At SKAO, we?re coordinating a global effort to deliver the largest science facility on the planet. The SKA will be a next-generation radio telescope 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 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, it will be one observatory, operating two telescopes, an endeavour spanning three continents. Multinational by design, SKAO will soon join only a handful of other science infrastructures in becoming an intergovernmental organisation.
This role will be known internally as a Domain Specialist - Electrical Engineer
Domain specialists are staff with extensive experience in a field of interest to the SKA. Domain specialists provide engineering analysis as well as support to one or more Product Delivery Team (PDT) working beside a Project Manager, acting as the technical person responsible for that specific delivery. The electrical engineer will work primarily with the Infrastructure PDTs and will be in charge of the power distribution.
The domain specialists report to the SKA Project Engineer, working as members of a multidisciplinary team providing engineering support and leadership at all levels of the project (Domain Specialist Team - DST).
The project is currently starting its preparation for procurement for the construction phase so quite some emphasis will be devoted to this task.
Key Responsibilities, Accountabilities and Duties
- Provide technical leadership in electrical engineering for all aspects of the SKA project. Support the SKA Project Engineer and PDTs providing engineering analysis, technical notes, and reports as required.
- Work with the infrastructure PDTs, as appropriate, to provide guidance, advice and technical assistance in their domain area of expertise during the next phases of the project (End of pre-construction, tendering and procurement, construction and verification)
- During pre-construction: making changes due to the ECPs (Engineering Changes), resolving reference design issues, specialist technical input, preparation of procurement documents like specs, standards, etc. as requested
- During tender: answering to request for clarification, evaluation of the tender pack, adjudication, recommendation, etc.
- During construction: review and accept plans and designs from contractors, receive and comment on technical reports from contractors and work with the other contracts supervisors to takeover contract deliverables.
- Technical ownership of the power distribution within the Infrastructure PDTs
- Assist the SKA Power Engineer with the management and updating of the SKA Power Budget
- Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the SKA Project Engineer, by the PDT PM or a member of SKA Organisation Senior Management Team.
- Undertake training in the financial, occupational health and safety, and human resource management procedures applicable to the SKA or its partners.
- Travel, as required, not only limited to the SKA partner countries. The two construction sites are based in Australia and South Africa. The holder of this position will be required to travel frequently to these countries.
Mandatory Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- University degree in Engineering, another closely related and relevant field, or equivalent expertise;
- Membership of, or eligibility for, membership of, recognised national or international engineering institutes;
- Demonstrable experience in design of complex electrical systems in infrastructure projects;
- Demonstrable experience with the performance-verification of power systems in infrastructure projects;
- Demonstrable experience in installation and commissioning on field of complex power systems in infrastructure projects;
- Experience in procurement and tendering of electrical/power systems;
- Industry experience, and/or a track record in successful collaborative links with industry;
- Good English oral and written communication skills and the ability to influence people in widely differing parts of a complex organisation;
- A flexible team player who is adaptable to change;
- Able to work effectively with SKA engineers, project managers, and scientists from a variety of cultures, and
- Willing and able to travel as necessary and when possible in the context of any international travel restrictions, and to work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends (international travel for this sort of role would typically be for up to one week 6-8 times per year).
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- Familiarity with control systems design
- Familiarity with electronic design and product design
- Familiarity with Systems Engineering
- Familiarity with NEC form of contracts and the supervisor role
- Knowledge of, or a demonstrable interest in, the development, operation and ethos of large scale international research infrastructures such as observatories;
- Experience in design for volume production and/or in large-scale manufacturing and assembly;
- Familiarity with the formalism for, and requirements of, quality control environments such as ISO9000.