This exciting job opportunity is with the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project HQ located in Pasadena, California. The GMT is being developed by a group of leading university and research centers from across the globe. GMTO Corporation has been formed to design, construct and operate the GMT, which will be located in the Andean mountains at Las Campanas Peak in Chile. The GMT is the next generation astronomical observatory with 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. The project is entering the formal construction phase with scientific operations expected to begin in 2027.
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The Adaptive Optics (AO) Systems Engineer will be responsible for system analysis, performance assessment, and developing and maintaining requirements and interface specifications for the GMT active and adaptive optics subsystems. These include four types of wavefront sensors, the adaptive secondary mirror, optical calibration systems, and the laser guide star system.
This position will participate in the acceptance testing of AO subsystems developed by partner institutions and industrial vendors, and will play a key role in the integration, testing, and commissioning of the GMT AO system at Las Campanas Observatory.
The AO Systems Engineer will work within the Wavefront Sensing and Control group and report directly to the Wavefront Sensing and Control Manager.
• Lead the GMT adaptive optics systems engineering effort
• Develop and maintain requirements and interface specifications for the AO subsystems
• Develop and maintain the AO performance budgets
• Define and maintain the technical configuration and architecture of the GMT wavefront control system
• Develop procedures for AO system integration, testing, and operation
• Oversee acceptance tests of AO subsystems, including the adaptive secondary mirror
• Prepare technical reports to document the GMT AO design and performance
• Prepare and deliver presentations at technical reviews and conferences
Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
• A BS degree in engineering, physics, or a related field
• At least five (5) years of professional systems engineering experience in large research or aerospace projects
• A strong understanding of optical systems design and performance analysis
• Willingness and ability to travel to foreign and domestic vendor and observatory locations as the need arises.
• Professional level user of Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
• Competency using high-level programming languages such as Matlab, IDL, or Python
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
• Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
• An advanced degree in an Engineering or Science discipline with courses in pertinent fields such as systems engineering, aerospace engineering, software engineering, or physics
• Hands-on experience with adaptive optics system design, testing, or operation
• Professional certification in systems engineering
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