Optical Telescope Observer (Physical Science Technician)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Department Name: 
Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
Street Line 1: 
670 Mount Hopkins Rd
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

This position is a bona fide open position that has not been promised to anyone. It will remain open for at least 15 days.

The  Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), a member of the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) invites applications for a staff position to conduct astronomical observations with the optical/infrared instrumentation at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) 1.5m Tillinghast telescope, and the FLWO 1.2m telescope, both located on Mt. Hopkins in Amado, AZ.

Duties include operating the telescopes and associated instrumentation, analyzing the resulting data for quality and adjusting the telescope or instrument accordingly, and reporting results to scientists or other professionals.

The successful candidate for this position should have an interest in astronomy, and the ability to work independently at a remote location on a variable work schedule of several nights on, then off, based on the telescopes’ schedules.  Experience in operating telescopes and some familiarity with spectroscopy is desirable, but training will be provided.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, but no selection will be made during the open period.  The start date can be negotiable but a start date as early as possible after selection is desirable.

For specific information on salary, benefits, and to apply for the position see:



Included Benefits: 

This is a Federal position with a full benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance and paid leave.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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