Deputy Director for Science - JRID48608

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
October 31, 2014
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
October 15, 2014
Job Details
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution/Company Name: 
Lowell Observatory
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Danielle Sahlin
HR Administrator
Lowell Observatory
Street Address Line 1: 
1400 W Mars Hill Rd
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Contact Information For Inquiries About Job
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Job Announcement Text: 

Lowell Observatory invites applications for the position of Deputy Director for Science (DDS). Lowell is in a period of significant growth with the recent completion of its $53M, 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope, now into advanced commissioning and delivering outstanding performance. Addition of the DCT is substantially expanding the Observatory’s scientific programs, formal research partnerships, staff, outreach, philanthropic efforts, and physical plant. Lowell also operates several other telescopes including the 1.8-meter Perkins reflector and, in partnership with USNO and NRL, the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer. The Observatory operates a highly capable instrument shop and employs a large technical staff. The DDS will take a leading role in working with Lowell’s Director and astronomers to guide, support, and advocate for all of these rapidly expanding scientific activities.

Duties of the DDS include managing the scientific goals and priorities of the Observatory as captured in the Observatory’s science master plan and strategic plan; working with the Director to represent the scientific staff and Lowell research to the Observatory’s Advisory Board, as well as to major donors and private sector supporters; working with Lowell scientific partners to maximize the benefits of their access to Lowell telescopes; supervising the Scientific Staff Administrative Assistant to maximize the effectiveness of that position in supporting Lowell astronomers, including but not limited to grant reporting and support for workshops and conferences; managing hiring of tenured and tenure-track staff and supervision of 3-year and 6-year tenure reviews; and working closely with the Director to maintain the effectiveness and clarity of the overall scientific direction of the Observatory.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in astronomy, planetary science, or closely related field and will join the Lowell staff with tenure. He or she will have a record of significant research and securing of research funding. Experience in Observatory, departmental, or project management is not required but is a plus. It is expected that the DDS will spend approximately 50% of his or her time performing the duties listed above, with the other 50% available for the candidate’s own research. The appointment as DDS is expected to be for 5 years. Further extension is possible based upon performance and mutual agreement.

Applications received by October 15, 2014, will receive full consideration. The starting date is negotiable, with a start as soon as practical after January 1, 2015 being preferable. Questions and inquiries about the DDS may be directed to Jeffrey Hall, Director, Lowell Observatory,

Lowell Observatory is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Lowell Observatory provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources office for assistance.

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Included Benefits: 

Full Lowell benefits package applies; includes health, dental, vision, life,long-term disability, vacation, sick and retirement.