TO-Telescope Operator

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Institution/Company: 
University of TX - McDonald Obsv
Department Name: 
Hobby-Eberly Telescope
Street Line 1: 
32 Mt. Fowlkes Rd
City: 
McDonald Observatory
State/Province: 
TX
Zip/Postal: 
797347
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at the University of Texas at Austin, a state-of-the-art optical telescope facility located in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, has an opening for a Telescope Operator (TO). The TO is responsible for the operation of the telescope, dome and instruments for night-time observations while working with the Resident Astronomer to acquire data. The TO maintains the records and logbooks detailing the activities during the observing period. Local weather and facility conditions are monitored to insure adequate and safe observing conditions. Some day time responsibilities include: assisting the day staff in the resolution of technical problems and preparing the facility for night time operations.

Required qualifications: Bachelor's degree in astronomy, computer science, engineering, or a related field; equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate. Preferred qualifications: Completion of advanced courses leading towards a master’s degree in a STEM field and/or one or more years experience with operation of a 1+m telescope, understanding of observational astronomical terminology, experience with developing and adapting to changes in complex procedures for repetitive tasks, experience with quickly trouble shooting, documenting and working through faults in complex hardware and software systems, and experience working in a Linux or Unix environment through both command-line interfaces and GUIs. In addition, candidates should have the work ethic and drive to maximize the scientific output of the telescope. The work schedule will be determined with the Supervisor and will include nights and weekends.

For more information about the telescope and the McDonald Observatory visit http://www.as.utexas.edu/mcdonald/het/het.html. To view a complete job description, salary, benefits and application instructions visit http://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/search/0/ and refer to job posting number: 18-07-06-01-4216. This position is security sensitive and therefore the offer is contingent upon successfully passing a criminal conviction background check. The University of Texas, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$2958.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
+ depending on qualifications.
Included Benefits: 

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Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 10, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, August 10, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Search Committee
Institution/Company: 
UT/ Hobby-Eberly Telescope
Street Line 1: 
32 Mt Fowlkes Rd
City: 
Fort Davis
State/Province: 
TX
Zip/Postal Code: 
79734
Phone: 
4324263664
Email: 
rhenry@astro.as.utexas.edu
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
180706014216
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Matthew Shetrone
Subject: 
Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate I - Telescope Operator
Email: 
shetrone@utexas.edu