Project Manager III-IV (4934)

Job Summary

National Radio Astronomy Observatory
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Work Arrangement

Job Description

Position Description:   


Position Summary  

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is a prestigious and diverse research facility that plays a vital role in the study of the universe. The Observatory is an exciting and dynamic organization that is pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the universe through the construction and operation of some of the most powerful telescopes in the world. The NRAO offers a wealth of opportunities to learn, explore, and discover.   


We are seeking an experienced project manager to lead a variety of projects across the observatory. You will have the opportunity to share your talents in project management of complex scientific software and hardware development with multiple engineering teams to bring projects to successful endings.  


This project manager role will be based at one of the NRAO sites located in New Mexico, either Socorro or Albuquerque. If Albuquerque is the preferred location, frequent day trips to Socorro will be required.  


What You Will be Doing:  

●        Successfully lead all project management tasks   

●        Expertly optimize resources among assigned projects, determine scheduling priorities, and otherwise coordinate project components for best overall outcome  

●        Monitor and report KPIs, milestones, and other progress metrics  

●        Provide written periodic progress reports to the Observatory including KPIs, milestones, and other progress metrics  

●        Lead project teams through successful gate reviews   

●        Effectively coordinate with project teams, management, stakeholders, and contractors  

Work Environment: 

Work is typically performed in an office environment. The role will require standing and sitting. Occasionally the staff member will be required to climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, and crouch. May occasionally work at high altitudes. Occasional domestic travel will be required.   


Who You Are:  

●        You have at least seven years of experience as a project manager actively leading technology and scientific software development projects; Experience with projects related to digital electronics systems and RF data processing is highly desirable  

●        You have demonstrated experience with core program management responsibilities, including scheduling and running effective meetings with geographically disbursed teams; risk management, project scheduling, reporting, acquisition, budgeting  

●        Knowledge, experience, and understanding in two or more of the following areas: radio telescopes; software engineering and development; RF, radar, interferometry, microwave, or millimeter wave systems; high-speed digital electronics; electrical engineering  


●        You have at least a bachelor's degree in a physical science, electrical engineering, systems engineering, computer science, or software engineering or significant relevant work experience  


Competency Summary: 

●        Strong interpersonal, teaming, and leadership skills  

●        Effective verbal communication skills and strong technical document composition   

●        Problem-solving skills  

●        Attention to detail  

●        Proactive work ethic and ability to work both with a team and independently  

●        Ability to build consensus between stakeholders when necessary  

●        Experience managing both waterfall and agile software. development processes, preferred  


Additional Requirements: 

●        The project manager is required to hold and maintain a valid Driver’s License.  


Application Instructions:   


Select the “Apply” button. You will be required to upload a cover letter describing your interest in and relevant knowledge and experience for this position and your current resume.  


The posting will remain open until the position is filled  


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)  

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

The NRAO offers a comprehensive total rewards package for this position, subject to eligibility requirements. We are committed to serving our employees and their families with an extensive and competitive compensation and benefits package that supports our employees’ overall well-being and career growth.  



The NRAO strives to attract and retain dedicated, highly qualified, competent, and motivated employees by offering competitive compensation and recognition for performance.   


Factors which may affect starting pay may include; education, experience, skills, competencies, other qualifications of the successful candidate, as well as internal equity and labor market conditions.    



NRAO’s benefits package addresses the needs of employees and their families with most benefits beginning on the first day of employment. NRAO provides excellent paid time off (13 holidays, annual accrual of up to 24 vacation days and 15 sick days, additional time off for doctor/dentist visits, and 8 weeks of paid parental leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective on the first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay with no required employee contribution; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Feb 14
Application Deadline
2024 Apr 03