Array Performance Group Manager (4550)

Other Santiago, Chile


Position Description:


Position Summary

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international astronomy facility, is a partnership of the European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA is funded by ESO on behalf of its Member States, by NSF in cooperation with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC) and by NINS in cooperation with the Academia Sinica (AS) in Taiwan and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI). ALMA construction and operations are led by ESO on behalf of its Member States; by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), managed by Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), on behalf of North America; and by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) on behalf of East Asia. The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) provides the unified leadership and management of the construction, commissioning and operation of ALMA.

Job Duties Summary


The Array Performance Group (APG) at the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) is responsible for commissioning new observing capabilities, online software testing, initiation of various improvements to the ALMA system, troubleshooting issues with the ALMA Array. With other Groups, APG provides JAO Technical Leads to ALMA Development Programmes.


The Group is composed of the Group Manager and System Astronomers who are the technical experts that work on corrective action and advance the performance of the Observatory at the system level.  The Group Manager will report to the Head of the Department of Science Operations (DSO).  Principle interfaces include the Operations Performance Group Manager, Engineering Services Manager, Software Release Manager, and the Program Management and Data Management Group Managers.  Other interactions include the Observatory Scientist, Observatory System Engineer, ALMA Regional Centre staff, and science operations specialists.


Other Key Responsibilities:


  • Acquisition and processing of ALMA test data
  • Trend analysis of the array performance
  • Software validation testing of the on-line system
  • Commission new ALMA capabilities and assist in the optimization of existing capabilities
  • Troubleshoot system level problems
  • Provide JAO Technical Leads to ALMA Development Programs


The APG Manager will have a fraction of time reserved for scientific research, which will be subject to each Executive’s contractual conditions.


Work Environment

  • The position is based at the Santiago Central Office, Chile, with visits to the Operations Support Facility (OSF) near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.
  • Physical health compatible with high altitude conditions. A successful High Altitude Medical Exam is a necessary condition of employment.
  • Willingness to travel overseas for both short and extended periods for meetings, training, etc. will be required


Position Requirements:


Applicants shall fulfill the following requirements:

  • PhD in Astronomy, Physics or a related field with at least 5 years of experience post-PhD
  • Demonstrated expertise in (sub)millimeter interferometer observations and calibration of (sub)millimeter interferometric data
  • Ability to lead a team of system astronomers, including coordination of the main Group responsibilities and representation of APG in the Department of Science Operations Management Team
  • Proven track record in scientific research
  • Fluent in written and spoken English


Competency Summary

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, including ALMA staff worldwide.
  • Self-organized, proactive, flexible and autonomous person.
  • Ability to anticipate and cope with critical situations and under work pressure.
  • Leadership skills.


Starting Date

Candidate will be able to start as soon as possible.


Application Instructions:


ALMA International Staff Members will be engaged to work at the JAO through one of the Executives: ESO, AUI/NRAO or NAOJ. Candidates should apply through the Recruitment Portal(s) of the ALMA Executive (ESO, AUI/NRAO, NAOJ) from which s/he would like to receive a contract offer. Only one ALMA Executive will send a contract offer to each successful candidate.


Applications must be completed in English and should include a statement of scientific interests, an outline of research envisaged to be done over the upcoming years (maximum 3 pages 11pt including figures), as well as a CV with a list of publications. Candidates should provide three reference letters. Details of the application process and information about conditions and remuneration are provided in the Recruitment Portals of the ALMA partners:

Applicants submitting their application to ESO are invited to apply online at


Applicants submitting their application to NRAO are invited to apply online at


Applicants submitting their application to NAOJ are invited to apply via e-mail to


Deadline for receipt of applications to be considered is October 11th, 2020.


ESO, AUI/NRAO, and NAOJ are Equal Opportunity Employers.


AUI/NRAO is an equal opportunity employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view our complete statement, please visit If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to


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