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|SKA-Mid Telescope Domain Specialist||Closing date: 2022-04-29
Contact: Hiring Manager
|A unique opportunity for a senior engineer to join an international team and participate in the construction, verification and commissioning of one of the largest scientific facilities on the planet.|
|The SKA-Mid Telescope Domain Specialist is a member of the SKA-Mid Telescope Delivery Team (TDT), a multidisciplinary team responsible for the ?delivery? of the SKA-Mid Telescope. Within the team, the SKA-Mid Telescope Domain Specialist will provide engineering support and leadership, both in their specific discipline and across the entire SKA-Mid Telescope. Working in collaboration with the SKAO System Scientists, they are responsible for the performance of the SKA-Mid Telescope.
The SKA-Mid Telescope Domain Specialist reports to the SKAO Project Engineer.
This role will be based at the SKAO Global Headquarters at Jodrell Bank, UK, and will require occasional travel and liaising with colleagues located overseas.
In line with our Flexible Working Policy, flexibility around working hours may be accommodated in agreement with the Line Manager where operationally viable, ensuring telescope delivery is not impacted.
Key Responsibilities, Accountabilities and Duties
- Provide guidance, advice and technical leadership in the area of domain expertise for the SKA MID Telescope, as a member of the MID Telescope Delivery Team (TDT), both at a system level and in their area of expertise.
- Support the SKA Project Engineer and SKA System Scientist in leading engineering analysis, technical notes, and engineering reports as required.
- Advise the TDT Project Manager on technical risks and performance compliance.
- Identify and manage any technical issues through engineering analysis.
- Apply a systemic approach to problem solving, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the work area?s technology and process.
- Lead team projects, and provide specialist assistance to working groups, colleagues and engineering project managers.
- Support and advise on system design and verification work for the MID Telescope.
- Represent SKAO at technical professional forums to keep up to date with best practice within a specialist engineering field.
- Occasionally travel nationally and internationally as required.
- Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the SKA Project Engineer or a member of SKAO Senior Leadership Team.
Mandatory Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- Degree in Physics, Engineering or another closely related and relevant field, or equivalent experience.
- Substantial experience in the engineering of large, high-value research and development projects; radio astronomy, astronomy, telecommunications or defence - or a broad technical knowledge of the engineering of high technology systems, such as large observatories, space systems, telecommunications networks, nuclear power plants, etc.
- Proven experience in one or more of the following fields as specialist engineer:
a. Radio Frequency (in the MID operational Frequency Band);
b. Antenna and Feed design, including experience in cryogenic systems;
c. Beam Forming and Phased array, including experience of calibration techniques;
d. ADC and digital signal processing, including correlation techniques;
e. Mechatronic and mechanical design of telescope/antenna infrastructures;
f. Verification of complex systems;
g. Software development and integration for scientific projects.
- Experience in working with international projects and scientists from a variety of cultures, including projects with 'in-kind' contribution.
- Experience in leading diverse professional staff/project teams with the ability to coach and mentor.
- Ability to seek out and examine a range of information to identify patterns, trends and options, to solve multifaceted and complex problems, and apply this with due consideration to the specific operating context of SKAO.
- Effective oral and written communication skills in English with the ability to influence people in widely differing parts of a complex organisation.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- Membership of, or eligibility for, a recognised national or international engineering institute.
- 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 telescopes based on radio interferometry, including experience with debugging interferometers at an early stage of development.
Full details & apply here: https://recruitment.skao.int/vacancy/-skamid-telescope-domain-specialist-477523.html
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