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Job Details

Number: 2111

Title: Software and Controls Integration & Test Lead

Element: Software and Controls

Type: Full time

Location: Pasadena, CA (temporary remote work due to COVID-19)

This exciting job opportunity is with the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project HQ located in Pasadena, California. The GMT is being developed by a group of leading university and research centers from across the globe. GMTO Corporation has been formed to design, construct and operate the GMT, which will be located in the Andean mountains at Las Campanas Peak in Chile. The GMT is the next generation astronomical observatory with 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. The project is entering the formal construction phase with scientific operations expected to begin in 2030.


The successful candidate will be an employee of the GMTO Corporation and must be able to meet pre-employment requirements including any background and reference checks and the successful candidate must be a US citizen or eligible to work in the United States and at least 18 years of age. GMTO provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.

Job Summary:
The Giant Magellan Telescope’s (GMT) Software and Controls (SWC) team is pursuing an experienced and team-oriented Software and Controls Integration & Test Lead to work on the integration and tests of the Observatory Control System (OCS) and different Device Control System (DCS) for the observatory subsystems.

Reporting to the Software and Controls Manager, the Software and Controls Integration and Test Lead will be responsible for preparing, designing, and executing integration and test plans for the different software and controls subsystems at the observatory. These subsystems include device control systems for the primary mirror, enclosure, telescope mount, active and adaptive optics systems, metrology subsystems, and science instruments, as well as software needed for integrated observatory operations.

This position will work closely with the Software and Controls team, the Systems Engineering team and different elements to deliver and implement high-quality integration and test plans to the end users of the GMT control system.

The Software and Controls Integration and Test Lead must have equivalent experience in similar projects. Travel to Arizona, Chile and other locations will be required to test software and controls subsystems with the hardware.

Job Duties:
• Create integration and test requirements for all software and controls subsystems
• Design and implement software integration and test plans and process workflows
• Define and provide required test hardware and software test tools
• Execute software and controls integration and test plans, and adapt as required
• Collaborate with Systems Engineering and other elements to verify that plans are complete and consistent with the overall system-level plans
• Prepare software test procedures and reports
• Lead software and controls developers to design, implement, execute, and document software and controls integration and test plans for system and subsystem design reviews

Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
• MS in Software Engineering, Control Engineering or equivalent
• 5 years relevant experience in large telescope control systems or similar projects
• Strong knowledge of software testing strategies, tactics, techniques, and tools
• Significant experience integrating and testing complex control systems
• Relevant experience with continuous integration and regression tests
• Significant experience with software quality assurance and software quality metrics
• Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
• Ability to work with cross-functional work teams and users
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
• Experience using software verification and validation standards
• Experience with SysML and UML
• Experience in agile projects
• Previous experience in telescope control systems

Please send your CV and a Cover Letter to

If your skills and experience appear to be a match or if we need additional information to make a decision, we will contact you. If we do not see a suitable match between your qualifications and the position, we will keep your information on file in the event future positions become available that are more suitable to your qualifications.

GMTO is an equal employment opportunity employer