Gemini Observatory has an immediate opening for two Science Operations Specialists at Gemini North, Hilo, Hawaii. This is a non-research position within the scientific staff and is 100% operations support. A Science Operations Specialist covers a range of essential operational duties in three areas divided between daytime and night time work.
(1) Telescope operations - operates the telescope, instruments and computer systems ; works with engineers and science teams during instrument commissioning at night; troubleshooting to a first order; is the duty officer responsible for the safety of equipment and people at 14,000 feet.
(2) Queue observing - executes observational programs in queue mode depending on weather conditions and priorities; may also be ask to take engineering data; exams image quality on-the-fly; works remotely with PIs when eavesdropping.
(3) Data quality assessment and instrument calibrations - provides essential operational, technical and archival support for data handling; morning calibrations; afternoon instrument calibrations, software testing, preparing the telescope and instruments for nighttime operations, troubleshooting faults with the engineering team, and reporting status daily.
In addition the Science Operations Specialist also performs independent or collaborative projects related to improving the Observatory systems and operation efficiency.
The typical schedule is a combination of day and nighttime work. Current staff in this group spends an average of 5-10 nights per month on the summit; this number is subject to change and varies by person within the group based on their responsibilities. The specific duties of the successful applicants will depend on their skills and interests, and the needs of the Observatory.
The applicant must be safety conscious and willing to participate in safety training; may be required to assume responsibility for safety of personnel and equipment while on nighttime duty at the summit. Must possess good communication skills, knowledge of software and hardware systems, and be familiar with Unix/Linux. Must have a good understanding of observational astronomy. Previous experience in operation of ground-based telescopes and instruments, knowledge of astronomical instruments and optical and infrared observing techniques, and/or astronomical data processing is strongly preferred. A good working knowledge of PyRAF/IRAF, as well as experience with high-level scripting in Unix/Linux command shell and Python/Perl is preferred. Bachelor in science, engineering, astronomy, or computer science required. Master’s in astronomy or physics desirable. Requires valid driver’s license, clean driving record and ability to drive 4WD vehicles. Applicants must be capable of working in a remote location at an elevation of 2900 meters (8,900 ft) for Gemini South and 4200 meters (14,000 ft) for Gemini North. International travel is expected. Gemini offers an attractive and competitive salary and benefit package.
The Gemini North base facility is located in Hilo, Hawaii, a town with a very diverse population of about 43,000 people, a tropical climate, and a large international astronomical community supporting the observatories on Mauna Kea.
The Gemini Observatory mission is exploring the universe and sharing its wonders. Come join our international team operating two of the world’s leading ground-based 8m telescopes, located in Hawaii & Chile.
Send current resume with cover letter relating your experience, education and background to the needs of the position, along with the names and contact information of three individuals familiar with your work/credentials/qualifications from whom a reference may be obtained.
The consideration and evaluation of candidate materials will begin January 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.
For further information about the position please contact Dolores Coulson Science Operations Specialist Manager - Gemini North firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>