Adaptive Optics Scientist (Part-Time)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Archive Date: 
Saturday, July 18, 2020
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Other
Institution/Company: 
AURA
City: 
Hilo
State/Province: 
Hawaii
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The International Gemini Observatory, part of the National Science Foundation's National Optical Infrared Research Laboratory, has an immediate opening for an ADAPTIVE OPTICS SCIENTIST to participate in the early stages of exploring  the feasibility and possible implementation of a Ground Layer Adaptive Optics (GLAO) system for the Gemini North telescope.

We have initially identified three significant challenges in implementing GLAO on Gemini North - 1) The provision of an Adaptive Secondary Mirror, 2) Packaging and optical feed of appropriate Laser Guide Star Wave Front Sensors (WFS), and 3) Long term operations and maintenance of the ASM and WFS. Prior to undertaking a full GLAO design study, Gemini is carrying out a feasibility study to determine if suitable solutions to these challenges exist and what their constraints are. The AO Scientist will play a leading role in this feasibility study and any additional follow-on work that arises as a result.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion at Gemini Observatory. Our managing organization, AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at http://www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp

We seek an individual who can thrive in a culturally diverse environment. This position will be part of the Technology Development Department at Gemini, which includes our Adaptive Optics operations and development staff across both Gemini telescopes. This position will be based at Gemini North in Hilo, Hawaii, but is also amenable to remote telework. The position will work regular office hours. Occasional travel to international destinations may be required. This position will be filled at either the depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate. This is a part-time (20 hours per week), term-limited position.

AURA provides a generous compensation package including health coverage, paid vacation leave, parental leave and retirement benefits. 

All applicants must submit a cover letter with their resume that describes their interest in this position and their relevant experience along with three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews will be scheduled for candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and complete the application process as instructed. The position will remain open until filled.

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA

Essential Functions:

  • Provides expertise on Adaptive Optics systems and techniques, especially GLAO.
  • Provides expertise on Adaptive Secondary Mirror technologies and operations.
  • Presents scientific and technical results at observatory and broader community based astronomical meetings and symposia.
  • Maintains an interest in the scientific mission of Gemini, its relation to the wider scientific context and to the public interest.
  • Participate and present project results in observatory committees and national/international scientific organizations and meetings.
  • Contributes to outreach to both the AO and astronomical communities, and with communicating astronomy to the public.

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities

Qualified candidates will have a  Ph.D. in Astronomy or related field and at least 3 years of experience working with Adaptive Optics systems utilizing Adaptive Secondary Mirror technology, preferably at a major ground based astronomical observatory. Additional requirements include excellent technical writing, advanced computer and oral/public speaking communication skills with the ability to communicate with a wide variety of staff, including scientists and engineers throughout the Gemini partnership is essential. Must be able to work in small teams as well as work independently. Possess excellent team player skills with an aptitude for dealing with practical problems and issues is necessary.  Familiarity with spectroscopy, direct imaging and ground-based observing. Proficiency with astronomical software and data reduction techniques. Must be able to contribute to scientific research programs using Gemini. Must be able and willing to travel internationally and work in a culturally diverse
environment.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands as described in the Adaptive Optics Scientist Job Description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work of an Adaptive Optics Scientist is mostly carried out in an office environment near sea level. Long periods of sitting may be required.  

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. he statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our record keeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

 

Included Benefits: 

AURA provides a generous compensation package including health coverage, paid time off and retirement benefits.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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AURA Human Resources
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
ADAPT03567
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employment@aura-astronomy.org