Science Manager - Arecibo Observatory

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Work type: OPS (Temporary)
Location: Arecibo
Categories: Research/Grants

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Science Manager - Arecibo Observatory

Job Description:

The Science Manager will have overall management responsibility over the onsite science team at Arecibo. This position is responsible for administratively managing staff work, making assignments, 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 the management of the science team at the Arecibo Observatory.
  • Provides leadership and direction to all on site science personnel.
  • Develops and tracks scientific goals, results, and metrics which includes publications, observations and external collaborations, among others.
  • Develops performance-to-plan metric for all areas of responsibility.
  • Establishes the team's organizational cadence and structure to ensure high performance and adaptability.
  • Works in conjunction with the principal scientists, the on-site staff and external advisors to develop, document and implement the site's short- and long-term science strategy. 
  • 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.  
  • Responsible for budget development and budget management for the science team.
  • Mentors, train and hire top scientists around the world.
  • Completes the performance management and merit process for the on-site staff.
  • Identifies and develops research partnerships with other organizations.
  • Works closely with FSI and UCF ORC HR, Finance and Contracts personnel to ensure compliance to required deliverables.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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


Office of Research

Hours of work:

8am to 5pm.  Schedule may vary as required.

Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday

Type of Appointment:


Advertised Salary:


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's or Master's degree and 6+ years of 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.  An advance degree in Engineering, Astronomy, Space Physics, Atmospheric Science, Radio Science, or related field.

  • 10 years of experience as a manager in the aerospace, research or academic industries.
  • Experience managing research personnel.
  • Experience developing and managing proposals and budgets.
  • Program/Project Management experience.
  • Ph.D preferred.
  • 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.

Position is in Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Health Assessment Required:


Benefit Eligibility:

State Benefits eligibility for OPS employees are subject to criteria established by the State of Florida. The state’s benefits administrator, People First, determines eligibility and coordinates enrollment. If this position becomes eligible for state benefits the employee will be notified directly by People First.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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