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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.

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