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|Verification Systems Engineer||Closing date: 2023-02-03
|An amazing opportunity for an experienced Verification Systems Engineer with strong leadership skills to join an international, multicultural organisation and contribute to the delivery of the largest radio telescope on the planet.
Apply here: https://recruitment.skao.int/vacancy/verification-systems-engineer-506213.html
|At the SKAO we are coordinating a global effort to deliver one of the largest science facilities on the planet. The SKAO telescopes will be next-generation instruments that will help to answer key questions in astrophysics, drive technological innovation and support human capital development.
More than a dozen partner countries and over a thousand scientists and engineers around the world are already on board, making the SKA project an international collaboration like no other, and one of the most ambitious science and engineering endeavours of the 21st century.
Headquartered in the UK, with telescope sites in Australia and South Africa, the SKAO will be one observatory operating two telescopes, an endeavour spanning three continents. Multinational by design, in early 2021 the SKAO became an intergovernmental organisation, one of only a select handful of science infrastructures to do so worldwide.
Construction activities for the SKAO's telescopes in Australia and South Africa started in 2021, along with a ramping up of SKAO staff in both countries. It is expected that the transition from the Construction Phase to the Operations Phase will happen around 2028.
SKAO Operations in South Africa will be conducted in partnership with the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO). SKAO Operations in Australia will be conducted in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The Observatory will also partner closely with a global network of SKA Regional Centres through which astronomers will access science data products and a suite of tools and resources to further analyse the SKA telescopes' data.
For more information on the SKA project visit https://www.skao.int/
The SKA Observatory offers a competitive salary and a generous pension and benefits package. As an employee of an intergovernmental organisation, an appointee who is not a national of the country in which the role is based may be subject to personal Privileges and Immunities.The Role
The Verification System Engineer is a member of the SKA-Mid Telescope Delivery Team, a multidisciplinary team responsible for the delivery of the SKA-Mid Telescope. Within the team, the Verification System Engineer will be responsible for the verification of the SKA-Mid Telescope and will provide engineering support and leadership both in their specific discipline and across the entire SKA-Mid Telescope.
This role is known internally as SKA-Mid AIV Lead Engineer and will report to the SKA Head of Engineering.
This role will be based in Cape Town, South Africa, and it will involve regular travel to site and occasional international travel.
SKAO is committed to providing a flexible working environment meeting the requests of our Colleagues whilst also fulfilling the needs and objectives of the Observatory. We encourage open conversations during the interview and application process in relation to any specific requirements, and later with line managers to assess individual flexible working arrangements alongside the needs of the organisation and responsibilities and accountabilities of the specific role and team.
There may be occasions where this role requires the post holder to work across different time zones and, in line with SKAO policy, flexible working hours will be supported in agreement with the line manager.
Key Responsibilities, Accountabilities and Duties
-Responsibility for the Mid System Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) processes for SKAO, in coordination with the Mid System Engineers and Mission Assurance Team.
-Defines governing verification plans, procedures, processes and appropriate tools and uses these to monitor and control verification activities. Ownership of the Verification flow of the LOW telescope.
-Leading the SKA Integrated Team in guiding and supporting the AIV process up to science Verification. The AIV Mid Lead Engineer is the authority for product acceptance, installation, integration and engineering commissioning/verification, co-leads science commissioning and supports science verification
-Responsibility in developing and managing out the Professional Services Contracts needed for the System AIV preparation and execution, which includes also the MeerKAT integration work package.
-Maintain, during the verification phase on site, the overall responsibility for coordination of AIV activities on site, in collaboration with the SKA-Mid Site Construction Director.
-Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the line manager or a member of SKAO senior management team.
Mandatory Knowledge, Skills and Experience
-Degree in Engineering, Physics or another closely related and relevant field, or equivalent experience.
-Strong systems engineering background in a complex systems development environment.
-Significant experience in Assembly, Integration and Verification for large and complex international projects.
-Experience in managing technical and engineering change across internal stakeholders.
-Good overall Systems, Software and Hardware integration experience.
-Strong leadership skills with the ability to motivate team members.
-Ability to build good working relationships with engineers, scientists and other internal and external stakeholders.
-Good oral and written communication skills in English.
-Good interpersonal and influencing skills.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience
-Experience working on projects with in-kind contribution.
-Familiarity with telescopes based on radio interferometry, including experience with debugging interferometers at an early stage of development.
-Membership of, or eligibility for membership of recognised national or international system engineering institutes.
Equality Diversity and Inclusion Statement
SKA Observatory recognises that our diversity is a strength. We aim to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone feels they belong, and diverse perspectives and ideas thrive. As such, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion are
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