Research Manager IV (Multiple Positions)

Tucson, AZ
May 01, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Steward Observatory

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Department of Steward Observatory seeks to fill up to two positions of a Research Manager IV (Technical Projects Manager).

The selected candidates will be responsible for managing projects that utilize engineering and technical support in the development of space and ground based telescopes. This individual develops, implements, and maintains operational plans, programs, systems and technical aspects of contracts that requires a high degree of innovation, creativity, and integration. Technical work for these projects includes: optics fabrication, telescope control systems, primary and secondary mirror support, instrumentation development and various supporting functions for sub-systems of the telescope during development, fabrication and operation. This position requires broad knowledge and experience across multiple professional disciplines.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manages technical projects to scope, schedule, budget and risk on behalf of the Principal Investigator. Prepares proposals in conjunction with Principal Investigators, Business Office and UA Administration. Develops, implements, and maintains operational plans, programs, systems and technical aspects of contracts requiring a high degree of innovation, creativity, and integration.
  • Accountable for strategic and operational direction of a large and complex technical organization within the department. Has significant impact on short-and mid-term plans. Coordinates, monitors and /or supervises the activities of designated technical groups. Develops and schedules work plans in accordance with specifications and funding limitations; oversees daily operations and coordinates activities of project expenditures.
  • Coordinates activities of projects, staff and departments with interrelated activities to ensure optimum efficiency of effort, conservation of funds and compliance with appropriate policies, procedures and specifications.
  • Ability to work well in a broad matrix organization with many projects in a team environment.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 9 years of related work experience, including 5 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Experience leading a team, project, program, or function is required.
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Engineering experience with optics, telescopes, electronics and custom machines.
  • Experience in optical fabrication, optics, telescopes, instrumentation and astronomy.
  • Experience with UA budgeting, accounting principles and administrative systems.
  • Masters Degree Preferred



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Researchers & Scientists

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Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


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Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Susan Warner
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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