The universe awaits

Seismic Engineer

Integrated Modeling Group/Systems Engineering Element
  • Full-Time
  • Engineering
Pasadena, CA
Temporary remote work due to COVID-19
Position code


The Giant Magellan Telescope is the most powerful ground-based telescope ever engineered. It was designed to push the boundaries of human knowledge and discover the unknown. With unmatched image quality, seven of the world’s largest mirrors will launch our view into the universe to uncover the cosmic mysteries of dark matter, investigate the origins of chemical elements, and search for signs of life on distant exoplanets for the first time.

The 30-meter class telescope is under construction at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert, one of the best locations on Earth to view the heavens. From this unrivaled vantage into the southern sky, the Giant Magellan Telescope will produce the sharpest and most detailed images ever taken of our universe.

When complete in the late 2020s, the Giant Magellan Telescope will be the largest public-private funded science project in history. The endeavor was founded by an international consortium of leading universities and research institutions representing five countries, and is managed by the GMTO Corporation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Pasadena, California. Our culture is impactful, inclusive, and fearlessly innovative. We solve the most difficult engineering challenges and scientific questions with talented individuals who share a passion for revolutionizing humanity’s knowledge of the universe.

We invite you to join our team and leave your mark on astronomy’s future and beyond.

The Universe Awaits.


Integrated Modeling Group/Systems Engineering Element


Integrated Modeling Lead


Reporting to the Integrated Modeling Lead, the Seismic Engineer will be part of the Integrated Modeling group. This group is chartered with building models to predict the performance of the entire telescope assembly for all observing modes of the telescope. In addition to meeting tight optical performance requirements, the design of the GMT must also meet earthquake survival requirements. The GMT project is looking for an analyst who can perform seismic modeling and analysis with respect to the survival of the GMT critical components.

This position will also include writing technical specifications, supporting design reviews, and creating requirements and procedures.

Additional responsibilities will involve interfacing with Project management, the Project Systems Engineer, sub-system leaders, and other technical staff as required, writing reports summarizing work accomplished, interpreting results and presenting those results to Project Management in formal and informal presentations, and developing/purchasing software necessary for the efficient integration of the modeling network.


  • Create and analyze detailed system models for all aspects of the telescope structure
  • Test simulation results to assure results are accurate
  • Analyze structures for static, jitter, seismic, and/or thermal performance
  • Monitor, review and confirm the designs and analyses of the telescope systems being performed by contractors by adding as designed/as built models to simulations to ensure that the final designs meet seismic performance requirements.
  • Document results in technical reports, notes and presentations at reviews and meetings.


  • An advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or equivalent technical discipline
  • 5 years of relevant experience in FEA system modeling and analysis
  • Earthquake structural analysis experience
  • Strong analytical skills and MATLAB coding skills
  • Design experience with SolidWorks
  • Knowledge of NX NASTRAN
  • Strong analytical ability with demonstrated written and oral communication skills in English
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment


  • Controls analysis experience
  • Ground telescope and optomechanical experience
  • Knowledge of FEMAP


  • Medical insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • 401(k)


To apply send your resume and a cover letter to

If your skills and experience are a match for the position or if we need additional information, we will contact you. If we do not see a suitable match between your qualifications and the position, we will keep your information on file in the event future positions become available that are more suitable to your qualifications.

The GMTO Corporation is an equal employment opportunity employer.

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