Magellan Instrument Support Engineer/Scientist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Las Campanas Observatory
La Serena
Job Announcement Text: 

Las Campanas Observatory (LCO), of the Carnegie Institution for Science Observatories - a world-class astronomical institution - is seeking an Engineer/Scientist to strengthen our operations team in Chile in the role of instrumentation support at the Magellan telescopes. The Observatories manage the twin 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes at LCO on behalf of a consortium of research institutions. LCO offices and administrative headquarters are located in the coastal resort city of La Serena, while the observatory facilities are located 160 km north of La Serena at the southern extremity of the Atacama desert in the Andes mountains.

Job Description:

The Magellan Instrument Support Engineer/Scientist will work in a team of scientists, engineers and technicians to maintain and support operation of the 8+ Facility Instruments deployed at the Magellan Telescopes. The successful candidate will be responsible for night time operation of a wide variety of instrumentation during scheduled engineering periods as well as the reduction, analysis, and documented monitoring of calibration observations. The candidate will also be expected to contribute to the development, testing and use of data reduction pipelines; implementation and testing of new observing procedures and scripts as well as development of support tools for observing proposals. Other activities can include daytime maintenance and troubleshooting of instrument issues, optimisation of setup procedures, and participating in the commissioning of future instrumentation. The position is an operations support role nominally spending at least 10 nights per month on site at the observatory with the remainder of his/her time devoted to remote support duties, data analysis, and documentation. The Engineer/Scientist will report directly to Dr. Konstantina Boutsia, Magellan Instrumentation Scientist.


  • An advanced degree in astronomy, physics or engineering.
  • Experience in troubleshooting, operation, and real time data analysis of astronomical instrumentation is essential.
  • Computing expertise in a Mac OSX /Linux environment including substantial experience with IDL, IRAF, Python and/or similar high level programming is necessary.
  • Ability to communicate and cooperate in a team environment.
  • Full command of English is required as clear communication with off-site instrument teams is of paramount importance; knowledge of Spanish is an asset.
  • Ability to work at 8,000 feet.

Application Process:

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Complete job description is contained in this advertisement – no phone calls please. Only electronic applications submitted through our website will be considered. Thank you for submitting your application at:

Application review will begin on 15 January, 2019 and continue until position is filled.

Only select candidates who meet our requirements will be contacted.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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