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|NOIRLab - Assistant Science Operations Specialist||Closing date: 2021-05-07
Contact: Angelica Junco
|The NSF's National Optical Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab) has an immediate opening for an Assistant Science Operations Specialist to work with the international Gemini Observatory. The successful candidate will join our international team operating two of the world's premier ground-based telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. We are looking for a talented individual to become part of the Telescope Operations Division at NOIRLab.|
|The NSF's National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab) is the preeminent US national center for ground-based, nighttime optical and infrared astronomy. NOIRLab is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) which operates as a matrix organization, providing services across a range of programs: Gemini, Rubin, MSO (CTIO and KPNO), and CSDC; with facilities in three geographic locations: Arizona, Chile and Hawaii. The mission of NOIRLab is to enable breakthrough discoveries in astrophysics by developing and operating state-of-the-art ground-based observatories and providing data products and services for a diverse and inclusive community.
A Science Operations Specialist (SOS) position is available at Gemini South (La Serena, Chile). An SOS is a member of the Science Operations team and performs a number of essential duties in the Observatory's operation. The tasks fall in four main areas: (1) Telescope operation, (2) Queue observing, (3) Daytime quality assessment, instrument calibration and software testing and (4) Project work: specialized work in line with observatory goals and mission; assigned by management. This position does not include personal research.
The Gemini South telescope is largely operated from the base facility in La Serena, but occasionally duties may take place at the summit of Cerro Pachón, at an altitude of about 2700m. La Serena is a popular seaside town with a population of about 200,000, has a temperate climate, and a substantial international astronomical community.
The SOS essential job duties include the following:
* Operates the telescope, instruments and computer systems during night-time and day-time science and engineering use.
* Performs queue observing and assists visiting and staff scientists and engineers in their use of telescope, instruments and computer systems.
* Evaluates the quality of scientific data and provides operational, technical and archival support for data handling.
* Works independently on special projects aligned with Observatory goals.
* Is responsible for the safety of the personnel, telescope and instruments while working at night.
* Must be willing to work weekends and holidays as needed. Schedule is subject to change and varies by person within the group based on their responsibilities.
* Must be prepared to work night shifts.
* Must be prepared to be responsible for the safety of people and equipment while working at night.
* Must possess organizational and communication skills as well as the ability to learn quickly. Must be fluent in English, while command of the Spanish language is an advantage.
* Must be reliable, dependable, and flexible - excellent attendance and commitment to work scheduled shifts is necessary.
* Must be a self-learner and self-starter; requires above-average initiative.
* Requires outstanding judgment and ability to communicate firmly when issues of safety of personnel or the telescope are apparent.
* Ability to work productively in a multinational team.
* A good working knowledge of PyRAF/IRAF, Python, and the Unix/Linux operating system is preferred.
* Requires prior experience in operation of large telescope.
* Requires a valid driver?s license, clean driving record and the ability to drive 4WD vehicles.
A Bachelor's degree in physics, astronomy, computer science, engineering or closely related field is required; a Masters is preferred, particularly if it included observing experience.
* All AURA employees are responsible for the proper management and control of all AURA property within their work area, whether assigned to them or someone else. This responsibility includes reporting any known missing, stolen, or non-working property in their work area to their supervisor or the AURA Property Officer.
* Responsible for ensuring compliance with government award terms and conditions assigned to this position or subordinates of this position as defined in the Vela Award Management system.
For more information about the Physical Demands of this opportunity and NOIRLab's managing organization AURA, please go to https://www.aurajobs.com
If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please submit your CV/Resume along with a Cover Letter in English (PDF files preferred) at https://www.aurajobs.com Reference number: ASSIS03809
Also, kindly provide contact information of 3 professional references in your application, as references will be contacted later in the recruiting process. To be considered in the first round of reviews, please submit your application by MAY 7th, 2021. Please name any attachments with the following format: LastnameDocname. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The position will remain open until filled. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to employment @ aura-astronomy.org
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