Gemini Observatory has an immediate opening for a tenure-track astronomer position at Gemini South in La Serena, Chile. This position requires a solid commitment to Gemini’s mission to advance knowledge of the Universe by providing the Gemini community with forefront access to the entire sky and requires strong scientific leadership abilities.
The tenure-track astronomer is expected to maintain a strong scientific program with excellent productivity. The tenure-track astronomer is additionally expected to provide scientific leadership to Gemini South science staff. Forty percent (40%) of the tenure-track astronomer’s time is available for astronomical research. The position includes access to the generous research budget shared by all research staff, as well as access to observing time on both Gemini telescopes.
Gemini science staff astronomers utilize diverse, state-of-the-art astronomical research tools and instrumentation. The exact support duties of the staff Astronomer will vary depending on the individual’s skills and interests, and the Observatory’s needs. All staff are expected to become proficient in night-time observing using any of the Observatory’s current instrumentation and to support investigators in the community. Additional support projects may include new instrument commissioning or other Observatory development projects aimed at improving efficiency, data quality or user support.
Gemini South is entering an exciting period with new forefront capabilities being implemented. New instrumentation that has recently come online at Gemini South includes a near-IR multi-object spectrograph (FLAMINGOS-2), a facility laser system for multi-conjugate adaptive optics and its associated IR imager (GeMS/GSAOI), and the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI). Gemini is particularly interested in applicants whose research is linked to one or more of these capabilities. Candidates will further be encouraged to help shape Gemini South in the era of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.
The initial appointment is a three-year renewable term, with application for tenure generally expected during the second three-year term. The position is based in La Serena, Chile, a popular beach town with a mild climate, modern amenities, and a substantial international astronomical community supporting four nearby observatories.
Requirements: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or related discipline, and related work experience. Substantial ground-based observing and/or instrumentation experience is highly desirable, particularly using modern facilities. Experience/knowledge in one or more of the following areas is a plus: infrared imaging, spectroscopy or multi-object spectroscopy; adaptive optics; and high spatial resolution imaging and coronagraphy. Scientific productivity and impact will be considered, as judged by the candidate’s top contributions to astronomy, which may include research publications, contributions to software or technical projects, contributions to education, etc.
Must be safety conscious; possess or be able to obtain a valid passport; willing and able to travel internationally; have a valid driver's license with good driving record, and be able to drive 4WD vehicles. Applicants must be willing to work nights at the summit of Cerro Pachon, at 2900m.
Please submit a cover letter relating your experience and interest in the position, along with a full Curriculum Vitae, publication record, and a statement of current and future research. The names and email addresses of three professional references must also be provided.
Apply at www.gemini.edu/jobs . For further information about the position please contact Andy Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
The position will remain open until filled. Applications received by 31-Mar will receive full consideration.
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