Adaptive Optics Scientist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
University of Arizona
Department Name: 
Large Binocular Telescope Observatory
Street Line 1: 
933 N Cherry Av
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Eager to use your experience in Adaptive Optics to join a unique facility which provides tomorrow's resolution today? Tired of waiting for the ELTs to be on-sky? 

The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO) is seeking an Adaptive Optics Scientist to participate in the development, integration with compatible instruments, and operations of the LBT AO program and systems. With its two 8.4-m mirrors on the same mount, LBTO is the largest optical telescope in the world. With adaptive secondaries, a new generation of AO systems being commissioned, GLAO  capabilities with ARGOS, and a unique interferometer offering  the resolution of a 23m telescope, LBT is a forerunner of the ELTs. LBTO is heavily investing in AO for its future, with three new instruments in development for extreme AO in the visible and the near IR and AO-fed high resolution spectroscopy, and the potential for interferometry in the visible. 

The successful candidate will have a strong experience in AO operation on a large telescope or in developing AO equipment for deployment in the field as operational systems.

​The successful candidate is expected to participate in the many facets of the AO-related activities, from performance monitoring and optimization to development of new observing strategies to improving the efficiency and scientific outcome of the many programs to be brought to the telescope by a very diverse group of users spanning the entire LBT collaboration.

While most work will occur at the LBTO offices in Tucson, there will be some work conducted at the LBT site on Mt. Graham at an elevation of 10,470 feet. 

Minimum Requirements:
* Ph.D. level degree in adaptive optics or high angular resolution astronomy.
* 8 years of relevant experience, with 5 years of relevant experience with Adaptive Optics.

LBTO is a Unit within the College of Science of the University of Arizona (UA). ​

Included Benefits: 

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; 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!    More information on the UA Employee Benefits:

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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