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Systems Architect (Deputy Assist Director (4754)

Company: National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Location: Albuquerque
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

National Radio Astronomy ObservatoryPosition Description: Position SummaryThe National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is seeking to recruit an experienced technical leader to the role of Systems Architect for the Data Management and Software (DMS) Department. A leader in the Observatory, the Systems Architect is responsible for the design and operation of the Scientific Information Services (SIS) supporting the acquisition, archiving, and processing of scientific data from the NRAOs existing world class telescopes, as well as proposed future telescopes such as the ngVLA. The Systems Architect leads the analysis of software implementations, workflows, and scientific requirements to define the correct combination of IT systems and components to meet DMS and science operations objectives. The DMS Systems Architect understands the software, hardware, and user interactions, integrations, and interfaces. This position is considered a senior leadership level role responsible for managing the group(s) responsible for the maintenance and operations of Observatory Science Information services including programmatic, technical, and all personnel aspects. The preferred location for the position will be based at one of NRAO Sites (Charlottesville VA, Socorro or Albuquerque NM). A remote work arrangement within the continental United States may be possible for highly qualified applicants.In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. NRAOs retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participants base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.Job Duties SummaryResponsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Manages all programmatic, technical, and personnel aspects of the Science Information Services Division.
  • Provides programmatic management involving oversight of; development planning and budgets of the groups within the SIS including regular reporting on implementation status, compliance with deadlines, with periodic presentations to NRAO senior management or advisory bodies in formal or informal reviews.
  • Responsible for providing coherent and dependable planning across the division, following also the Observatory project management procedures. Maintains pro-active interactions with the other departments that act as stakeholders and users.
  • Leads the analysis of software systems to ensure efficient performance of DMS Software, and works with software implementation teams to resolve inefficiencies.
  • Leads the observatory effort with respect to science data archive infrastructure and provisioning.
  • Specifies and coordinates data processing and instrument specific hardware definition, procurement and technical operation.
  • Provides technical assistance and computing support for new instrument capabilities and external projects.
  • Ensures the efficient operation of Scientific Services.
  • Personnel management Involves building and maintain a culture of mutual collaboration and trust, accountability, and excellence within the SIS Division and with the division Stakeholders. The incumbent will seek to increase the diversity and inclusion of the SIS Division workforce through robust recruiting and hiring practices. The administrative part of this work involves review of timesheets and periodic performance reviews, including interacting with the Human Resources and Business departments of the Observatory when necessary.
  • Works closely with DMS System Scientist and DMS Software Architect to design and implement Enterprise and System Architecture.
  • Provides consultancy and support on request of the Assistant Director for Data Management and Software and other senior management on any matters that are relevant for NRAO.Work EnvironmentWork is typically performed in an office setting within a research or development environment. Ability to travel by air carrier both domestic and international is required.Position Requirements: Minimum Education
    • Bachelor's degree in computer science, physics, or astronomy is required.Minimum Experience
      • At least 7 years of successful, relevant, and documented experience acquired in the design and operation of an information services infrastructure, preferably within a scientific environment.
      • Demonstrated experience with infrastructure project planning (definition, documentation, tracking, budget management) from project inception through the operations phase.
      • Demonstrated experience with software development practices/methodology: requirements gathering, analysis/design, development, configuration control, integration and test. Experience with multiple methodologies, including agile, is desirable.
      • Ability and domain competence to interact effectively with a team of expert /highly experienced IT professionals at the Observatory and the capacity to take initiatives to improve on present practices when appropriate.
      • Demonstrated experience with modern high performance / high throughput technologies (SLURM, HT-Condor, Lustre) and cluster management systems.
      • Experience managing and working with a geographically distributed team.Preferred Education
        • Advanced degree in a related field is desirable.Preferred Experience
          • Relevant experience or familiarity with Astronomy and Observatories.Competency Summary
            • Strong interpersonal skills and clear English communication, both verbal and written.
            • Disciplined highly organized leadership and management.
            • Experienced technical problem solver both as individual contributor and leader.Additional RequirementThe Observatory requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access our facilities.An offer of employment will be considered contingent until the selected applicant provides proof of vaccination.A selected applicant may request consideration for an accommodation for a disability or for a sincerely held religious belief.Application Instructions: Select the Apply button. Please be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a cover letter describing interest and suitability for the position.Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: AUI is an equal opportunity employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view our complete statement, please visit If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.PM20PI200503960

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