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Project Manager

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Edinburgh, Scotland
£39748.0 - £44166.0 per annum
Closing date
15 May 2022

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Project Manager

Are you looking for a project management role which will combine your technical expertise with the chance to support world leading projects? We are currently seeking an experienced project manager to drive the UK Astronomy Technology Centre's (UK ATC) contribution to HARMONI, the leading 'first-light' instrument for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) in Chile.

Your will work closely with the HARMONI Senior Project Manager, and the role will encompass local management of the UK ATC's contributions to the project and oversight of partners delivering subsystems for integration.

We are looking for someone with a technical background who has ideally gained project management experience working on complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-partner development projects. Experience of astronomy or space projects would be an advantage but of greater importance is an ability to develop and nurture professional working relationships with a wide range of project partners.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Manage individual subsystem work-packages at UK ATC.
  • Manage work on the Integral Field Spectrograph (IFS) part of the instrument. This involves coordinating with the local PMs in various institutes in the UK and France.
  • Manage integration activities including the IFS, UK ATC subsystems and science software.
  • Provide schedule, budgetary, safety and risk control and reporting to relevant stakeholders.

About the UK ATC

The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) designs and builds ground and space-based instrumentation for large astronomical observatories around the world. UK ATC projects are typically multi-disciplinary, and international in nature, carried out by collaborative teams made up from a variety of consortium partners from leading astronomical institutes all around the globe. We also have a growing portfolio of work in non-astronomy technology development (e.g. Earth observation and small satellite technology).


Our excellent package of benefits includes:

  • Flexible 30 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays and 2.5 privilege days.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Defined benefit career average pension scheme.
  • Employee recognition scheme.

We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

Further details

  • Salary: £39,748 to £44,166 per annum (dependent on experience).
  • Contract Type: Open Ended.
  • Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh.

In your application please provide a CV and a Cover Letter which details your experience in relation to the criteria for this role. Closing Date 15th May 2022.

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