TMT International Observatory, LLC - Thirty Meter Telescope
June 4, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Aerospace - Design, Aerospace - Project / Program Management, Aerospace - Research and Development, Aerospace Engineering
4 Year Degree
TMT International Observatory, LLC is a non-profit corporation managing the development and construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), a large optical-infrared telescope to be built by an international partnership. The Instrumentation Department is responsible for design, fabrication and test of the adaptive optics systems, and of the three first-light science instruments for TMT. Reporting to Instrumentation Department Head, the Senior Instrumentation Optical Engineer will lead optical design, analysis and test engineering activities for the instrumentation department, and will sometimes be asked to provide technical consultation and assistance for the telescope optical systems. The Senior Instrumentation Optical Engineer will play a key role in the design, fabrication and test of the adaptive optics systems and science instruments including working collaboratively with internal staff, suppliers, and international partners in US, Canada, Japan, China and India.
The Senior Instrumentation Optical Engineer will be fully cognizant of all aspects of the optical design, analysis, manufacturing and test of the TMT adaptive optics systems and science first-light instruments, including performing the following activities on a regular basis:
Define and/or review optical parameters requirements, and error budgets for the adaptive optics systems and first-light science instruments and support the preparation of requirement and interface control documents
Monitor and review optical design activities by international partner institutions & suppliers for the adaptive optics systems and first-light science instruments. Evaluate the performance and manufacturing and testing ability of these.
Lead or monitor optical alignment and acceptance testing for optical components of the adaptive optics systems and first-light science instruments
Write technical reports including, but not limited to design requirement documents, interface control documents, optical design reports, optical alignment plans and verification and validation plans.
Prepare and deliver technical presentations
Participate or lead the technical contract management of one or several sub-systems or optical components developed by TMT partners or industrial suppliers
A degree in optical design, optical engineering or equivalent; advanced degree preferred
10 years of experience in optical analysis, design and engineering of large optical systems
Significant experience in procuring sophisticated optical systems and monitoring vendors
Experience in system engineering, project management, and/or technical contract management is a positive factor
Experience with large optical telescopes is a positive factor
The project office is located in Pasadena and residence in the area is required.
Regular international travels to visit suppliers within the US, Europe and in Canada, China, India and Japan will be necessary in order to fulfill the duties of this position.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The Senior Instrumentation Optical Engineer must have strong personal skills, including all of the following:
Excellent organization skills
Good interpersonal skills
Strong communication skills
Ability to write clear and concise technical documents
A cooperative team-player who strives to make the team successful
Ability to multi-task a substantial number of parallel activities
Practical problem solving skills including an analytical approach
Fluency in Mandarin Chinese or Japanese is a positive factor
The Senior Instrumentation Optical Engineer must have strong technical skills in many of the following areas:
Advanced knowledge and expertise with optical design tools (e.g Zemax or Code V) and methods
Advanced knowledge and experience with specifications of optical systems, instrumentation, and methods for optical system fabrication, alignment and test
Experience preparing and reviewing optical component fabrication drawing
Advanced knowledge of diffraction theory and stray light analysis
Familiarity with astronomical adaptive optics systems and their optical components, cryogenic optics, spectrometers, and laser optics preferred
A demonstrated ability to develop optical designs and requirements from system performance requirements
The Senior Instrumentation Optical Engineer must have good project management skills in many of the following areas:
Developing and managing to a schedule and a budget
Preparing Statements of Work
Knowledge of earned-value reporting
Product Assurance and Quality Assurance knowledge
Experience with Failure Mode Effects Analysis
Experience in technical contract management
TMT is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About TMT International Observatory, LLC - Thirty Meter Telescope
The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project has been established to design, build and eventually operate an Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) with a primary mirror diameter of 30 meters. ELT’s will be the successors of the present day 8-10 meter world class telescopes. When complete the TMT will be the largest ground based optical/infrared telescope in the northern hemisphere providing the capability to study exciting astronomical problems from the nature of extra-solar planets to the first stars in the universe. TMT is looking for self-motivated individuals who are excited by the opportunity to join a highly-visible international project that will significantly advance our understanding of the universe.
TMT offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including impressive retirement plan. If you are interested in applying for employment with TMT and need additional information, contact our Human Resources department at (626) 395-1601 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.