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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of 17 Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories, and operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE. SLAC develops and operates some of the world’s premier science facilities, including the first hard X-ray free-electron laser. Research at SLAC explores the structure and function of matter and the properties of energy, space and time, at the smallest and largest scales, all with the goal of solving problems facing society and advancing human knowledge.



Systems Engineer/Requirement Manager

Job Requisition #: 2766
Classification Title: Staff Engineer 2
Grade: K
Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)
# of openings: 1


The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is seeking a Systems Engineer to manage the requirements for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Camera (LSST-Camera).

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is a wide-field 8.4-meter ground-based telescope, with a single instrument, the LSST Camera, capable of imaging the entire available sky every three nights. Over ten years LSST will image 20,000 square degrees of the southern sky, visiting each patch 1000 times.  The LSST Camera, led by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and currently under construction, will be the largest astronomical camera in existence, featuring a three-element optical corrector whose largest lens spans 1.6-meters, a 3.2 Giga-pixel CCD focal plane covering 10 square degrees, and a data acquisition capable of reading out the focal plane in 2 seconds.  The Camera utilizes a range of innovative technologies to meet its demanding requirements, and its assembly ranges from precision mechanisms with tight tolerances and the handling of very large and very high value equipment.

The LSST Camera Requirement Manager will become a member of the SLAC engineering staff and will report to the LSST Camera System Integration Manager and collaborate with the LSST Camera Chief Engineers.

Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Maintain flowdown of requirements from observatory level documents to camera and subsystem documents. Work with camera subsystem engineers to address compliance issues as they arise during fabrication.
  • Manage the Camera Non Conformance Reporting (NCR) process. Generate observatory NCRs when observatory requirements are impacted.
  • Maintain camera verification processes, track verification methodologies and verification results for camera specifications and ICDs. Work with the Integration and Test (I&T) team as they finalize processes for camera level verification, and with subsystems as they finalized verification plans and deliver hardware.
  • Interface with the Observatory System Engineering staff for change control and technical issue resolution
  • Maintain the risk registry. Merge inputs from subsystem managers, hold risk meeting and maintain a risk action list.
  • Maintain camera performance budgets as performance estimates mature (power, throughput, image quality, …)

Minimum Qualification required:

  • BS in engineering or related field.
  • 2 years background in system engineering and requirements management or interface control.
  • Excellent knowledge of basic electrical or mechanical engineering principles.
  • Ability to write, use and debug Excel VBA macros
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work in an intense fast-paced environment of technicians, engineers, and scientists.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 5 years of relevant system engineering experience and a record of technical accomplishment.
  • Experience with project management including budgets, schedules and earned value management.
  • Experience with the construction of scientific instrumentation, preferably in astronomy or physics.
  • SysML modelling experience, MagicDraw preferred.

SLAC Employee Competencies:

  • Effective Decisions:  Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self-Development:  Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
  • Dependability:  Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
  • Initiative:  Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
  • Adaptability:  Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
  • Communication:  Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.
  • Relationships:  Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  •  Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.  Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities:
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,



SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.


Final candidates are subject to background checks prior to commencement of employment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Internal candidates, who are selected for hire, may require degree verification and/or credit checks based on requirements of the new position.


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