Observatory Support Scientist (Boston University)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Archive Date: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Boston University
Department Name: 
Lowell Observatory
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a position in support of Boston University interests at Lowell Observatory (LO). The successful applicant will be stationed at LO in Flagstaff, AZ. The main duties are to help maintain Boston University instruments at LO telescopes, update and maintain software for operating these instruments, provide logistics support to visiting Boston University researchers, and act as a partial liaison between Boston
University staff and researchers and their LO counterparts. The successful applicant may also be involved in scientific collaborations within and/or outside of Boston University.

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in astronomy, physics, or engineering, plus at least 3 years of hands-on experience servicing, designing, and/or building modern astronomical instruments and in using research-level astronomical observatories. Additional desired qualifications include a high degree of competence in the use of programming languages, and strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills.

Since 1998, Boston University and Lowell Observatory have jointly operated the 72-inch Perkins telescope, located on Anderson Mesa, near Flagstaff, AZ. Members of Boston University’s Institute for Astrophysical Research (IAR) have built two instruments for the Perkins telescope: PRISM, which provides optical imaging, polarimetry, and spectroscopy; and Mimir, which provides near-infrared imaging, polarimetry, and
spectroscopy. Boston University is also a partner in the 4.3 m Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT), which saw first light in 2012. There are currently no Boston University-built instruments on the DCT, but such instruments are planned for the future.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three people who can provide letters of reference on behalf of the candidate to Ms. Erin Reynolds, ereynold@bu.edu. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position will commence as soon as possible.

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer. Boston University prohibits discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status.

Applications are currently being accepted through 9/25/17.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, September 25, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Erin Reynolds
Boston University