The 100 Earths Project is looking for an observing assistant/support astronomer. We are conducting a series of measurements of the radial velocity of nearby, quiet, bright F and G stars, in order to find small, rocky planets orbiting within their habitable zones. For this search, our small team constructed the EXPRES spectrometer, which is mounted on the 4.3m Lowell Discovery Telescope (LDT).
The successful applicant will be part of the EXPRES team and will be performing most of the observing for the 100 Earths program.
- Conducting observations with EXPRES remotely. The 100 Earths project typically will have 10 to 15 quarter night sessions each month
- Processing each observing session though the data reduction pipeline
- Maintaining the database of observations and results for the targets
- Reporting hardware and software problems that might arise
- Helping to train facility users on the EXPRES spectrometer
- Improving and maintaining the EXPRES documentation
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPECTATIONS
- Familiarity with varied computer systems, including Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
- Ability to work on the software (mostly Python and C) would add additional value
- History or experience with troubleshooting technically complex systems will be considered a plus
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Qualified candidates will possess at least a Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, or a closely related STEM field; or equivalent experience.
Preparation should include a demonstrated understanding of astronomical observing.
Prior experience operating research-grade telescope is not required, but is a significant plus. Specialized training in the operation of EXPRES will be provided.
The position will remain open until filled. Applications should consist of a cover letter and resume.
Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.