Telescope Operator / Observer at the Dunn Solar Telescope

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
New Mexico State University
Department Name: 
Department of Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
1320 Frenger Mall
Street Line 2: 
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces
New Mexico
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

New Mexico State University is seeking a telescope operator to perform day time observations with the Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, NM.

Job Duties and Responsibilities include: learning and documenting the daily operation of the Dunn Solar Telescope and instruments; monitoring the data streams, system performance, and observing efficiency, and documenting observing techniques and observing software; troubleshooting observing set ups. In addition to standard operations, the observer will perform periodic engineering tests and procedures, and assist NMSU telescope staff to maintain and improve facilities. 

Relevant experience includes hands-on telescope operation (with attendant mechanical and computer expertise); some proficiency in Unix/Linux, TCL, IDL, C, Python and IRAF; imaging and spectroscopic data reduction; and CCD instrumentation and electronics. Unix programming skills are desirable.
Ability to work independently is critical.

Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Required Experience: One (1) year of experience related to the standard duties as outlined, or equivalency

Nominal work week is 7am to 3pm, M-F but some early morning, late afternoon, weekend or holiday work may be required.

Physical Work Location: Dunn Solar Telescope, Sunspot, NM
, at an altitude of 9200 ft.

Job Closing Date: 08/31/2017

Targeted Start Date: 10/01/2017

Required application documents include: CV/Resume, three references, and unofficial copy of transcript(s); all documents must be attached to the NMSU electronic application system at

Employment is contingent on funding and eligibility for employment in U.S. and results of a background verification.

Contact: mcateer AT

Included Benefits: 

Benefits will be provided through NMSU: See

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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NMSU Human Resources
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Dr McAteer
Telescope Operator / Observer at the Dunn Solar Telescope