Deputy Director, Arecibo Observatory (499255)

Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Per year+benefits
August 07 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the Deputy Director will lead the science strategy for the facility and have management responsibility over the on-site science team. This position is responsible for administratively managing staff work, evaluating performance and providing guidance and direction. The candidate will work directly with the scientists in developing performance plans and metrics aligned with short and long term objectives of the facility. Responsible for managing team budget, hiring and reporting requirements.

Responsible for drafting and executing the science strategy for the facility in conjunction with the site director, the principal scientists and the on-site staff and external advisors. Provides recommendations to the director on strategic equipment and resources (including site upgrades) that will enhance scientific value.

Responsible for the management of the science team at the Arecibo Observatory, including providing leadership and direction to all on site science personnel. Mentors, trains and hires top scientists around the world; and establishes the team's organizational cadence.

Completes the performance management and merit process for the on-site staff. Develops and tracks scientific goals, results, and metrics which includes publications, observations and external collaborations, among others. Identifies and manages performance-to-plan metrics for all areas of responsibility.

Leads the development and implementation of the site procedures to ensure proper workflow of daily tasks.

Strives to develop an atmosphere of collaboration, inclusion and integration across the science organizations.

Identifies and develops research partnerships with other organizations. Leads proposal development across cross-functional teams.

Supports the site director in all tasks required for the success of the operation.

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About Arecibo Observatory:

The Arecibo Observatory, located near the town of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, is a world-class observational facility allowing for cutting-edge space research and education. The observatory hosts one of the world’s largest and most powerful single-dish radio/radar telescopes, and gathers information about planets, moons, asteroids and comets. The Arecibo Observatory is currently operated and managed by University of Central Florida in partnership with Sistema Ana G. Mendez Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) and Yang Enterprises, Inc under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). To learn more about the Arecibo Observatory, visit

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's or Master's degree and 6+ years of relevant experience, with at least 2+ years of leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate is expected to have a strong scientific background, with significant management experience. 

A PhD. in Engineering, Astronomy, Space Physics, Atmospheric Science, Radio Science or related field.

5 years of experience leading research teams in academic or aerospace industries.

Preference will be given to candidates with a strong publication record.

Experience developing and managing proposals and budgets.

Program/Project Management experience.

Excellent communication skills, organization, and personal initiative and the ability to work well with clients, Observatory staff and visitors.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Available to travel up to 20% of the time.

Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.

If you are selected as the final candidate for an employment opportunity here at UCF, both your position and salary will be significantly based upon the information that you have provided in your application for employment. We urge you to please take the time to complete the application in its entirety.

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