HET Optomechanical Tech

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of TX - McDonald Obsv
Department Name: 
Hobby-Eberly Telescope
Street Line 1: 
32 Mt. Fowlkes Rd
City: 
McDonald Observatory
State/Province: 
TX
Zip/Postal: 
797347
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

McDonald Observatory at The University of Texas at Austin, has an opening for an opto-mechanical technician at the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET); a state-of-the-art optical telescope facility located in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, 16 miles from Ft. Davis, Texas (440 miles west of UT Austin campus). This position is responsible for maintaining the many optical systems throughout the facility with the principal focus on the large (10 meter), multi-segmented (91 mirrors), primary mirror. Maintaining the primary mirror involves removing and installing individual segments (swapping) as well as sustaining the critical peripheral systems required to support this array. The critical support systems include 1) the Segment Alignment and Maintenance System (SAMS), a sensor system that measures the figure of the primary mirror 2) the Segment Control System (SCS), a motor driven positioning system for each of the individual mirror segments and 3) the mirror frame, a mechanical system designed to hold each segment in place. Other work includes supporting the mirror coating process and thorough record keeping to document the work performed and the state of the various subsystems. 

Required qualifications: Bachelor's degree in science or engineering, or a related field; equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate. Preferred qualifications: Two years experience working with optical systems and/or a laboratory environment. Math skill set including linear algebra and calculus. Computer skill set including programming fundamentals, MATLAB, LabView. Ability and/or experience with directing and/or managing projects. Ability to do basic troubleshooting on both electrical and mechanical systems. In addition, candidates should have the work ethic and drive to maximize the scientific output of the telescope.

Visit http://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/search/0/ for a complete job description and to apply for job posting number 18-07-20-01-4216. For more information about the telescope and McDonald Observatory visit http://www.as.utexas.edu/mcdonald/het/het.html. Security sensitive position; conviction verification on applicant will be conducted. UT Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to diversity.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, August 27, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
George Damm
Title: 
Electrical Engineer
Institution/Company: 
McDonald Observatory / Hobby Eberly Telescope
Street Line 1: 
32 Mt Fowlkes Rd
City: 
McDonald Observatory
State/Province: 
TX
Zip/Postal Code: 
79734
Country: 
United States of America
Phone: 
4324263664
Email: 
rhenry@astro.as.utexas.edu
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
Posting 18-07-20-01-4216
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
George Damm
Subject: 
Opto-mechanical Technician
Email: 
gdamm@utexas.edu