Superintendent, McDonald Observatory - JRID48542

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
August 31, 2014
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
August 22, 2014
Job Details
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution/Company Name: 
McDonald Observatory
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Taft Armandroff
McDonald Observatory
Street Address Line 1: 
2515 Speedway, Stop C1402
Zip/Postal Code: 
no email submission
Contact Information For Inquiries About Job
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Job Announcement Text: 

The University of Texas McDonald Observatory seeks highly qualified and strongly motivated applicants for the position of Superintendent of the McDonald Observatory. The position primarily involves management and oversight of operations at McDonald Observatory, located near Ft. Davis, Texas. The Observatory consists of four optical telescopes (2.7m, 2.1m, 0.9m and 0.76m) along with several tenant telescopes. The Observatory also hosts the 9.2m Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET). These telescopes feature a wide range of state-of-the-art instrumentation for imaging and spectroscopy in the optical and infrared. The qualified applicant will lead a staff of approximately 50 employees who operate and maintain the telescopes and associated instrumentation, physical plant facilities, visiting astronomer dormitory, and public outreach facilities. The successful applicant will be expected to reside on site in McDonald Observatory housing.

The Superintendent is in charge of operations at the west Texas site, including personnel management, oversight of observing support and physical plant operations, and coordination of technical operations; acts as the scientific and operational liaison between west Texas and staff on the Austin campus; interfaces with HET Site Manager and personnel; works with senior management to further the goals of the observatory as set forth by the Director and has a lead role in facility development and safety. The Superintendent reports to the McDonald Observatory Director at the University of Texas at Austin.

In addition, the Superintendent is expected to work with visiting official and special visitors to the Observatory. The Observatory functions as a small community and the Superintendent is responsible for establishing an environment conducive to the mission of the Observatory, including maintaining resident morale and Observatory relations with the surrounding towns and communities.

Required qualifications include a Bachelors degree in science or engineering and at least 5 years of management experience. A Masters or Ph.D. in Astronomy or related technical discipline is preferred. Operational familiarity with advanced instrumentation, especially telescopes, is desirable, as is the ability to communicate with the public, the press, official visitors, governmental officials, and UT Austin officials.

Please submit a resume, a letter of interest, and list of three references to Dr. Taft Armandroff, Director, McDonald Observatory, via The University of Texas at Austin Job Search web site at and refer to job number 14-07-11-01-0415.

This is a security sensitive position. Conviction verification conducted on applicant selected. THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.

Included Benefits: 

See The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting # 14-07-11-01-0415 at: