Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is inviting applications as a part of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program. SOFIA is a premier observatory for infrared and sub-millimeter astronomy. A 747-SP aircraft carries a 2.5-meter telescope designed to make sensitive infrared measurements on a variety of astronomical objects. The Instrument Operator provides and supports selection and development of computer or technology-based systems required for others to do their work. The position requires in-depth knowledge of a particular field or specialized systems technology. The Instrument Operator shall support the Observing Program by operating the science instruments during flights. The observatory is operated primarily in a queue-scheduled mode, and the Science and Mission Operations staff is responsible for performing the observations on behalf of guest investigators who have proposed for and received time in a peer-review process. The science instrument console will be staffed with an Instrument Scientist, who is expert on the instrument that is installed and being used on that flight, and an Instrument Operator. In development and early operations the Instrument Operator will assist with characterization, calibration and commissioning of the Facility Science Instruments (FSI)s. In operations, operate the instrument, monitor performance and support the Instrument Scientist. Some Education and Public Outreach opportunities such as assisting with outreach to the public may be required. If the Instrument Operator is a Ph.D. astronomer with an active research program aligned with the scientific goals of SOFIA, the position may receive up to 25% time for independent research. Application should include 1.Cover letter 2.Resume/Curriculum Vita 3.Names and contact information of three references Compensation for this position is competitive, and based on candidates’ experience and expertise.
Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, 401K, medical and dependent flexible spending account, leave; holiday, sick, annual.