Deputy Director for Science

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, April 23, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
Other
Institution/Company: 
Lowell Observatory
Street Line 1: 
1400 W Mars Hill Rd
City: 
Flagstaff
State/Province: 
AZ
Zip/Postal: 
86001
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Lowell Observatory invites applications for the position of Deputy Director for Science (DDS). The DDS is responsible for the Observatory’s scientific management and vision. This is a full-time, exempt, employment-at-will position reporting to the Director.  The DDS will be a tenured member of the scientific staff.  The term as DDS is five years, renewable upon mutual agreement with the Director. Salary is based on experience and is set by the Director.

Lowell Observatory is an independent, 501(c)(3) institution that conducts research and outreach in astronomy and planetary science. Founded in 1894 by Percival Lowell, the Observatory operates three sites: its main campus on Mars Hill overlooking Flagstaff, Arizona and two dark sky sites at Anderson Mesa and Happy Jack, 10 and 40 miles from Flagstaff, respectively.  Lowell has an operating budget of approximately $14M and employs a staff of ~125, including a faculty of 15 astronomers and planetary scientists as well as several postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate research interns.

The faculty’s research expertise includes solar system studies including Pluto and the Kuiper belt, icy moons, occultations, and comets and NEOs; stellar astrophysics including massive star evolution, fundamental stellar parameters, and solar and stellar variations; star formation and exoplanetary systems; galactic structure and evolution; and large-scale structure of the Universe.  In support of its research programs, Lowell owns and operates several telescopes, including the 4.3-meter Lowell Discovery Telescope (LDT) and the 1.1-meter John Hall telescope. Partners in the LDT include Boston University, the University of Maryland, the University of Toledo, Northern Arizona University, and Yale University. Lowell also operates the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI) under a contract from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and in partnership with NRL and the United States Naval Observatory (USNO). With a maximum baseline of 437 m, the NPOI is presently undergoing a multi-million-dollar upgrade that will substantially increase its sensitivity and scientific potential. Faculty collaborate extensively in the rich scientific environment of Flagstaff, including with staff at the NAU Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, the USNO Flagstaff Station, and the astrogeology branch of the United States Geological Survey.

The principal responsibility of the DDS is to manage and implement the scientific goals and vision of the Observatory, in close collaboration with the faculty and scientific staff. The Science Master Plan and the Strategic Plan, both of which are developed by staff and approved by the Trustee and the Director, capture many of the ways this will be pursued. The DDS will lead periodic reviews of these plans to maintain and evolve them as needed, and the DDS will work with all Observatory senior management to ensure the science vision is correctly integrated and prioritized within the Observatory’s overall Strategic Plan. The DDS also acts as the principal source of support and assistance for the faculty, including mentoring of faculty on the tenure track, providing letters of support for individuals and for proposals, managing hiring of tenure-track astronomers, and overseeing 3-year and 6-year tenure reviews.

Please see the complete announcement and instructions on how to apply at the website link. 

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Based on Experience
Included Benefits: 

In addition to 10 scheduled paid holidays, Lowell Observatory offers a Flexible Paid Time Off policy for all full-time, benefit eligible employees which allows you to determine how much time you need to rest and enjoy yourself outside of work.  The cost of premiums for medical, life & long term disability insurances for benefit eligible employees is 100% paid by the company, and includes a contribution to either an H.S.A or HRA account for first dollar medical expenses

Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 30, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Human Resources
Institution/Company: 
Lowell Observatory
Street Line 1: 
1400 W Mars Hill Rd
City: 
Flagstaff
State/Province: 
AZ
Zip/Postal Code: 
86001
Country: 
United States of America
Phone: 
928-233-3251
Email: 
humanresources@lowell.edu
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Jeff Hall
Subject: 
Deputy Director for Technology
Email: 
jhall@lowell.edu