NRES Instrument Scientist
Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) is seeking to hire a full-time Instrument Scientist for the Network of Robotic Echelle Spectrographs (NRES). LCOGT has deployed and now operates a network of 9 x 1-meter robotic astronomical telescopes, distributed among 4 sites (in Texas, Chile, South Africa and Australia). Additional sites may be developed in the future. With NSF funding, LCOGT is in the process of developing a set of cross-dispersed fiber-fed echelle spectrographs to be attached to these telescopes, thus realizing a world-wide network of spectrographically-capable 1-meter telescopes. Our intent is to use these mostly for radial velocity and stellar characterization studies related to exoplanet science. Design of these spectrographs is almost complete, and fabrication of major components has begun. First light is expected early in 2015.The successful candidate will assist with all aspects of fabrication, laboratory testing, deployment, commissioning, and use of the spectrographs.
The position is primarily an instrumental one, but some related scientific work (20% time) is expected. The term is 2 years, with a possible extension depending on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Salary is commensurate with an upper-level postdoctoral position, adjusted to reflect the successful candidate's skills and experience. Starting date is as soon as possible, but in any case before 1 Oct 2014.
Requirements: The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in astronomy or a related discipline, and also at least 3 years of experience with astronomical instrumentation. Residence in or near Santa Barbara, CA is required, but also willingness to travel world-wide to deploy or maintain instruments.
Desired skills include:
* Experience with astronomical echelle spectrographs, and with telescopes.
* Experience with handling, testing, and using fiber optics.
* Experience with laboratory and astronomical software, ideally including Linux, python, IDL, IRAF, ZEMAX, and 3D CAD systems
* Experience with the techniques of precise radial velocity measurement. LCOGT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. An attractive benefit package is offered. References will be requested upon completion of a successful interview. Email Curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org.