The MMT Observatory (MMTO) seeks a Queue Observer to join the MMTO team to support the nighttime operations 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 http://mmto.org.
The MMTO uses queue-based service observing that takes advantage of state-of-the-art instruments to deliver high quality data to our users. We are seeking a detail-oriented individual to join the nighttime operations team as the second Queue Observer. This position is based on the summit of Mt. Hopkins with an official duty station at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) basecamp at 670 Mt. Hopkins Rd. in Amado, AZ.
Most of the duties for this position will take place during nighttime observing shifts at the telescope where the Queue Observer will operate the instrument and collect data based on an observing schedule. Depending on the observing conditions, the Queue Observer may need to make on-the-fly decisions to alter that observing schedule. The Queue Observer will work alongside a Telescope Operator who will monitor and run the telescope and observatory infrastructure during observing. The observing time will be split with a second Queue Observer and as such, the position will require a somewhat flexible work schedule that will include roughly every other weekend and some holidays. The observing shifts will consist of a few to several nights in a row followed by a few to several nights off. An example of a Queue Observer schedule can be found under the “Assistant” column on the MMT schedule posted at: https://scheduler.mmto.arizona.edu/schedules/2019c.
The Queue Observer will have an extended vacation period of four to six weeks during the annual summer shutdown maintenance period (Jul/Aug). Depending on the instrument schedule, the Queue Observer may not be required during their scheduled observing run. Occasionally, some specific activities may require work at the MMTO’s University of Arizona campus labs or offices located in the Steward Observatory building.
To apply go to http://uacareers.com/postings/41150. Application reviews begin 9/18/19. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA Employer-M/W/D/V.