Observatory Systems Engineer
Dr. Nick Whyborn joined the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) as AIV Lead Engineer in March 2008. In January 2010 he was appointed as System Integration Manager before transitioning to his present operations role of Array Lead Engineer in January 2011. Dr Whyborn has 23 years experience developing millimeter wave and sub-millimeter wave radio astronomy instrumentation. Before joining ALMA, Dr Whyborn worked at the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON) as Instrument Scientist and System Engineer of the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared (HIFI), one of three instruments launched on-board the Herschel space telescope in 2009. Prior to joining SRON in 1995, Dr Whyborn was Head of Engineering at the Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden for 7 years where the group built several mm-wave instruments for the SEST and Onsala telescopes. Dr Whyborn obtained a Ph.D. in Radio Astronomy Instrumentation at the Chalmers University of Technology and his technical interests are in the areas of front-end design, system engineering and testing.