://akamaihawaii.org/interning/) and Maunakea Scholars programs (http://cfht.hawaii.edu/en/news/MaunakeaScholars/). A desire and capability to mentor student interns would be a plus.

Important dates

The position will be open until filled.  For full consideration please apply via the attached website on or before July 15, 2019.

More Information:

All applicants must submit their application through our online portal at https://cfht.applicantpro.com/jobs/.  The full position description may be downloaded at this site.

Job Requirements

Essential Functions

  1. Responsible for Systems Engineering (SE) functions such as requirements management using the IBM Rational DOORS software, system budgets development, and performance trade analysis
  2. Develops interface, functional and performance requirements of the System and subsystems, at level 2 and lower, and monitor their applications to ensure the subsystem designs adhere to, specifically:
    • Technical and safety standards established
    • Correct interpretation of interface requirements
    • Consistent incorporation of verification process
    • Integration plans that are compatible with the system-level integration and verification sequence.
  3. Provides system-level oversight on the engineering teams and/or industrial contractors performing subsystem development work
  4. Works effectively with others by sharing ideas in a collaborative, positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments; keeping others informed of work progress and issues; addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical solutions; and respecting the diversity of the CFHT workforce.
  5. Maintains commitment to a high standard of safety, complies with CFHT safety policies/rules, and reports actual and potential safety violations to appropriate supervisory or management personnel.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements

  1. BS or higher degree in a related field of engineering or physical science, or equivalent knowledge and experience.
  2. Working experience in principles and practices of requirements management using SE software, including flow-down, traceability and verification procedures.
  3. Experience in applying engineering principles and practices in one or more of the following disciplines and areas, arranged in order of preference:
    • Systems - requirements management, knowledge of analysis techniques for performance analysis
    • Instrumentation - scientific and industrial systems
    • Mechanics - opto-mechanics, precision mechanisms and vibration control
    • Structural - large precision structures
    • QA/QC - Quality assurance and quality control processes
    • Optics – large meter-size optical systems or fibre optics
  4. Engineering experience in a scientific instrumentation, aerospace or science facility development project with team of technical professionals of diverse engineering disciplines.
  5. Proven verbal and written communication skills using English within a distributed international design team environment.
  6. Effective at meeting work objectives in a semi-autonomous work environment, with minimal supervision; performing effectively as a team member by supporting and contributing to the project objectives.
  7. Ability and willingness to work irregular hours and to travel internationally.
08 June 2019
08 July 2019
Bachelor's Degree
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors