Career Opportunities with the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (Deadline July 1, 2014)

The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation (CFHT) operates a major optical telescope on Maunakea on the island of Hawai’i. We are launching a project that will transform the observatory into an advanced, modern and unique facility capable of shedding light upon the biggest questions confronting 21st century astrophysics. The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) project involves upgrading the current 3.6 meter general-use facility with a new telescope of 10 meter aperture, new enclosure, and incorporating dedicated leading-edge technology and highly-multiplexed spectrometers. The MSE project team will lead the development and coordination of international partnerships and plans, to ultimately bring this ten year duration, > $200M project to a successful conclusion.

We are searching for the following talented team members to join us as we take these conceptual plans to a scientific reality:

Project Manager

The Project Manager will be responsible for the overall management and technical direction of the MSE development and for the construction being carried out by CFHT. Responsibilities include preparing the construction proposal, maintaining the integrity of the project schedule and the deliverables, and promoting the MSE project to international communities. Professional qualifications: An advanced degree in physical science or engineering, or equivalent knowledge and experience; an established track record of success in managing large technical projects; and experience with development, procurement and deployment of new scientific instrumentation or facilities. Experience in the management of international scientific projects is highly desirable.

Project Scientist

The Project Scientist will be responsible for leading the scientific development of the MSE in collaboration with team members. Responsibilities include the development of a detailed science case, science requirements and operational concept for the MSE; development of the commissioning plan and leading the commissioning work. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, with an excellent record of research publications in peer-reviewed journals and international recognition within their field. Previous experience with scientific instrumentation or facility development and in astronomical research observations that are closely aligned with the science case for the MSE is highly desirable.

These positions are based at the observatory headquarters in Waimea, Hawaii. We offer competitive, comprehensive benefits package including off-island relocation assistance and private school (K-12) tuition support for dependent children. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience.

For more information and to apply please visit us at:

Please apply by 30 June 2014 as the first review of applications will start on 1 July 2014. The position will remain open until filled.

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