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ACE Project Manager

Date: September 26, 2016
Reports to (Job Title): Chemistry Department Chair/ACE Mission Scientist
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Department of Chemistry


Main Campus - DC 2605


35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

Under the guidance of the Principal Investigator, the ACE Project Manager is responsible for project management of the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE), which involves budgeting, procurement, financial reporting, report writing, contract fulfillment, grant writing, record keeping and oversight of the research team. The ACE Mission on the SCISAT satellite is a space mission that measures the infrared absorption of a number of atmospheric trace gas molecules during sunrise and sunset.  From these measurements trace gas concentrations are determined as a function of altitude. The ACE science objectives are to study ozone depletion, air pollution and climate change. The SCISAT satellite was launched in August 2003 and continues to operate successfully.  At this time more that twelve years of measurements have been recorded and continued operation is anticipated for several more years.

Key Accountabilities:


Building and monitoring work plans and budgets:

  • Prepare budgets and monitor spending on ACE contract with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) using University of Waterloo’s FORE and Concur financial systems
  • Prepare and monitor work plans


Prepare proposals and reports:

  • In consultation with ACE Mission Scientist and ACE team, prepare proposals for CSA funding
  • In consultation with ACE Mission Scientist and ACE team, prepare reports (quarterly, annually plus additional special reports) for CSA
  • Organize and archive reports
  • Look for data and develop procedures to prepare data for reports


Liaison with CSA and Office of Research:

  • Act as the point of contact for the University of Waterloo’s Office of Research and Finance Office and the CSA’s Technical Liaison Officer for ACE project related matters



  • Prepare and deliver presentations at scientific meetings and produce summary notes of other presentations
  • Take minutes of the weekly team meeting and for twice yearly public ACE Meetings


Purchasing for ACE project:

  • In consultation with the Mission Scientist, arrange for purchase of hardware, software and other items needed for the ACE project


Assist in processing, distributing and archiving ACE data:

  • As needed, assist other team members by writing computer code to process ACE data, distribute it to users and archive it for posterity 

Position Requirements


Education:  M.S. (or equivalent) in Computer Science or equivalent education and experience required



MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate C, C++, Fortran, Postgres/SQL, Python, PERL, Unix, Matlab

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

This position requires frequent communication with the University of Waterloo Office of Research, the CSA Technical Liaison Officer and other members of the ACE team. Detailed understanding of the ACE project is required.

Level of Responsibility:

This position is one of four key members of the core Science Operations Centre for the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) in which each member has special skills and experience.

Decision-Making Authority:

Limited to the Key Accountabilities listed above with the need to consult with other team members as needed.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Limited to the working environment of a modern office.

Working Environment:

A continuously evolving environment of state-of-the-art computing facilities and data delivery services.