Electronic Group Supervisor

California, United States
09 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
09 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Summary

Under general direction from the observatory site superintendent, this position directs and manages daily operation of the Palomar Observatory electronics group, consisting of 6-8 electronic systems engineers, physical plant electricians, and electronic technicians. In addition to supervising the electronics group, this position assists with all observatory systems engineering tasks, including planning, design, integration, and documentation of observatory telescope control systems. This position contributes to scientific instrumentation diagnosis and repair. This position coaches technicians, electricians, and junior-level engineers in proper engineering practice.

Job Duties

  • Provides direct supervision and guidance to all electronic group personnel (consisting of 6 employees) to ensure tasks are completed timely and accurately.  25%
  • Schedules and coordinates both planned and routine electronic group projects and activities, including telescope control upgrades, instrument setups, and observatory site-wide electrical upgrades. 20%
  • Provides training and technical expertise and guidance to electrical group staff in the performance of operational tasks. 15%
  • Plans and directs telescope control upgrade tasks. 10%
  • Participates in all observatory engineering activities, including, but not limited to, diagnosis and repair of scientific instrumentation and upgrades to observatory network systems. 8%
  • Collaborates with the observatory site superintendent and other site supervisors on short and long range strategic planning; establishes priorities for general electrical maintenance, repairs, and improvements.  5%
  • Documents and reviews policies and procedures; may provide input and recommendations for procedural improvements and revisions. 5%
  • Conducts and/or provides input on employee performance and training evaluations. 5%
  • Participates in the design review of electrical and network system upgrades and/or additions. 4%
  • Collaborates with the site superintendent to provide recommendations on various personnel actions including hiring and progressive discipline matters. 2%
  • Responds in person, or by phone to emergencies and problems as needed. 1%

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in science or engineering related field
  • Minimum of 7 years' experience in research and/or telescope control systems and scientific instrumentation
  • Must have a valid CA driver’s license at the time of employment and be able to maintain it throughout the course of employment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree in science or engineering related field plus 5 years experience in telescope control systems and scientific instrumentation
  • Previous project management and/or supervisor experience
  • Previous experience in observatory operation

Required Documents

  • Resume

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