EHT Scientist/Engineer

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
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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: 
Steward Observatory
Street Line 2: 
933 N. Cherry Avenue
Street Line 3: 
85721
City: 
Tucson
State/Province: 
AZ
Zip/Postal: 
85721
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Steward Observatory invites applications for a Scientist/Engineer to support developments and observations for the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). The EHT is a global network of millimeterwave telescopes that unite to image the event-horizon region of supermassive black holes at the center of our own and nearby galaxies. Building on the first image of a black hole, released in April 2019, the EHT Collaboration is enhancing its observing capabilities to sharpen its images and assemble movies. The University of Arizona leads EHT operations for three telescopes in Arizona and Antarctica, and seeks an enthusiastic R&D Engineer/Scientist to help realize these aspirations.

The position offers the opportunity to work at the University of Arizona, which hosts one of the largest and most prominent astronomy programs in the US. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications the position will be filled as R&D Electrical Engr I or R&D Engr/Scientist I. The candidate will be responsible for the preparation for and practical execution of Event Horizon Telescope experiment observations at three radio observatories. The successful a candidate will

  • Participate in the setup of VLBI experiments and the observations themselves at the three Arizona-affiliated EHT sites.
  • Ensure the collection and analysis of all necessary calibrations and meta-data.
  • Work with SIS mixer receivers, coherent signal chains, analog and digital signal processing equipment in laboratory and observatory environments.
  • Improve existing calibration and testing methods and develop new tests, software and/or hardware depending on skills and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS degree in electrical engineering, or a related field.
  • At least 1 year of experience with RF electronics and test equipment such as spectrum analyzers, power meters, and synthesizers
  • Computer programming experience
  • The candidate must have the ability to work at high altitudes, up to 11,000 feet, and in extreme cold weather conditions, and experience with or willingness to learn the use of 4-wheel-drive vehicles

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in electrical engineering or related field
  • Experience with digital signal processing, superconducting detectors, or coherent detection systems
  • Facility with programming in the Python language and a good working knowledge of Linux
  • Familiarity with astronomical observations and radio telescope operations
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an international team

The position is based at Steward Observatory, located on the campus of the University of Arizona and comes with a competitive salary and full benefits of an employee of the UA.

To apply for this position please visit https://talent.arizona.edu and apply to position # req2896. Applicants should submit a 1) CV and 2) a cover letter that explicitly addresses the required and optional qualifications, and relevant experience for the job. Applications received by December 1, 2020 will receive full consideration.

Email Address for Inquiries: dmarrone@arizona.edu

Included Benefits:

More information on the UA Employee Benefits: http://www.hr.arizona.edu/benefits

Included Benefits: 

The position is based at Steward Observatory, located on the campus of the University of Arizona and comes with a competitive salary and full benefits of an employee of the UA.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, January 4, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Dan Marrone
Title: 
Associate Professor, Astronomy and Associate Astronomer, Steward Observatory
Institution/Company: 
University of Arizona
Department Name: 
Steward Observatory
Street Line 1: 
Steward Observatory
Street Line 2: 
933 N. Cherry Avenue
City: 
Tucson
State/Province: 
AZ
Zip/Postal Code: 
85721
Country: 
United States of America
Phone: 
5206216524
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
# req2896.
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Dan Marrone
Subject: 
# req2896.
Email: 
dmarrone@arizona.edu