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Current Positions:

  • Observatory Manager
  • Safety Officer (scroll down)


Observatory Manager


Overview

The [Simons Observatory] (SO) is an $80 million dollar project supported by the Simons Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and member organizations, dedicated to understanding how the universe originated and evolved over the past 13.8 billion years.

The SO project began in 2016 and is comprised of the design and deployment of four special-purpose telescopes, a high-altitude site, and cryogenic detectors. The SO will collect a comprehensive range of data spanning angular scales from one arcminute to nearly 70% of the sky visible from its site in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, at an altitude of 5200 meters (17,200 feet) above sea level.

The Simons Observatory is comprised of over 40 institutions world-wide with over 300 participating members, representing scientific/academic/educational personnel, engineers,managers, and other parties. Upon completion, SO will be the largest, most ambitious observatory of its kind designed to probe the composition and evolution of the entire universe. The Simons Observatory Project Office at UC San Diego is responsible for the construction and operation of the Simons Observatory.

The Simons Observatory is currently completing its civil construction phase and will be installing the site utility systems in late 2021 and early 2022. Telescopes and Instruments will be installed in 2021-2023.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Simons Observatory Project Office, the Observatory Manager will manage the engineering staff through the completion of civil construction, the implementation of the site utility systems (power, cooling, etc.), supporting the installation of the instruments, transitioning to operations, and science operations. Along with management of the engineering staff, the Observatory Manager will report to the Simons Observatory Project Office on schedule, cost, and other observatory metrics. The Observatory Manager will be the point of contact with all Chilean vendors hired by the site. The Observatory Manager will work with the Simons Observatory Safety Manager and Safety Office to ensure the safe operation of the observatory and all activities on the observatory site.

Skills & Experience

Required: Fluency in Spanish and English

Required: Understanding of labor and construction regulatory compliance

Required: Experience interacting with Chilean vendors and contractors

Preferred: experience in an observatory management role or similar.

Preferred: Experience developing budgets and tracking costs

Preferred: Experience developing and tracking schedules

Preferred: Experience in site safety, health, and environmental best practices

Special Conditions

The Observatory Manager will be expected to work a standard 9x5 shift schedule, being located in San Pedro and on-call during their shift. Housing in San Pedro can be provided if necessary.


Apply to:

[Leah Valmidiano], Deputy Director, UC San Diego Simons Observatory Project Office, at lvalmidiano@ucsd.edu

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Applications must be received by **September 15, 2021** to receive full consideration. We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible and will be accepting applications until the position is filled.


**Safety Manager**

Position Overview

Reporting to the Observatory Manager, the Safety Manager will manage the Simons Observatory Safety Office and Safety Officers. The Safety Manager will be responsible for:

- Assuring that the Simons Observatory site is a safe site operated following best practices

- Managing the safety officer and working with the safety officer to always have an on-site safety presence.

- Working with the site engineers to ensure regulatory compliance in installed systems.

- Ensuring labor regulatory compliance on-site

- Maintaining and developing safety policy and best practices documents

- Working with the instrument teams to review all instrument installation and maintenance procedures from a safety perspective

Skills & Experience

Required: prevencionista certification

Required: experience in safety policy development

Required: working knowledge of Chilean Norms and Regulations around power generation, electrical power distribution, safety equipment placement, and work at high elevation

Preferred: experience in safety management

Preferred: experience at high elevation

Special Conditions

The Safety Manager will be expected to work a standard 9x5 shift schedule, being located in San Pedro and on-call during their shift. Housing in San Pedro can be provided if necessary.

Apply to:

[Leah Valmidiano], Deputy Director, UC San Diego Simons Observatory Project Office, at lvalmidiano@ucsd.edu

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Applications must be received by **September 15, 2021** to receive full consideration. We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible and will be accepting applications until the position is filled.