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CTA is a global endeavour expected to cost in the region of €300 million for equipment and an additional 1,500 person-years of effort. Imminent site preparations and construction of CTA’s first telescopes have prompted a significant recruiting effort.

 

The project office is responsible for the functions of general project management, technical coordination and system integration for the CTA construction project. While most positions will be located in Bologna, some will be located on the CTA sites in Chile and La Palma.

 

In addition to CTAO gGmbH/Project Office employment opportunities, this page will feature PhD positions with CTA’s Consortium institutes.

 

All applications and enquires should be sent to recruitment@cta-observatory.org.

 

CTAO gGmbH is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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CTAO gGmbH / Project Office Positions

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is an international effort to build the next generation ground-based observatory for gamma-ray astronomy at very-high energies with more than 100 telescopes located in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. About 200 research institutions from 32 countries conceived CTA and are involved in designing and prototyping.

 

The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) with its Project Office in Bologna (Italy) is responsible for the construction and operation of the two CTA observatory sites, one in the Northern hemisphere on La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain) and one in the Southern hemisphere in Chile, as well as the Science Data Management Centre in Berlin-Zeuthen (Germany). CTA will be the world’s largest and most sensitive instrument for high-energy gamma-ray astronomy with the detailed design and preparation well underway. It will be built with a significant amount of in-kind contributions from participating institutions.

 

For its Project Office, the CTAO is seeking a Senior Data Management Specialist.

 

CTA will generate a vast amount of data similar in scale to modern observatories, large particle physics detectors or “big data” industries. As part of the CTAO Computing Team, the holder of the position will participate in coordinating the work package Data Processing and Preservation System (DPPS), with the possibility to move to the coordination role in the future. The DPPS is the part of CTA that not only manages this data, but also is responsible for processing it down to a form usable by scientists and for simulating the data (of similar volume) needed to characterize the instrument. This processing requires a complex chain of algorithms running in parallel at multiple data centers, and represents an exciting challenge for the application of modern computing technologies. He/she will collaborate with personnel from the Systems Engineering and the Project Management team of the CTA Project Office in Bologna, the array sites in La Palma and Chile, the Science Data Management Center in Berlin, in-kind contributor institutions and industry in an international team.

 

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Coordinate the work for the construction of the system responsible for data processing and preservation
  • Drive forward the requirements definition, detailed design and interface specification
  • Define workflows and best practices for data processing and archiving
  • Support the definition and maintenance of the CTA data model
  • Technical steering of the contributions delivered in-kind and from industrial partners
  • Implement software development processes, quality assurance, and software engineering practices, tailored to data-driven software

 

Reports to:

CTAO Computing Coordinator

 

Qualification and Experience:

  • An advanced degree in a scientific, system engineering, software management, or computer science field.
  • A minimum of five years of experience with software development including all aspects of the software lifecycle: management, architecture, design, code, test, integration, deployment, and maintenance.
  • Experience in science operations in an observatory ordatabase definitions would be a huge plus.

 

Key competences:

  • Ability to understand and communicate complex technical and scientific information
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills with an eye for detail, precision and consistency
  • Excellent communication skills and a command of English are essential
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player in an international, multi-cultural, distributed and complex project environment

 

Remuneration and Contract:

CTAO offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary.

The contract is an open term contract subject to successful completion of the probation period.

 

Duty Station:

CTAO Science Data Management Center in Berlin (Germany) with frequent visits to the CTAO Headquarter in Bologna (Italy) and contributor sites.

 

Application:

Applications with full CV and a cover letter in English should be sent to recruitment@cta-observatory.org, indicating position reference “Expert in data management” and the names of three referees with contact details. By submitting applications candidates acknowledge we might contact referees at any stage of the process without prior notice.

 

CTA is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit www.cta-observatory.org, or contact the CTAO Computing Coordinator Dr. Stefan Schlenstedt stefan.schlenstedt@cta-observatory.org, or the CTA Project Manager Dr. Wolfgang Wild, wolfgang.wild@cta-observatory.org.

 

Closing date: June 25, 2019

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is an international effort to build the next generation ground-based observatory for gamma-ray astronomy at very-high energies with more 118 telescopes located in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. About 200 research institutions from 31 countries conceived CTA and are involved in designing and prototyping.

 

The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) with its Project Office in Bologna (Italy) is responsible for the construction and operation of the two CTA observatory sites, one in the Northern hemisphere on La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain) and one in the Southern hemisphere in Chile, as well as the Science Data Management Centre in Berlin-Zeuthen (Germany). CTA will be the world’s largest and most sensitive instrument for high-energy gamma-ray astronomy with the detailed design and preparation well underway. It will be built with a significant amount of in-kind contributions from participating institutions.

 

For its Project Office in Bologna (Italy), the CTAO is seeking a skilled Project Controller. Working closely with the CTA Project Manager, the Project Office staff and the distributed in-kind contribution teams to provide overall project control, including collecting and processing planning, schedule and financial information, progress measurement and project reporting. The Project Controller is responsible for delivering and maintaining the integrated project schedule across the CTA construction project, monitor progress and generate progress reports. The role requires close liaison with engineering, scientific and administrative staff at the CTAO headquarter in Bologna (Italy), the contributing institutions in Europe, Asia and North America and the CTA hosting organizations on the Canary Islands (Spain), in Chile and Berlin (Germany).

 

 

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Establish project control baselines i.e. for cost and schedule
  • Establish, monitor and update a set of detailed project schedules for all areas of the CTA construction project using standard coding and work breakdown structures and information from in-kind contribution teams
  • Set up needed systems and tools
  • Work closely with CTAO staff and in-kind contributors to obtain necessary schedule information
  • Using schedule information and cost estimates, establish the required funding profile and cash flow requirements for the realization of the CTA construction project
  • Perform schedule control by determining critical path analysis, planned value, earned value, schedule variance and recommend corrective actions as required
  • Report to the CTA Project Manager on schedule condition, delivery status, etc.
  • Initiate and prepare periodic project reports

 

Reports to:

CTA Project Manager

 

Qualification and Experience:

 

CTAO seeks an experienced project controller with a track record in internationally distributed projects, ideally in the science field. Applicants should have:

  • Qualification to university degree level, or equivalent expertise
  • A demonstrated ability to create, maintain, analyse and report on integrated schedules for medium to large complex projects
  • A proven record and demonstrated ability to develop, roll out, maintain, and generate reports in medium to large complex projects
  • Knowledge of international project management principles, practices and standards
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency using project management tools and computer-based project systems

 

Key competences:

 

  • The ability to work effectively in an international, multi-cultural and complex project environment
  • Good teamwork skills including the ability to integrate in a large team
  • Good oral and written communication skills, allowing to effectively communicate within the CTAO and with project participants
  • Excellent command of the English language; additional knowledge of Spanish and/or other European languages would be an advantage
  • Experience in project control in a research or scientific environment will be considered an advantage

 

Remuneration and Contract:

CTAO offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary.

The contract is an open term contract subject to successful completion of the probation period.

 

Duty Station:

CTAO Project Office in Bologna, Italy, with some travel to CTA telescope and participants sites.

 

Application:

Applications with full CV and a cover letter in English should be sent to recruitment@cta-observatory.org, indicating position reference “CTA Project Controller” and the names of three referees with contact details.

By submitting applications candidates acknowledge we might contact referees at any stage of the process without prior notice.

 

CTA is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit www.cta-observatory.org, or contact CTA Project Manager Dr. Wolfgang Wild, wolfgang.wild@cta-observatory.org.

 

Closing date: 30 June 2019

CTA Consortium Positions

 

Nothing to report at this time.