The universe awaits

Telescope Control System Specialist

Software and Controls
  • Full-Time
  • Engineering
Pasadena, CA
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, ten times greater than the famed Hubble Space Telescope and four times the James Webb Space Telescope.

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.


Reporting to the Software & Controls Manager, The Giant Magellan Telescope seeks a Telescope Control System Specialist to join its Software & Controls team and perform the following duties at its offices in Pasadena, California:



  • Design and implement the Telescope Control System (TCS)
  • Design and implement the Wavefront Control System (WFCS)
  • Design and implement software for observatory operations
  • Review and create requirements documentation for telescope control services;
  • Design and implement distributed applications and services to the control system;
  • Design and implement model-based development tools;
  • Design and implement frameworks and applications to support the high-level observatory operations;
  • Follow coding standards, builds unit tests, integration tests and deployment scripts
  • Work collaboratively with the architecture and development teams
  • Install and setup required software
  • Provide reports on progress and problems
  • Write technical reports, manuals and support documentation
  • Prepare and deliver presentations at project reviews and conferences
  • Support developers and community on support forums, mailing lists, wikis etc.


  • Master’s degree in Astrophysics
  • Five years’ experience developing telescope control systems
  • Demonstrated proficiency with advanced C/C++ Programming, Python Programming, Unix and Linux Programming
  • Demonstrated experience in agile projects
  • Demonstrated knowledge of UML


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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