Systems Engineer, Open Rank (4280)

Project Management Charlottesville, Virginia


The National Radio Astronomy Observatory has an exciting opportunity for a Systems Engineer with our Central Development Laboratory (CDL) in Charlottesville, VA.

The CDL develops innovative instrumental options for projects like the next-generation Very Large Array, an upgraded Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA), and other domestic/international instruments and opportunities. The Systems Engineer, an INCOSE knowledgeable and experienced professional, will serve as a change agent to implement INCOSE Systems Engineering standards, processes, tools, techniques and support the services at the CDL. May also assist in other projects as deemed necessary and appropriate.

The position will be located in Charlottesville, VA.
Job Description Summary:

The Systems Engineer will report directly to the Deputy Director of the Project Management Division (PMD) and will matrix to the CDL Director and the North American Director for ALMA Development. The successful candidate will implement appropriately tailored INCOSE systems engineering for the CDL. NOTE, this is not an IT Systems Engineering position (associated with server, enterprise software, etc.). The incumbent, in collaboration with the PMD and CDL Director, will strategically tailor systems engineering and project management processes for CDL and ALMA-Development.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Systems Engineering and project management of all projects and studies as assigned. Strong INCOSE SE and PMI PM experience is required to oversee all phases of projects from inception (studies) through development and design to implementation with a view towards whole life cycle management. Liaison with research engineers and science staff.
  • Monthly, Quarterly and Annual reporting on all in-progress projects and studies including liaison with all PIs internal and external.
  • Contract management for all awarded projects and studies.
  • Close out and manage final reporting for all projects and studies.
  • Change management and issue resolution within each ongoing project and study.
Physical Environment:
Work is typically conducted in an office environment.

Minimum Education Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physical science, management of related field preferred.
Minimum Experience Requirements:
Minimum of one year direct experience using INCOSE systems engineering processes.
Preferred Experience:
One year or more experience project management preferred but not required
Licensure/ Certification and Technical Job Requirements:
INCOSE ASEP (or higher) certification preferred. PMI CAPM (or higher) certification preferred. Both may be obtained within the first 1 year of employment upon PMD Director approval.
Critical Skills and Abilities:
High level of competency in Microsoft software products and web-based systems, Visio and SharePoint. Excellent communication skills and attention to detail.

Applicant Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter expressing your interest and Resume/CV. Please apply by visiting our career website at:
The position will be opened until filled.
The NRAO, GBO and LBO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)