Adaptive Optics Scientist/Astronomer, Group Lead - JRID41672

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
February 29, 2012
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
February 29, 2012
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Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution/Company Name: 
Large Binocular Telescope Observatory
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
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Grisela Koeppen
Administrative Associate
Large Binocular Telescope Observatory
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933 N. Cherry Avenue
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Job Announcement Text: 

The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO), seeks one Adaptive Optics Scientist/Astronomer to join our Image Quality group as Group Lead.
As the principal of the LBT Image Quality (IQ) Group, with responsibility for commissioning and science operation of seeing enhancement systems at the LBT, the successful candidate will become a member of the LBT management team. The IQ group consists of AO scientists, Systems and Optical Engineers, a commissioning observer, and senior technicians. The group is expected to grow to provide adequate support for our laser guide star system ARGOS when it arrives to the telescope in the near future.

The LBT has two world leading Adaptive Optics secondary mirrors with pyramid wave-front sensors. The first AO system has been commissioned and is released for science operations. Commissioning of the second AO system is underway and scheduled for completion in 2012. ARGOS, a Rayleigh Laser Guide Star system currently under development by a US-European consortium, is scheduled for installation at the LBT in 2012. The IQ group is responsible for Delivered Image Quality (DIQ) to the instruments which in addition to AO and LGS systems include Active Optics systems and telescope collimation models and procedures for seeing limited operation.

It is expected that the IQ group head will actively take the lead on establishing quality AO science support at the LBTO, and to emplace the required science support procedures and tools with the ultimate goal of delivering maximum quality and highest efficiency AO and LGS observing for our partner observers. An important part of the work is providing hands-on observing support for AO science observing to facilitate close interaction with our science community.
A fraction of the incumbent's time may be designated for personal research. While most work will occur at the LBT Observatory offices in Tucson, there will be significant amounts of work at the LBT site on Mt. Graham at an elevation of 10,470 feet. Travel to LBT partner institutes in the US and Europe may also be required. Candidates with previous experience using and supporting 8-m class telescopes are especially encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Manage LBTO IQ group tasks and personnel
• Optimize AO/LGS science quality and observing efficiency
• Provide adequate science support and required observing tools for AO/LGS observing
• Establish channels for strong interaction with LBT science community
• Closely interact with LBTO Science Operations group to optimize telescope performance
• Group budget planning and budget tracking
• Contribute to project annual program planning
• Provide reports and documentation as required by project management

Minimum qualifications:
• A Ph.D. degree in astronomy or other related field.
• Familiarity with all aspects of modern astronomical adaptive optics.
• Previous experience at major observatory or similar facility.
• Able to work at the LBT site on Mt. Graham at an elevation of 10,470 feet.
• Previous personnel management experience.

Desired qualifications:
• Previous experience using and supporting 8-m class telescopes and instruments.
• Experience with science support of AO and/or LGS systems.
• Technical expertise in the area of AO and/or LGS systems is desired.

Special Comments: 

All Applicants for this position must be submitted through UA Career Track, The University of Arizona on-line application system at:, Reference Job# 49374

Included Benefits: 

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for employee and qualified family members; access to campus cultural and recreational activities; state retirement, and more.