The European Southern Observatory is opening the following position at Paranal, Chile:
Operations Staff Astronomer
(Career Path V)
Operations Staff Astronomers contribute to the challenge of operating the world leading astronomical facility so as to optimize its scientific output. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to provide expert knowledge on novel instrumentation, and may be given the overall responsibility for an instrument at the Very Large Telescope.
The successful candidate will:
• Contribute to the observing support in both visitor and service mode at the La Silla Paranal Observatory, with duty station on Paranal, including short-term scheduling of observations, calibration of instruments and the assessment of the scientific quality of the astronomical data.
• Work in collaboration with one or several of the teams operating the instruments currently on the mountain to improve their operations and scientific performances, and contribute to the VLT operations-readiness of the second generation of instruments.
The successful candidate will be member of the ESO Science Faculty, with an appointment at the level of Assistant or Associate Astronomer. S/he will be expected and encouraged to actively conduct astronomical research.
We are seeking a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics or equivalent, with substantial observing experience (at least three years) and a strong background in state-of-the-art observing techniques available at Paranal, in particular, but not limited to, high-angular resolution (e.g. multi-object spectroscopy, etc.).
The position requires three letters of reference to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and on-line applications go to https://jobs.eso.org/.
Closing date is 31 July 2014