PPA HEP Group, Stanford University

Position ID:Stanford-SLACPPA-PROJECTMANAGER [#8325, 2412]
Position Title: LSST Camera Project Manager
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Menlo Park, California 94025, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Astrophysics / Cosmology, Experimental Astrophysics
Cosmology/Particle Astrophysics
Starting Date:2016/10/14
Appl Deadline:2016/12/31 finished (posted 2016/10/17)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Position Overview

The SLAC National Laboratory seeks applicants for the position of Camera Project Manager for the Large Synoptic Telescope (LSST). LSST is an integrated, large-aperture, wide-field, ground-based facility currently under construction. With its ambitious ten-year survey starting in late 2022, LSST will map tens of billions of stars and galaxies and will revisit each object more than 800 times in six colors. LSST data will enable scientists to constrain the properties of dark energy, measure the growth of dark matter structures over cosmic time, explore the structure of the Milky Way, enable discoveries especially in time-domain astronomy, and search for nearby objects that could collide with the earth. LSST was the top-priority project in its category in the most recent National Academies of Sciences decadal survey of projects in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and it is also a top priority in the recent Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) report.

The three-ton LSST Camera comprises a 3.2 Gigapixel imager, three large lenses, six broad-band filters with an autochanger, shutter, control and data acquisition systems, and associated support hardware, facilities, and software. The Camera is provided by the Department of Energy (DOE), with contributions from international partners. The $168M Camera Project is managed at SLAC.

The Camera Project passed its DOE CD-3 milestone in 2015 and is therefore well into construction, with completion in 2020. The Project Manager ensures the Camera is delivered on time, within budget, and meets all requirements. S/he leads a distributed team; exercises authority to commit and allocate Project resources; provides strategic direction together with the Camera Project Scientist and Project Director; manages the activities of a large-scale and diverse technical team; interacts regularly with the LSST Observatory Management Team and LSST Project engineers and scientists; provides frequent reports to the Laboratory, funding agencies, and reviews; and supports planning for the transition to operations.


Provide strategic direction and develop long-range plans that typically establish objectives and for Projects.

Identify, clarify, and resolve highly complex issues with university-wide impact and substantial significance, which may span multiple areas, using advanced technical and professional knowledge requiring broad discretion and judgment.

Manage the activities of a large-scale and/or diverse technical operation.

Create strategic long-range plans of considerable complexity and scope.

Ensure state-of-the-art research is adequately funded, staffed, equipped, and housed.

Exercise authority to commit and allocate substantial resources.

Manage adoption of emerging technologies and the development of new methods and approaches.

Identify priorities for research initiatives, training, and outreach.

Collaborate with University leaders on research project decisions.

Supervise other staff, including hiring, performance management, and related duties, in addition to providing instruction on complex techniques and direction on projects.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree plus ten years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated experience and success leading and managing a large organization or project of technical and administrative staff. Demonstrated experience leading large, complex projects or programs of comparable scope. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with others, including scientists, engineers, staff, and project stakeholders, at multiple institutions. Demonstrated ability to meet production schedules, manage complexity, mitigate evolving risks, and drive technical issues to conclusion Commitment to a supportive and productive workplace culture; commitment to safety procedures, processes, and mitigations

Note: Please list three relevant professional references and attach a statement of professional interests or cover letter and CV or resume to your application. Completed applications will be reviewed starting on October 1, 2016, with applications completed after that date accepted until the position is filled.

SLAC Manager Competencies: Results Through Others: Achieves expected results by effectively delegating and managing the work of others. Aligns Priorities: Ensures planning and prioritization of resources and work efforts; ensures alignment of direct and matrix reports to support organizational goals and business plans. Applies Lab Acumen: Maintains understanding of lab efforts and direction as well as current research and trends, considers technology and customer impacts, and contributes relevant, informed ideas to lab growth. Navigates Complexity: Demonstrates effective problem-solving and decision-making in complex situations; manages a multitude of information and circumstances to discern what is most important; takes appropriate action, even with conflicting data or in difficult situations. Communication: Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages. Relationships: Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals. Self-awareness: Seeks feedback from others and takes ownership of, and actions to address what is learned; recognizes impact on others and adjusts as needed; pursues continuous learning opportunities; implements a meaningful development plan. Team Effectiveness: Effectively motivates team members and fosters a diverse and collaborative environment; leverages individual members’ strengths for overall team effectiveness; incorporates insights to improve team operations. Purpose & Vision: Articulates a clear vision of expected outcomes; inspires others to execute work plans and feel a sense of purpose and ownership for the mission. Attracts & Develops Employee Talent: Plans for, attracts, and hires the right talent for current and future organizational needs; operates with a focus on growing internal talent through organizational and staff development; values and encourages continuous growth development through a blend of work experiences, coaching, and formal learning; aligns individual development with organizational needs and objectives.

Job-Specific Competencies Strategic Mindset: Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies. Cultivates Innovation: Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful. Drives Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*: Frequently sit, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation and perform desk-based computer tasks, lift, carry, push pull objects that weigh to ten pounds. Occasionally sit, use a telephone or write by hand. Rarely kneel, crawl, climb, twist, bend, stoop, squat, reach or work above shoulders, sort, file paperwork or parts, operate foot and hand controls.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job. WORK STANDARDS: Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations. Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Human Resources Development and Services
2575 Sand Hill Road, Bldg. 41, MS # 11,
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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