10-Meter South Pole Telescope Winter-Over

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Chicago
Department Name: 
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The 10-meter South Pole Telescope (SPT) Winter-over will be a member of a two-person crew located at the NSF Amundsen-Scott South Pole research station in Antarctica. The crew will be responsible for the hands-on maintenance and operation of the SPT. The crew will participate in the preliminary analysis of the astronomical data and is an integral part of the SPT collaboration. A continuous stay at the South Pole, lasting approximately eleven months, is required. The position begins in January 2019 and ends in November 2019.


Assemble and set-up scientific equipment

Check scientific instrumentation

Maintain cryogenic refrigeration systems in good working order

Test and integrate electrical and mechanical assemblies, including the power, computer and electronic components

Climb, operate machines, operate power tools, and report on the status of telescope and observations to SPT collaboration through weekly teleconferences

Other field work for instrument deployment and maintenance



Must have the ability to work independently and as well as within a team environment

Ability to plan; pay attention to details

Analytic and quantitative skills; reading, self-motivation, problem solving, math and reasoning skills

Must have oral and written communications skills

Ability to manage time pressures

Competence with computer systems and electronic instruments is required


Additional Requirements

Education and Experience:

An undergraduate degree in Physics or Engineering with a strong research component is required, or at least one year of remote-field work experience on telescopes, mechanical systems (including servo systems and cryogenic systems), radio, analog and digital electronics 

Experience working at a harsh, remote site is strongly preferred 

Experience working in a self-motivated manner within a large collaboration and the demonstrated ability to think in a structured, logical manner while under pressure is desired 


Working Conditions and Physical Requirement:

Due to the job site, the South Pole, good physical health is required

Will be working in a cold and harsh environment

Climbing, bending, reaching lifting and operating machines and power tools are required


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Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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Mary Wawro
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10-Meter SPT Winter-over