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.
Our Global HQ is located near the buzzing city of Manchester at the historic Jodrell Bank Observatory, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Cheshire countryside. It is home to a rapidly expanding international team of more than a hundred, working in a highly collaborative and inclusive way, in coordination with SKA teams in Australia & South Africa and as part of a global astronomy and engineering community.
Being part of Team SKA means contributing to something extraordinary: a uniquely exciting project to advance human knowledge that will last decades. In return, we offer a diverse multicultural working environment, 30 days annual leave plus public holidays, a generous pension scheme, regular social events, a family-friendly environment and much more. Come and join us
The verification system engineer, internally known as LOW AIV Lead engineer, is a member of the LOW Telescope Delivery Team (TDT), a multidisciplinary team responsible for the delivery of the LOW telescope to Operation. Within the LOW TDT the AIV lead engineer provides engineering support and leadership, both in her/his specific discipline and across the entire LOW telescope; in collaboration with the SKA LOW Technical TDT is responsible of the L1 verification of the LOW telescope. The LOW AIV Lead Engineer reports to the SKA Project Engineer. The role will be based in Australia (Geraldton).
Key Responsibilities, Accountabilities and Duties
Specific job responsibilities include but not limited to:
- Responsibility for the LOW System Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) processes for SKAO, in coordination with the LOW 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 LOW 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 (LOW AIV PDT) needed for the System AIV preparation and execution.
- During the verification phase on site, the AIV Lead Engineer will maintain overall responsibility for coordination of AIV activities on site, in collaboration with the Site Manager
- Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the SKA Project Engineer or a member of SKA Organization Senior Management
- 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
Mandatory Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- University degree in Engineering or Physics, another closely related and relevant field, or equivalent expertise;
- Strong systems engineering background in a complex systems development environment
- Proven experience in AIV for large and complex projects in a leading role of integrated teams;
- Strong leadership skills and interpersonal soft skills; able to drive the establishment of a proactive and dynamic team culture where all team members are encouraged and supported to operate to their full capability.
- Experience in international projects with the ability to work effectively with and engineers and scientists from a variety of cultures, including in projects with in-kind contribution organisation.
- Good overall Systems, Software and Hardware integration experience.
- Managing technical and engineering change across internal stakeholders
- Good English oral and written communication skills and the ability to influence people in widely differing parts of a complex organisation.
- Willing to travel, nationally and internationally, and work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends;
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- Familiarity with telescopes based on radio interferometry, including experience with debugging interferometers at an early stage of development.
- Membership of, or eligibility for, recognised national or international system engineering institutes;