Observing Assistant - JRID29055

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
July 1, 2007
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
July 1, 2007
Job Details
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
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Government Agency
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Human Resources
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Observing Assistant - Astrophysicist, GS-1330-07
Federal Term Appointment for One Year with Possible Extension to 4 years
Salary Range - $31,740 - 41,262 + 25% Differential Pay

The Submillimeter Array telescope is the first interferometer devoted to observing in the submillimeter range (180 - 900 GHz). The Array consists of eight 6 meter antennas located near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The Array has recently been commissioned, and is seeking qualified persons to assist with scheduled science observations and to take part in continuing testing and implementation of new software and cutting edge equipment.

SMA Observing Assistant responsibilities include: working at the 13,200 ft site for several nights each month during scheduled shifts; operating the array for science observations, as well as ongoing engineering testing and development; troubleshooting any problems with hardware and software used during observations; some interpretation of testing results and assuring data quality during science observations and ensuring the physical safety of personnel, visitors and equipment.

Desired qualifications include a BS or BA in physics, astronomy or a related field, or equivalent experience and the ability to drive a 4WD vehicle on unpaved roads. Experience in operating astronomical telescopes and a continued interest in astronomical data acquisition are also required.

This position is based in Hilo, Hawaii, and a significant fraction of the Operator's time will be spent at the dormitory used by all Mauna Kea telescopes, located at 9,000 ft elevation.

Benefits include, health and life insurance, sick/vacation leave and retirement coverage. High altitude physical is required prior to appointment. Recruitment bonus may be paid. Relocation costs will not be paid. US citizenship is required.

Further and instructions for applying can be found at http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/hr/postings/ (Job Posting 27-25)

Closing date for this position is June 30, 2007.