The Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope invites applications for the position of Director.
The Director is responsible for the overall operation of SOAR including its budgets, staff, and technical development. The SOAR Board seeks a person who will successfully manage observatory operations and play a leading role in formulating a vision for the future of SOAR. The candidate is expected to have experience with complex scientific facilities, an appropriate scientific background, and leadership abilities to serve as Director. In the near-term, SOAR is enhancing its instrument capabilities, including recently commissioning the MOS mode for the Goodman Optical Spectrograph and the SOAR Laser
Beacon Adaptive Optics Module, and will soon bring online two bench mounted optical spectrographs: SIFS with a large-format integral-field feed, and STELES, a high resolution echelle.
The Director reports to the SOAR Board of Directors, which is composed of members from the four SOAR partners: University of North Carolina, Michigan State University, Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologia e Inovacao of the Federative Republic of Brazil, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. The SOAR Telescope is located on Cerro Pachón, Chile and the position of the director is based in La Serena, Chile. The Director will normally be appointed for a term extending to the completion of the current operating agreement on Oct 1, 2018.
Renewal after that time is possible, depending on the renewal of the international agreement under which SOAR operates. Inquiries about the position can be directed to the President of the SOAR Board, Steve Zepf (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Consideration of applications will begin December 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory) in the United States and Chile under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. The SOAR Director is considered an AURA/NOAO employee.
AURA is an affirmative action & equal opportunity employer. AURA/NOAO actively supports efforts to broaden participation in all Observatory activities. Women and candidates from under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.