For the Project Office in Bologna (Italy), the CTAO Central Organisation is seeking a systems engineer to work as a System Architect with other systems engineers and stakeholders to further develop the existing system architecture of the observatory and maintain it going forward.

Your tasks and responsibilities:

  • Manage the CTAO system model.
  • Work with systems engineers, CTAO software & telescope teams, and other stakeholders to maintain and evolve the CTAO system architecture model using the CTAO instance of Sparx Enterprise Architect. 
  • Document the system architecture and support the CTAO WP teams to document their subsystem architectures.
  • Produce static and behavioural descriptions of the CTA Observatory at system level via system block diagrams, activity diagrams, use cases, and other representations. 
  • Support the CTAO change control process by assessing the impact of proposed changes that may affect the system model or architecture documentation and implementing any approved changes.
  • Work with the CTAO requirements engineer and other stakeholders to ensure that the requirements identified in the system model are captured in the system and subsystem requirements. 
  • Work with systems engineers and other stakeholders to ensure that the identified system-level interfaces in the architecture are adequately documented through released interface control documents. 
  • Support the integration validation and verification processes of the system and subsystems to ensure the coverage of all the applicable requirements.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Lead Systems Engineer.

You will be reporting to: CTAO Lead Systems Engineer

Your qualifications and experience:

  • University degree level education, or equivalent expertise
  • Experienced project controller with at least three years’ experience and a track record in internationally distributed projects, ideally in the science field
  • Knowledge of international project management practices and standards
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency using project management tools and computer-based project systems
  • A demonstrated ability to create, maintain, examine and report on integrated schedules for medium to large complex projects
  • A proven record and demonstrated ability to develop, roll out, maintain, and generate reports in medium to large complex projects
  • Experience in project control in a research or scientific environment will be considered an advantage
  • The ability to work effectively in an international, multi-cultural and distributed project environment
  • Good teamwork skills including the ability to integrate in a large team
  • Good oral and written communication skills, allowing to effectively communicate within the CTAO and with project participants
  • Excellent command of the English language; additional knowledge of Spanish and/or other European languages would be an advantage

What we offer: CTAO offers an attractive remuneration package, including a competitive salary. The contract is an open term contract subject to successful completion of the probation period.Duty station: Bologna, Italy. Travel to the CTAO sites and locations of in-kind contributor teams in Europe is required.

Duty Station: Bologna, Italy. Travel to the CTAO sites and locations of in-kind contributor teams in Europe is required.

How to apply: Please send your application here:

Deadline for applications: July 12, 2024

For more information on CTAO, please visit, or contact the CTAO Lead System Engineer Andrea Cremonini,

CTAO is an equal opportunity employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, gender or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or family situation.

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System Architect - CTAO