Lead Mechanical Engineering Technologist Job Posting for the Gemini Infrared Multi-object Spectrograph Project

Your opportunity:
Join a small but talented and motivated team of scientists and engineering staff at the forefront of astrophysical instrument design. The GIRMOS team is seeking someone experienced in mechanical engineering fundamentals to be responsible for performing and overseeing design and analysis tasks, and then taking the results of that work, and seeing it through to production, assembly, integration, and commissioning. Your initial tasks will be to model and analyze the design of a cutting-edge infrared spectrograph, the Gemini Infrared Multi-Object Spectrograph (GIRMOS), which is being developed by a consortium of Canadian universities and government labs. Led by the University of Toronto, GIRMOS is a next generation scientific instrument that will be commissioned at the Gemini Observatory located on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

Your responsibilities will include:
-Creating finite element models for structural and vibration analysis of the instrument.
-Working with the team on ways to improve the design.
-Technical oversight on the program’s or a subsystem’s development.
-Assessing how well the current design meets requirements.
-Designing modifying, and fabricating custom machine parts.
-Creating and updating complex and technical documentation such as structural and vibration analysis reports.
-Designing custom equipment.
-Analyzing and recommending options for project design.
-Developing plans that support research collaborations and advanced technologies.
-Creating and reviewing technical drawing sets for manufacturing
-Coordinating project activities with external partners from other institutions and agencies.
-Serving as a resource on specific issues to a group of specialists.

Essential Qualifications:
-Bachelor’s Degree in applied science or engineering in mechanical, mechatronic, optomechanical, or acceptable combination of training and equivalent experience.
-Minimum of six to seven years’ engineering experience.
-Three to four years’ experience providing technical and engineering leadership in the development of complex systems.
-Experience creating and analyzing finite element models in ANSYS or equivalent.
-Experience with solid modelling in CAD (SolidWorks preferred).
-Experience with tolerance analysis.
-Experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) standards.
-Experience producing production drawings from CAD models.
-Experience with DFMA (design for manufacturing and assembly).
-Experience with vibration analysis/designing vibration isolation mounts.
-Familiarity with metrology equipment, methods, and techniques.
-Experience with assembly and integration of highly complex systems.
-Experience working with and managing output of vendors.

Assets (Nonessential):
-Experience working with PDM software (SolidWorks PDM or 3D experience preferred).
-Experience with thermal analysis/designing or using thermal insulation systems specifically geared towards cryogenic environments (experience working with Cryostats).
-Experience with optical alignment techniques.
-Experience with electromechanical design and build.
-Experience with motion control systems.
-Familiarity with manufacturing.

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Radio Astronomy Systems Engineer

City: Penticton
Organizational Unit: Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
Classification: RCO
Tenure: Term
Duration: 3 years
Language Requirements: English
Deadline: September 16, 2022

The National Research Council of Canada’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre (NRC-HAA), is looking for a Radio Astronomy Systems Engineer to lead our development of systems engineering processes at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO). DRAO is located in Penticton, British Columbia, and the site of several established telescopes and the location of the active design and construction of components for current and future facilities including the Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Square Kilometer Array (SKA).

The Radio Astronomy Systems Engineer will be a member of the DRAO Systems team, reporting to the Radio Systems team lead. They will be responsible for leading the development of efficient, standard systems engineering tools and processes across the DRAO and guiding various teams in the development of their specific requirements, interfaces, test plans and other systems engineering deliverables.

Some of the responsibilities for this position include:
• Build and implement a consistent and formal framework of systems engineering processes, tools and standards for DRAO.
• Lead the development and adoption of a requirements management system tailored to meet the needs of specific projects.
• Guide the development of verification, integration and test plans for technical systems.
• Guide teams to develop requirements and Interface Control Documents (ICDs) as well as assist in writing, reviewing, and providing feedback on these draft documents.
• Guide the setup of configuration control of technical systems, both in development and in operations.
• Support the setup of the systems engineering change control review and release process.
• Work with project managers to develop work- and product-breakdown structures for projects.
• Work with project managers to identify synergies across projects to ensure maximal design reusability.
• Work with subsystem groups and systems engineering to develop system wide performance allocation and resource budgets including radio astronomy science performance metrics, mass, heat dissipation, power requirements, cooling requirements.
• Work with subsystem groups and systems engineering to define the architectures for signal chain, control systems, communication and information systems, observatory safety systems, and services including power and coolant.

Screening Criteria
Priority will be given to the following designated employment equity groups: women, Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.

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:

Bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering, mechatronics, robotics engineering or a related discipline.

For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency.

• At least 3 years of systems engineering experience.
• At least 3 years of multi-disciplinary engineering experience, being involved in a wide variety of fields that contribute to the development of a technical system.
• Experience working in a team environment with engineering staff to develop requirements, interfaces and test plans.
• Experience writing formal requirements in radio astronomy or a related field such as radar or satcom using requirements capture and management software.

Condition of Employment
Reliability Status

Language requirements

Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies
• Proficient in the use of systems engineering practices and tools.
• Clear understanding of the fundamentals of various engineering disciplines such as electronic, mechanical and software engineering.
• Demonstrated ability to write formal requirements using requirements capture and management software.
• Knowledge of radio astronomy, radar or satcom technologies including analog and digital systems, software and mechanical systems would be considered an asset.

Behavioural Competencies
For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profiles: Research.
• Research – Communication (Level 2)
• Research – Results orientation (Level 3)
• Research – Teamwork (Level 2)

This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $57,220 to $161,754 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.

NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.

• Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC’s directives.
• Commuting assistance will be determined in accordance with NRC’s directives.
• 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 (17618) to:
E-mail: NRC.NRCHiring-EmbaucheCNRC.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Telephone: 613-949-7685

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