Instrument Specialist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Large Binocular Telescope Observatory
Street Line 1: 
933 N Cherry Av
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO) seeks one Instrumentation Specialist to join the the Science Operations and Instrumentation Support Group.

The LBTO operates the 2 × 8.4 m LBT on the 3200 m summit of Mount Graham near Safford, Arizona. Our three facility instruments as well as the facility adaptive optics system have been commissioned and brought into routine use. Instruments include a pair of wide-field prime focus optical imagers (LBC), the multi-object double spectrograph (MODS), and an infrared imager/spectrograph capable of multi-object spectroscopy and utilizing the adaptive optics system (LUCI).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for daily maintenance and nighttime configuration of the facility instruments as well as trouble-shooting and repair of the facility instruments under the direction and supervision of the Engineering Group and/or instrument teams.
  • Prepare for and perform cryogenic mask exchanges for the LUCI and MODS instruments.
  • Assist visiting astronomers.
  • Assist partner instrument teams during the commissioning of facility instruments or other observatory systems.
  • Responsible for the daily maintenance and support of auxiliary instrument related services and equipment such as cryogenics, vacuum systems, electro-mechanics, optics, instrument electronics, and detectors.
  • Provide the first corrective actions on the instruments in case of malfunction.
  • Prioritize projects and tasks by discussing the schedule with management and other stakeholders.
  • Work weekends and/or extended periods of time on Mt Graham as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, or related field AND two years of experience with astronomical instrumentation; OR six years of astronomical instrumentation experience: OR any equivalent combination of experience training and/or education.
  • Capable of working at the 3200 m elevation of Mount Graham
  • Able to lift 50 lbs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience supporting and maintaining advanced 4-8 m class telescope optical and infrared instrumentation.
  • Instrument or electronics test equipment experience is highly preferred.
  • Cryogenic and vacuum experience.
Included Benefits: 

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Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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