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Radio Astronomy Technology Manager
Organizational Unit: Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
Language Requirements: English.
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We are looking for a mid- to-senior-career Radio Astronomy Technology Manager to support our Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre. The Manager would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.
The Radio Astronomy Technology Manager provides leadership of the radio astronomy technology team at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Penticton, British Columbia. They provide strategic planning and key decision making for the radio astronomy technology team. They ensure that the needed communication and interfaces happen between diverse discipline groups within the team, and between the team and the broader community at NRC/HAA, within Canada, and internationally.
They are responsible for ensuring that research & development activities are defined and executed to allow us to reach our strategic development goals, and for providing the appropriate scientific and technical oversight of these activities. Through their actions they ensure that the science motivation of projects and research & development activities are responsive to the research community needs, and are clearly understood by the team.
They actively liaise with the other HAA Directorates, other NRC research centres, the Canadian radio astronomy university research community, international observatories, other international government astronomy research laboratories, and industry partners, to develop collaborations and future project opportunities for the team and to ensure that existing project are meeting the scientific and technical needs of the community.
They manage the overall radio astronomy technology program, ensuring that activities are appropriately executed, resource requirements are satisfied, and that projects are meeting their scientific and technical as well as cost and schedule objectives.
**As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Priority may be given to candidates who self-identify.
Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:
Ph.D in astronomy, or a B.Eng., B.Sc., B.A.Sc. in a related discipline of engineering or physics is required. A postgraduate degree in a relevant field of engineering or science would be considered an asset.
Formal training in project management would also be considered an asset.
Designation as a Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) from the Project Management Institute (PMI) would be considered an asset.
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•Experience in managing large, complex, multi-disciplinary and multi-partner teams, possibly including large, complex organizations (e.g., universities, research institutes, government departments);
•Experience interacting with practicing research astronomers on science project development activities; and
•Experience in radio astronomy technology, including analog and digital signal processing, aperture synthesis, interferometry, and overall radio telescope systems design.
•Experience in the following areas would be an asset:
o Working in international collaborations;
o Systems engineering, or formal training in systems engineering;
o Business development, marketing activities, and/or the development of partnerships and collaborations;
o Design, production, and commissioning of digital and analog electronic instrumentation systems or similar technology;
o Conducting research in radio astronomy science and/or technology, including publishing.
Condition of Employment
All employees of the National Research Council are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
•Knowledge of radio astronomy science that enables assessment of key technical requirements for a development activity, especially as to whether the requirements enable the desired science;
•Knowledge of radio astronomy technology; and
•Knowledge of project management principles and practices.
•Management services – Communication (Level 3)
•Management services – Teamwork (Level 3)
•Management services – Client focus (Level 3)
•NRC-Wide – Valuing people (Level 2)
•Technology extension – Results orientation (Level 2)
For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profiles: Management Services; NRC Wide; Technology Extension
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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC’s directives.
The intent of this hiring action is to staff this position at the RCO-3 level, which is a mid-to-senior- career level position with a salary range of $105,785 to $123,393.
NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels. Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level. As such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO/RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position).
NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
•A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
•Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
•The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
•We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (12722) to:
Closing Date: 17 December 2021 – 23:59 Eastern Time