ngVLA Logistics Systems Engineer II-III (4589)

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


 Position Description:


Position Summary

In anticipation of an award for additional project work, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is recruiting for a Logistics Engineer to join the Next-Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) project. The successful candidate will lead the logistic engineering effort on the project and will define and implement the project’s logistic engineering plans in line with the systems engineering processes and international best practices. The successful candidate will influence the system design and requirements during the design phase to ensure it is reliable and maintainable. During the production and construction phases, the candidate will design the maintenance system and then oversee the implementation and roll-out of the maintenance system. The successful candidate is expected to work proactively and independently, under the supervision of the project’s lead systems engineer.


The ngVLA is a large radio telescope facility that spans many different disciplines, which require tailoring of the process to individual parts of the project. The project spans the full life cycle from concept definition through to operations. 


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 key responsibilities and duties of the Logistics Engineer Analyst consist of but are not limited to:

  • Define a set of reliability and maintainability requirements across the product hierarchy during the project’s design phase.
  • Analyze and model the system reliability and maintainability during the design phase to ensure that the chosen system architecture can meet the requirements.
  • Perform Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) for the system and subsystems to identify failure modes, allocate reliability requirements and identify failure detection methods.
  • Work with subsystem teams to ensure they deliver the documentation during the design and qualification phases that are required to design the support system.
  • Work with subsystem teams to ensure that they deliver the required as-built documentation needed to support the system in its operational phase.
  • Perform physical configuration audits to ensure that the as-built documentation accurately reflects the built system.
  • Design the maintenance system that is required to support the ngVLA during the operational phase including: organization, human resources, spares, facilities, equipment, procedures and training materials. The design should consider the incorporation of existing systems and facilities.
  • Define requirements for the maintenance management software.
  • Oversee the implementation of the maintenance system and verify that it complies with the requirements.
  • Transfer the maintenance system to the operational team.


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.


Minimum Experience

At least five years working as a logistics engineer in integrated project teams on related projects


Preferred Experience

Experience in an application domain for the establishment of hi-tech large-scale infrastructure related to radio astronomy, such as radar, communication systems or optical telescopes. Exposure to the technology domains of electromagnetic, RF, digital signal processing, mechanical software engineering and civil engineering. Experience working across life cycle phases including design, qualification, industrialization, production, construction and transition to operations. Experience with reliability modeling tools



Strong interpersonal, teaming, and leadership skills. Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Attention to detail. Able to be proactive and work independently.


Additional Requirement

Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by September 1, 2021 to be considered for U.S.-based vacancies.



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.