• Project Controls Specialist

    Requisition # 2018-8704
    Date Posted 3 months ago(4/24/2018 2:40 PM)
    Research and Laboratory
    Full-Time / Part-Time
    Name of Lab
    Simons Observatory Project - Professor Suzanne Staggs
  • Overview

    The Department of Physics at Princeton University is seeking a Project Controls Specialist for the Simons Observatory project. The Simons Observatory is an international collaboration of approximately 200 scientists and engineers who are building a set of telescopes in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile dedicated to measuring temperature and polarization fluctuations in the Cosmic Microwave Background. These measurements will address questions on how the universe began, the properties of its contents, and the nature of dark energy.

    The Project Controls Specialist will work closely with the Simons Observatory Project Manager to implement and maintain a project controls system. The successful candidate will work with Simons Observatory personnel to produce work breakdown structures, identify milestones, and develop schedules and cost profiles. The Project Controls Specialist will track project costs, schedule and risk, and maintain a reporting system to provide visibility of this information. The Specialist will maintain a change control system to document changes in scope, schedule and expenses.


    This position is a 1 year term position with the possibility of renewal.


    Gather data such as task statements, estimates of work hours, and resource allocations and produce work breakdown structures and project schedules that incorporate constraints and dependencies. Identify milestones and the critical path. Track the project schedule and the achievement of milestones. Recommend corrective actions as required.

    Monitor project expenditures and measure budget variances. Develop procurement and spending plans. Identify spending projections that will result in spending against contingency.

    Maintain the risk register. Assist subject matter experts to identify project risks and mitigation strategies. 

    Maintain the change control system to document agreed upon changes in scope, schedule and expenses.

    Assist in maintaining interface control documents. Assist with document control and document repository management.

    Prepare reports and deliver presentations to update stakeholders on project status. 


    Bachelor’s degree required.

    Proficiency with project management and project controls concepts.

    Proficiency with computer applications for scheduling; creating and maintaining spreadsheets. Experience with MS Project highly preferred.

    Excellent communication skills and ability to be a collaborative team member.

    Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

    Salary Grade

    ADM, 020

    Standard Weekly Hours


    Eligible for Overtime


    Benefits Eligible


    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


    Estimated Appointment End Date


    Comments Related to End Date

    Renewal contingent on satisfactory performance and continued funding

    Physical Capacity Exam Required


    Valid Driver's License Required



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