Systems Engineer III-IV, Lead (4751)

Engineers, Technical Specialists and Technicians Albuquerque, New Mexico Charlottesville, Virginia



Position Description:


The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is recruiting for a lead Systems Engineer (SE) to join the Next-Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) project. The successful candidate will lead the project’s Systems Engineering team and oversee the implementation of the SE processes across the project’s life cycle stages from design through to construction. The lead SE will ensure the implementation of consistent SE processes and practices in subsystem teams and by contractors across the project. The candidate is expected to be familiar with international SE best practices, model-based SE and be able to work proactively and independently in implementing the SE processes


The position will be based in Albuquerque, NM or Charlottesville, VA. The NRAO Albuquerque Office (NAO) is located in the Science and Technology Park at the University of New Mexico ( Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico with a wide variety of restaurants, entertainment, and cultural events. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Albuquerque offer ample access to outdoor recreation. Charlottesville headquarters of the Observatory, situated on the grounds of the University of Virginia. Partial telework arrangement may be considered for well qualified candidates.


In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective the first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee and participate in the implementation of the Systems Engineering processes across the life cycle of the project, as defined in the Systems Engineering Management Plan.
  • Manage the Systems Engineering Integrated Product Team (IPT), including the recruitment and management of the SE IPT members.             
  • Oversee and participate in the development of the system design, including the system architecture, interface control documents and other technical documentation.
  • Oversee the development of the ngVLA system model in SysML, in line with the System Modeling Plan.
  • Manage the development of all Systems Engineering documents needed for successful system design reviews.
  • Oversee the preparation and execution of system reviews and assist in managing subsystem design reviews.
  • Oversee the Integrated Logistics Engineering (ILS) effort.
  • Oversee the systems engineering management processes, including configuration management, baselining, change management and document management processes.
  • Ensure consistent SE best practices and processes are implemented across the project, including within subsystem teams and by contractors.
  • Participate in the development of Assembly, Integration and Verification plans.
  • Report regularly to the Project office and other stakeholders on the status of the Systems Engineering activities.
  • Participate as a member of the Project Office in the management of the project, including the preparation of project documentation for its various stakeholders.


Work Environment

Work is typically conducted in an office environment in a research and development context. Some field work is required during the construction, integration and verification phases of the project.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

A bachelor's degree in engineering or related field is required.


Preferred Education

An advanced degree in engineering or related field.


Minimum Experience

At least 10 years working as a systems engineer in integrated project teams on related projects.


Preferred Experience

  • Team leadership experience.
  • Experience of working across life cycle phases including: preliminary design, detail design, design qualification, industrialization, production, construction and transition to operations.
  • Experience in an application domain for the establishment of hi-tech large-scale infrastructure that is related to radio astronomy, such as radar, communication systems or optical telescopes.
  • Exposure to the following technology domains: electromagnetic, RF, digital signal processing, mechanical, software engineering and civil engineering.
  • Experience with model-based systems engineering methodologies and tools, preferably with Cameo Systems Modeler and SysML.
  • Experience with Integrated Logistics Support development.



Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) certification or equivalent post-graduate Systems Engineering qualification, or equivalent demonstrated experience. Certification as an Expert Systems Engineer (ESEP) is preferred but not required.



  • Teaming and leadership skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Proactive and independent


Additional Requirements


The Observatory requires staff to be fully vaccinated against covid-19 to access our facilities.  An offer of employment will be considered contingent until the selected applicant provides proof of vaccination.  A selected applicant may request consideration for an accommodation for a disability or for a sincerely held religious belief.


Application Instructions:


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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI 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 [email protected].


The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)


The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.