Instrument Scientist at Dunn Solar Telescope

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
New Mexico State University
Department Name: 
Department of Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
1320 Frenger Mall
Las Cruces
New Mexico
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

New Mexico State University is seeking a electronics/instrument specialist to support day time observations at the Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, NM.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include electronic engineering associated with maintaining (trouble-shooting and repair), documenting, redesigning, and upgrading the Dunn Solar Telescope and its science instruments. Instruments include broad-band imaging, narrow-band imaging, spectroscopy, imaging spectroscopy, and spectropolarimetry. The instrument specialist will also be responsible for recommendations for design modifications that will facilitate long-term operations and minimize support requirements. The instrument specialist may plan a role in the operations and upgrades to a new adaptive optics system.

Relevant experience: Candidates need to have significant (5+years) instrumentation/electronics experience, ideally with astronomical imaging, spectroscopy/spectropolarimetry instruments, and/or telescope and motion control systems. Ability to work independently is critical.

Required Education: B.S. in related field.

Physical Work Location: Dunn Solar Telescope, Sunspot, NM
, at an altitude of 9200 ft.

Employment is contingent on external funding and eligibility for employment in the US and results of a background verifications.

Job Closing Date: 08/31/2017

Targed Start Date: 10/01/2017

Required application documents include: CV/Resume, three references, and unofficial copy of transcript(s); all documents must be attached to the NMSU electronic application system at

Contact: mcateer AT

Included Benefits: 

Benefits will be provided throught NMSU: See

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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NMSU Human Resources
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Inquiries About Job
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Dr McAteer
Instrument Scientist at Dunn Solar Telescope