observing assistant / support astronomer

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
Yale University
Department Name: 
Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
P.O. Box 208101
City: 
New Haven
State/Province: 
CT
Zip/Postal: 
06520-8101
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

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).

RESPONSIBILITIES

The successful applicant will be part of the EXPRES team and will be performing most of the observing for the 100 Earths program.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$50000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$70000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

Includes Yale medical coverage.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Andrew Szymkowiak
Institution/Company: 
Yale University
Department Name: 
Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
P.O.Box 208101
City: 
New Haven
State/Province: 
CT
Zip/Postal Code: 
06520-8101
Country: 
United States of America
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Andrew Szymkowiak
Subject: 
Observing Asst Position