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Network Engineer

Company: Giant Magellan Telescope Organization
Location: Pasadena
Posted on: July 13, 2018

Job Description:

Job DetailsNumber: 1820

Title: Network Engineer

Type: Full time, professional.

Location: GMT Project Office, Pasadena CA


This exciting job opportunity is with the GMTO (Giant Magellan Telescope Organization) located in Pasadena, California. The GMT is being developed by a group of leading university and research centers from across the globe. The GMTO Corporation has been formed to design, construct and operate the GMT Observatory which will be located in the Andean mountains at Las Campanas Peak in Chile. The GMT is the next generation astronomical observatory with the capability to have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. The project is entering the formal construction phase with scientific operations expected to begin in 2023.


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 Network Engineer will be responsible for specifying, designing, building and maintaining the network infrastructure required for the Observatory Control System (OCS) and for the Information Technology (IT) networks in all GMT sites (Pasadena, CA; La Serena, Chile and Santiago, Chile).

This position will work closely with the IT group, the Site, Enclosure and Facilities (SEF) group, software engineers and all network users to provide a reliable, efficient, cost-effective and low-maintenance communications infrastructure able to support low-latency and high-bandwidth communications.

In order to be able to recommend and implement innovative solutions, the Network Engineer is expected to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and trends in high-performance computing and low-latency communications, perform detailed trade-studies and analyses on available and new technologies and prototype critical design elements. This position will report to the Software and Controls Manager.

Job Duties:

  • Work with the Information Technology (IT) and Site, Facilities and Enclosure (SEF) groups to define interfaces between site infrastructure and the observatory networks.
  • Create and review requirements for network infrastructure at the observatory and sites.
  • Design and deploy functional networks (LAN, WLAN, WAN) for the observatory and sites.
  • Generate detailed design documentation and schematics.
  • Perform benchmarking tests and trade studies on critical hardware, software and networking infrastructure to support design decisions and show compliance to applicable standards and requirements.
  • Debug and solve TCP/IP relates issues.
  • Oversee the contract, commissioning and installation of the GMT network infrastructure.
  • Perform acceptance tests and generate test reports to validate the system after installation.
  • Develop a plan for transition to operations, including all necessary documentation and training for efficient operation and troubleshooting of the GMT networks.

    Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
  • B.S. or higher in Computer Science (or similar degree)
  • 5+ years experience with Network Administration and Design
  • Strong knowledge of the TCP/IP protocols and network equipment
  • System and network administration experience on Linux, Windows and MacOS
  • Experience with high-performance computing and low-latency communications (InfiniBand, RoCE, OmniPath, etc.)
  • Experience with high-bandwidth, high-speed storage networks and data archiving systems
  • Experience with distributed computing platforms and control systems
  • Experience with Ethernet-based Industrial fieldbuses (EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP, etc)
  • Demonstrated experience with server hardware (x86 processor architecture, memory, BIOS) and types of storage drives (S-ATA, SAS, NVMe)
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Willingness and ability to travel to foreign and domestic vendor, partner, and observatory locations as the need arises

    Desirable Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
  • CCNA/CCNP or equivalent certification with aptitude for higher level qualifications
  • Knowledge for IP Configuration and Routing
  • Experience with safety-rated infrastructure for industrial environments (Functional Safety of EtherCAT, ProfiSafe, openSafety, CIP Safety, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Proxy Servers
  • Cisco Meraki, Cisco Catalyst, Cisco ASA and Firewall Configuration
  • Experience in scripting languages, such as JavaScript, Python, VBScript, Groovy and Bash
  • Experience with Agile software development
  • Experience working with cloud computing infrastructure, such as AWS or OpenStack
  • Previous experience with telescopes or large scientific projects a plus


    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

    Keywords: Giant Magellan Telescope Organization, Pasadena, Network Engineer, Engineering, Pasadena, California

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