ngVLA Project Manager (4587)

Project Management Albuquerque, New Mexico Socorro, New Mexico



Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is embarking on a bold new endeavor - the design and construction of a Next-Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA). This future large area array of radio antennas is optimized to perform imaging of thermal emission down to milli-arcsecond scales and will open up new discovery space from proto-planetary disks to distant galaxies. It is envisioned to have ten times the sensitivity and spatial resolution of the Very Large Array (VLA) and Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA). It will operate from 1.2 GHz to 116 GHz, and include a dense core of antennas on kilometer scales for high surface brightness sensitivity and imaging. The ngVLA will be located in the southwest USA, centered near the present location of the current VLA site.


The Key Science Goals of the ngVLA have been developed, and a Reference Design Concept to achieve its Science Goals has been prepared. The ngVLA science case and Reference Design have been formally submitted to the US Astro2020 Decadal Survey for evaluation. The project is entering its conceptual design phase, and recently launched the design and prototype of the ngVLA antenna at the VLA site. The ngVLA project office will be based in Albuquerque, NM.


The NRAO is seeking one or more Project Managers (PM) to lead the ngVLA project through its design phases and into construction. The PM supervises the execution of the project, ensures the project follows project management best practices, and manages relationships with project stakeholders.


The preferred location for the position is Albuquerque or Socorro, NM. The NRAO Albuquerque Office is located in the Science and Technology Park on the South Campus of The University of New Mexico ( The NRAO Science Operations Center is located on the campus of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology ( Socorro is a small, historical city 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

  • Leads the ngVLA Project Office and Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) through the conceptual, preliminary, and final design phases of the project, and ultimately into the construction of the instrument.
  • Supervises the execution of project scope, monitors adherence to schedule, oversees budget, analyzes risks, establishes contingency plans, identifies risk trigger events, and has the responsibility for initiating mitigating actions.
  • Implements project management standards, processes, tools, techniques, and support services in the project using best practices.
  • Manages relationships with project stakeholders, to include funding agencies, domestic and international partners, and vendors.
  • Supports NRAO management in soliciting and securing funding for the various phases of the project.


Work Environment

Work is typically performed in a research and development environment, but work outdoors may occasionally be required. Must be able to travel both domestically and internationally by air carrier. Partial teleworking arrangements will be considered.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering (mechanical or electrical preferred), astronomy, physical science, or a closely related field.


Minimum Experience

Requires 10 years of experience in actively leading and managing technical projects. Must possess excellent analytical, communication and organizational skills. Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Strong leadership ability is required, and attention to detail is critical.  Must have a high level of competency in Microsoft software products and web-based systems, Visio, and SharePoint.


Preferred Experience

Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: radio telescopes; RF, microwave or millimeter wave systems; photonics; high-speed digital electronics. PMI PMP certification and INCOSE ASEP (or higher) certification are highly desirable.



Application Instructions:


Job Open Date:   04-19-2021; applicant consideration will begin June 1, 2021.

Job Close Date:Open until filled


Please combine your resume, a bibliography if applicable, and a cover letter into one PDF file and attach to your NRAO application. As part of the application process, you should provide the names and contact information of three references, who are familiar with your experience and abilities.


For full consideration, applications must be received by June 1, 2021; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please email inquiries to Jarred Panger ([email protected]), Human Resources.


 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.