The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) is inviting applications for the position of Observatory Scientist.
The GMT partner institutions have undertaken to design, build and operate at 25m-class general-purpose optical-IR telescope at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The GMT’s primary mirror is comprised of seven 8.4m diameter segments. The telescope will operate in a seeing-limited mode as well as three adaptive optics modes. Adaptive secondary mirrors and laser beacons will allow the telescope to obtain diffraction-limited images over much of the southern sky.
GMTO is seeking an Observatory Scientist to lead planning for scientific operations and to support interfaces between the telescope, instrument and AO system. The Observatory Scientist will also participate in scientific planning, interactions with the Scientific Advisory Committee and communications within and outside the project. The successful applicant will be a key member of the GMT project team. The GMT Project Office is located in Pasadena, California.
Qualifications and experience required for this position:
PhD in Astronomy, Physics or related discipline
Minimum of five years post-degree experience with optical/IR observations
Experience in observatory support and operations
For a more complete job description and contact info, please see our website. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, list of publications and a short description of their interests and experience that relate to observatory operations and project development. Applicants should provide the names and contact information for three references that may be contacted by GMTO.