Instrument Scientist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, May 27, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, July 22, 2022
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Arizona
Department Name: 
Steward Observatory
Street Line 1: 
933 N. Cherry
City: 
Tucson
State/Province: 
AZ
Zip/Postal: 
85721
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The University of Arizona Steward Observatory seeks an Instrument Scientist to work within the Center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics (CAAO) group reporting directly to instrument PIs and collaborating closely with faculty in CAAO, the Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory, and the Wyant College of Optical Sciences.

This research scientist will play a lead role in the design, development, integration, and testing of active and adaptive optics (AO) instruments and end-to-end observatory testing and commissioning for multiple new space and ground-based adaptive optics instruments. The AO scientist will participate in the review of test results from subsystems developed by partner institutions and industrial vendors, and will play a key role in the integration, testing, and commissioning of new instruments.

Assignments will include simulation of performance, developing/reviewing requirements, and performance budgets, reviewing and analyzing the results of instrument prototypes and wavefront control testbeds. Applicants with space instrumentation, exoplanet imaging, real-time controls and/or systems engineering experience are especially encouraged to apply.

UA/SO offers a world-class research environment in ground and space-based astrophysics with strong interdisciplinary programs across the Departments of Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Sciences, and the UA Data Science Institute. Recently selected to build the Aspera Pioneer SmallSat and home to the JWST NIRCam team, Steward Observatory provides direct access to various world-class facilities for ground-based radio and optical observing. Among these are the Large Binocular Telescope and 6.5m aperture telescopes located in both the northern and southern hemispheres and applicants would be eligible to submit their own science proposals.

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Fiscal salary
Included Benefits: 

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 22, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, August 1, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Dr. Ewan Douglas
Title: 
Assistant Professor, Astronomy
Institution/Company: 
University of Arizona
Department Name: 
Steward Observatory
Street Line 1: 
933 N. Cherry
City: 
Tucson
State/Province: 
AZ
Zip/Postal Code: 
85721
Country: 
United States of America
Phone: 
520-621-1829
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
req9976
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Susan Warner
Subject: 
Research/Scientist IV