Lowell Observatory invites applications for the position of Deputy Director for Technology (DDT), a member of Lowell’s leadership team. S/he will supervise Lowell’s technical staff and will assume principal responsibility for the management, operation, and development of Lowell’s observing facilities and informational technology (IT) systems. Requirements for this position include (1) an advanced degree in astronomy, physics, engineering, or closely related field, and (2) experience building, maintaining, and/or operating research-grade astronomical telescopes, instrumentation, and observing sites.
The DDT will play a lead role in ensuring that (1) the Observatory’s technical resources are appropriate to the projects being undertaken, (2) the prioritization of technical projects is aligned with the Observatory’s scientific and outreach missions and long-term strategic goals, and is understood and supported throughout the organization and across Lowell’s partner institutions, and (3) projects undertaken are adequately supported and completed in a timely fashion. The DDT also provides the vision for the future of the technological assets of Lowell Observatory.
Lowell operates telescopes at three sites: its main Mars Hill campus (both research and public viewing telescopes), Anderson Mesa (including 1.1-meter, 0.9-meter, and 0.6-meter telescopes, as well as the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer), and Happy Jack (the 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope). Lowell also operates a well-equipped instrument shop that supports projects from design and development of modern instrumentation to restoration and preservation of historic observing facilities such as Percival Lowell’s 24” Alvan Clark refractor and the Pluto discovery telescope.
A start date of November 1, 2018 is strongly preferred. Please see the complete announcement and application instructions at the website link.