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Support Astronomer

As we move into a new phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey with the start of SDSS V in 2020, New Mexico State University is looking for a Support Astronomer at Apache Point Observatory (APO) to observe for SDSS IV and V.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
Operate SDSS 2.5m telescope and spectrographs for collecting night time astronomical data. Includes pre and post observing checkouts, night time observing, weather and performance monitoring, light troubleshooting and repairs and miscellaneous observing support duties. This includes night-time shift work on the mountain at 9300 feet MSL, may include some weekend and holiday work.

Required Education
Master’s degree in a related field.

Required Experience
Five (5) years of professional experience related to the standard duties as outlined (see NMSU website)

Equivalency: Bachelor degree in a related field and seven (7) years hands-on observing experience with modern astronomical spectrographic and/or imaging instruments, moderate to large telescopes, and astronomical data reductions with demonstrated research success.

Benefits
Group medical, hospital, life, dental, and disability insurance. State educational retirement, workers compensation, sick and annual leave, and unemployment compensation. See NMSU Benefits

Target start date: August 1, 2019 or earlier

Quicklink for Full Posting: http://jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/34558

Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to the NMSU electronic application system.

Employment is contingent on continued funding and eligibility for employment in the U.S. and results of a background verification. EEO/AA

 

Updated 4/18/2019

Chief Telescope Technologist for the SDSS 2.5m telescope

New Mexico State University is for a Chief Telescope Technologist for the SDSS 2.5m telescope operations at Apache Point Observatory (APO).

As the Sloan Digital Sky Survey moves into phase 5 with a new robotic fiber positioner and the Large Volume Mapper new telescope array and spectrographs, we are looking for a new Chief Telescope Technologist to manage the engineering , maintenance and operations of SDSS telescope facilities. Person will ; Oversee and participate in the design ,fabrication, assembly and commission of new hardware, Develop and maintain operational procedures and maintenance schedules, Plan and coordinate maintenance work, Supervise, direct, and evaluate work of approximately seven staff.

Person should be able to understand design, fabrication and testing of various electro-, opto- mechanical systems for complex telescope systems, including interfaces and scientific instruments. Perform preventive and corrective maintenance to systems as necessary, and ensure safety and integrity. Monitor trends and correct anomalies. Perform troubleshooting and problem analysis. Specify procedures, schedule, and maintain spare lists for maintenance and repair of telescope systems. Report activities and progress related to telescope systems engineering to Site Operations Manager. Specify, procure, maintain specialized mechanical, electronics, and optical test and maintenance equipment. Develop an annual plan and budget for telescope systems engineering activities and projects and manage annual shutdown activities which include disassembly, servicing and reassemble with collimation and commissioning. Loss time due to system failures is targeted at 0.5%

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with ten (10) years of experience related to the standard duties as outlined or any equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience as approved by Human Resource Services.

Position entails non-standard work schedule, including weekends and holidays as needed. Posting number is 1901928S

Benefits: See http://hr.nmsu.edu/benefits/

The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents (CV/Resume, 3 references, unofficial copy of transcripts) must be attached to the NMSU electronic application system at http://jobs.nmsu.edu.

Employment is contingent on funding and eligibility for employment in U.S. and results of a background verification. Target start date Jan 15 2020. NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer

Updated 8/29/2019