Lowell Observatory is currently seeking an Opto-Mechanical Engineer (OME) at Lowell Observatory’s Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI). NPOI is the world's largest astronomical optical interferometer and is located at one of the premier dark sky sites within the continental U.S. near Flagstaff, Arizona. NPOI is currently undergoing upgrades which will significantly enhance the array’s capabilities and increase operational reliability.
As a member of Lowell Observatory’s Technology Group, the OME is responsible for continued development and support of the mechanical infrastructure and optical systems at NPOI. The OME position reports to the NPOI Project Manager.
This position is initially funded for the duration of the NPOI Upgrade project (3-5 years), with the potential to become permanent thereafter, assuming satisfactory job performance and the availability of (and funding for) subsequent projects at Lowell Observatory.
The Opto-Mechanical Engineer designs, installs, troubleshoots, and validates existing and planned improvements of mechanical infrastructure, optomechanical tools, and instrumentation. The OME will work directly with partners and stakeholders (Lowell Observatory, US Naval Research Lab, US Naval Observatory, and contractors/outside vendors) to ensure successful implementation of NPOI upgrades. This includes the development, support, and documentation of new enhancements to the array facilities, optical train, and supporting systems. The OME will ensure compliance with all safety requirements and quality standards. The OME also will provide night-time support for telescope operators when needed to resolve time-critical issues. Additional responsibilities may include support for the Lowell Discovery Telescope (LDT) and other Lowell Observatory facilities.
For a complete job description and instructions on how to apply, please visit our employment page https://lowell.edu/about/employment/