Lowell Observatory is seeking a Telescope Operator (TO) to work with Lowell's new 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT). The Telescope Operator will work closely with observers to maximize the productivity of the time spent on the telescope. Responsibilities will include preparing the telescope for, and operating it during night time observing, monitoring the telescope systems, reporting problems, and assisting engineering staff in diagnosing and fixing problems. TOs will maintain night time facility and observing logs, and assist astronomers in planning their night time observing strategy; they will be the first point of contact for astronomers who need information to design their observing night plans. The TO will also be responsible for assuring safety of personnel working at the facility and also for safety of the equipment.
Required qualifications are a Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy or a related field and a demonstrated understanding of astronomical coordinate systems and time keeping, and prior experience operating telescopes and astronomical instrumentation (at minimum optical cameras). Experience operating large telescopes (2meters and larger), and telescopes with active optics systems is a strong plus. Also, experience with maintaining astronomical instrumentation, and gathering and reducing astronomical data will be considered positively.
The telescope operator is a full time position expected to work evenings and weekends. Position is open until filled with the first round of applications reviewed on March 1, 2013. For further requirements and application instructions, please see the full announcement on our website: http://www.lowell.edu/about_jobs.php
Lowell Observatory is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Health, dental, life, and long term disability insurance; retirement benefits; and vacation and sick leave.