NSF’s National Optical Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab) invites applications for the position of Rubin Observatory Community Scientist for Documentation.
The core duties of this role are to coordinate and participate in the delivery of user-facing scientific documentation related to the Rubin Observatory data products and software. This role is primarily concerned with validating the scientific content and accessibility of the user-facing documentation, and making optimal use of the existing technical infrastructure for documentation. This position is with the Rubin Community Engagement team (CET) within the Rubin System Performance department.
Candidates working in all areas of astronomy will be considered. Individuals with experience in one or more of the following are particularly encouraged to apply:
- science with wide-field optical imaging surveys
- optical image data processing pipelines
- data products derived from optical imaging surveys (catalogs, coadded images, alerts)
- user-facing documentation for software or data products
- web-based technical documentation infrastructures
This position will be on the scientist track, with 20% time for independent research. Those appointed to the scientist track are expected to engage in astronomical research projects. They are encouraged to pursue synergies between their service work and their research goals, and to become active scientific stakeholders in the success of the telescopes, instruments, data sets, and software systems that they support. The position can be taken at any of the NOIRLab sites (Tucson, AZ; Hilo, HI; La Serena, Chile).
NOIRLab recognizes the excellence that diversity brings to our research, operations, and community support, and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We continually seek to broaden participation on our staff and strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. All NOIRLab staff are funded to spend up to 3% of their time on DEI activities of their own initiative or as part of existing NOIRLab programs.
Minimum Requirements: PhD in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, or a closely related field, and at least two years of research experience post-PhD.
For full consideration, applications should be received by September 2, 2022. To apply, please submit: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position and any relevant experience; (2) a curriculum vitae or résumé with a bibliography; and (3) a statement summarizing your most important research contributions and proposed program of research at NOIRLab (limit: 2 pages, plus references).
Please submit all documents as PDF files, named with the following format: Lastname_Docname.pdf (where Docname is CoverLetter, CV or Resume, or Statement). Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to [email protected].
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