Principal Engineer, Instrument

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Arizona
Department Name: 
MMT Observatory
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The MMT Observatory (MMTO) seeks an Instrument Engineer to join the MMTO team to support the operation of a modern world-class optical/infrared astronomical observatory. The MMTO, a joint venture of The University of Arizona and the Smithsonian Institution, operates a 6.5-meter telescope located on the summit of Mt. Hopkins (elevation 8550 ft), approximately 40 miles south of Tucson, AZ. Additional details regarding the telescope and its instrumentation can be found at

We are seeking a self-motivated, hands-on engineer with both practical skills and a knowledge of cutting-edge technologies. The successful candidate will become the group lead for the MMTO’s newly formed Instrument Support Group (ISG). He/she will coordinate and participate in a wide variety of instrument related activities with the goal of maximizing the reliability and optimizing the performance of the MMTO’s astronomical instrumentation. This instrumentation includes imagers, spectrographs, adaptive optics systems, wavefront sensors, and calibration units. In addition to working with the engineering and scientific staff at the Observatory, the successful candidate will also collaborate with staff and scientists at the University of Arizona and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

The duty station for this position is located on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. However, the responsibilities of this position will require that the Instrument Engineer work at the telescope site a few to several days per week. The position will require a somewhat flexible work schedule with occasional weekend and evening/nighttime shifts to support instrument changes and the preparation, startup, and checkout of instruments.  Some demanding projects will require additional time at the telescope.

To apply go to Application reviews begin 9/16/19. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA Employer-M/W/D/V.

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
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!

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, October 11, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
MMT Observatory
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Barbara Russ