Systems Engineer, Open Rank (4282)

Project Management Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is seeking to support the design and development stage of the Next Generation VLA (ngVLA) project, a radio telescope comprising hundreds of antennae spread across several states and Mexico.  This position will work closely with the ngVLA Project Director and team while reporting to the Deputy Director for the Project Management Division (PMD).  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 Project Manager for the ngVLA project. The Systems Engineer may also assist in other PMD projects as deemed necessary and appropriate.


The position is based at the Science Operations Center in Socorro, NM on the campus of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology ( Socorro is a small, historical town in the Rio Grande Valley, 75 miles south of Albuquerque. In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective 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.


Job Duties Summary

The Systems Engineer will report directly to the Deputy Director of the PMD and will matrix to the ngVLA Project Manager. The successful candidate will implement appropriately tailored INCOSE systems engineering for the ngVLA project. NOTE, this is not an IT Systems Engineering position (associated with server, enterprise software, etc.). Responsibilities and duties:

  • Systems Engineering of ngVLA Project. Oversees all phases of project from inception (studies) through development and design to implementation with a view towards whole life cycle management.
  • Responsible for performance of Systems Engineering Integrated Product Team.
  • Strong collaboration with ngVLA Project Manager required. Liaison with all departments, including engineers, computer scientists, and science staff.
  • Monthly, quarterly and annual reporting as associated with systems engineering responsibilities.


Work Environment

Work is typically conducted in an office environment.  Some travel, less than 25% (including international), may be required.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physical science, management or a related field preferred.


Minimum Experience

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 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.


Competency Summary

High level of competency in Microsoft software products and web-based systems, Visio and SharePoint. Excellent communication skills and attention to detail.


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.