A Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer for ESO Very Large Telescope
Project Manager in Large Astronomical Instrumentation Projects
Assignment: The Centre de Recherche Astronomique de Lyon (CRAL) is seeking qualified applicants for the
position of Program Manager in large instrumentation projects. The Program Manager will have major
responsibilities for the oversight and management of the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer instrument (MUSE).
MUSE is a 2
generation instrument in development for the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European
Southern Observatory (ESO). It is built by a consortium led by CRAL of six major European institutes and the
Optical Detector team of the ESO instrument division.
Responsibilities involve: coordination of the technical activities between the institutes of the consortium,
planning and budgeting, reporting, organization of meetings and reviews. The project manager works under the
direct authority of the principal investigator (PI) of the project. He/she is part of the project office, which
includes also the PI, the system engineer, the product assurance engineer, the software project manager and a
project assistant. He/she also supervises the seven local project managers located in each consortium institute.
Duty station: Saint-Genis-Laval near Lyon, France
Starting date: as soon as possible, but no later than 15
Education: Diploma in Astronomy, Physics or Engineering.
Knowledge and Experience: Candidates should have a significant experience in management of instrumentation
projects, if possible in an international environment. They should also have a good knowledge in optics and/or
mechanics. He/she should be fluent in English. French speaking is not required but will be appreciated. Excellent
communication skills and a strong sense of team spirit are essential.
Contract: The position is a CNRS Senior Research Engineer. It starts as a fixed-term contract of one year, which
will then become permanent (French civil servant).
Remuneration: Annual gross salary is in the range of 41,000-45,000 depending of experience.
Applications consisting of a CV and a cover letter should be submitted by the 14
of October 2005 at the
Roland Bacon (PI of the MUSE project)
Observatoire de Lyon
Or by email at:
For further information, please consult the following web links:
MUSE public site