BackgroundThe 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 telescopes. When complete the TMT will be one of the most powerful ground-based optical/infrared telescope in the world, providing the capability to study exciting astronomical problems from the nature of extra-solar planets to the first stars in the universe. An international collaboration consisting of the University of California, the California Institute of Technology, Canada, Japan, India and China has been formed to deliver this exciting observatory. The TMT Project Office is located in Pasadena, CA, USA. The development of the various telescope systems will be distributed amongst the TMT partner institutions, collaborators, industry, and the Project Office. The TMT project recently entered construction and will be completed and ready for science operations in the late 2020s. Reporting to the Science Instrument Group Leader, the Science Instrument Project Managers will play pivotal roles in the delivery of TMT’s early light instruments. The TMT project is looking for individuals who are self-motivated team players and excited by the opportunity to work on a highly visible, world class, international project that will significantly advance our understanding of the universe. The successful candidate will have the vision, experience, and dedication to ensure the successful delivery of their assigned instrument and will be proactive and innovative in his/her approach to meeting project goals within the constraints of schedule and budget.For additional details and to see the latest about the project, please visit: www.tmt.org.Job SummaryThe TMT project includes the development of three science instruments to be delivered for use at the TMT Observatory at first light. These include IRIS, the Infra-Red Imaging Spectrograph, WFOS, the Wide-Field Optical Spectrograph, and MODHIS, the Multi-Object Diffraction-limited High-Resolution Infrared Spectrograph. Each instrument is being designed and built by an international consortium, according to the requirements, and the overall budget and schedule, defined by the TMT Project Office. The Project Office is currently recruiting two Science Instrument Project Managers to oversee the development of IRIS and WFOS respectively. The position of Science Instrument Project Manager is an exciting hybrid role where the selected individuals will play the dual role of providing contract oversight from within the Project Office but also serve as the instrument’s overall Project Manager and as such work directly within the design team. Significant travel is expected as part of this position, including trips to Canada, China, Japan, India, and to the observatory site on the Big Island of Hawaii during the integration and commissioning phase of the project. These positions are based at the Project Office in Pasadena, CA.About the instruments for these two positionsIRIS is an adaptive optics (AO)-assisted imager and spectrograph. IRIS is envisioned as a workhorse instrument designed to enable first light capabilities enabling a broad range of science. Specifically, IRIS offers a diffraction-limited imager that relays the on-axis portion of its beam to a spectrograph that provides the user two separate sampling techniques. To maximize its utility, IRIS includes a broad range of filters and gratings. As an AO-assisted instrument, IRIS also includes three on-instrument wavefront sensors and further provides its own field de-rotation. IRIS is currently in its final design phase.WFOS is an optical spectrograph and envisioned as a workhorse instrument that operates over a wide field-of-view in a seeing-limited capacity. The WFOS instrument is currently in the early phase of its conceptual design and an international team is being formed. The instrument will offer multi-object spectroscopy for science targets discretely selected from within its field. Both IRIS and WFOS have been prioritized by the TMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC).Job Duties The following is a list of job duties, minimum requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities a candidate for the position of Science Instrument Project Manager.
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