BICEP Winter-over Scientist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Archive Date: 
Thursday, July 14, 2022
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Minnesota + Harvard University
Department Name: 
School of Physics and Astronomy / Astronomy and Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
116 Church Street S.E.
Street Line 2: 
John T. Tate Hall
City: 
Minneapolis
State/Province: 
MN
Zip/Postal: 
55408
Country: 
Antarctica
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Job Summary
The BICEP collaboration is looking for two full time scientists to work on a cosmic microwave background polarization experiment located at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The two-person winter-over team is responsible for maintaining and operating the BICEP telescopes while science data is being recorded throughout the austral winter. The BICEP winter-over scientists will start work in fall 2022 and deploy to the South Pole via New Zealand. A continuous stay at the South Pole, lasting approximately twelve months, is required until November 2023.

Responsibilities
30% instrument integration and calibration: During the austral summer season, assist a team of specialists with the installation of new microwave receivers into the existing telescope mounts and control systems.

65% Telescope maintenance and operation: Work collaboratively to diagnose and rectify malfunctions, often seeking assistance from remote team members. Monitor data quality. Maintain cryogenic refrigeration systems in good working order. Work with hands, power tools; bending, stooping, climbing on ladders and structures, and moderate to heavy lifting.

5% Regular collaboration with the supervisors for the project. Weekly status reports and phone calls, along with daily interaction with project team members.

Other duties of a similar scope as assigned.

Must be able to live and work in a harsh environment. Must be able to walk 6 km per day wearing heavy clothing under extreme weather conditions. Successful candidates must meet all requirements of the U.S. Antarctic Program and will be required to demonstrate that they are physically qualified to work in Antarctica.

Application Documents Resume (Required), Cover Letter (Required), References (Required)

Application Deadline: June 26, 2022

Current Status of Position: Accepting Applicants

 

Included Benefits: 

Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off

Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship

Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans

Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts

University HSA contributions

Disability and employer-paid life insurance

Employee wellbeing program

Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity

Financial counseling services 

Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Physical Sciences Division
Institution/Company: 
University of Minnesota
Department Name: 
School of Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
116 Church Street SE
Street Line 2: 
John T. Tate Hall
City: 
Minneapolis
State/Province: 
MN
Zip/Postal Code: 
55408
Country: 
Antarctica
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Julie Murphy
Subject: 
BICEP Winter-over Scientist Job ID 347615