Assistant Science Operations Specialist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Archive Date: 
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Other
Institution/Company: 
AURA
City: 
Hilo
State/Province: 
Hawaii
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The International Gemini Observatory, part of the National Science Foundation's National Optical Infrared Research Laboratory, has an immediate opening for an ASSISTANT SCIENCE OPERATIONS SPECIALIST at our Northern Base Facility.  We are committed to diversity and inclusion at Gemini Observatory. Our managing organization, AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at http://www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp

We seek an individual who can thrive in a culturally diverse environment. The Assistant Science Operations Specialist is a member of the Science Operations Team and performs a number of essential duties in the Observatory’s operation.  The successful applicant  will have demonstrated organizational and communication skills and possess self initiative and ability to understand the principles and functions of astronomical telescopes, instruments and observational data in acquiring proficiency.  The successful applicant will also possess excellent teamwork skills in order to work collaboratively with Gemini staff in our international community.

The position is located at the Gemini North (GN) Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii.

AURA provides a generous compensation package including health coverage, paid vacation leave, parental leave and retirement benefits. 

All applicants must submit a cover letter with their resume that describes their interest in this position and their relevant experience along with three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.

Activities and Functions of the Job 

The tasks of the Science Operations Specialist fall in four main areas: 

(1) Telescope operation,

(2) Observing,

(3) Daytime data quality assessment, instrument calibration and software testing and,

(4) Project Work (specialized work in line with observatory goals and mission, assigned by management).  This position does not include research.

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities

Qualified candidates will have a Master’s degree in physics, astronomy, computer science, engineering or a closely related field and at least three years of hands-on experience of operating or observing with large ground-based optical/ IR telescopes, or with reducing and analyzing the data from such facilities. Knowledge and familiarity with Unix-based operating systems, e.g., Linux or Mac OS X is required. Exceptional work experience may substitute for a science or engineering degree at the discretion of the Associate Director of Science Operations. 

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work of an Assistant Science Operations Specialist is mostly carried out in an office environment near sea level. Long periods of sitting may be required. You will be expected to perform night time duties as well as day time, working to a prearranged schedule.  Given the nature of the observatory, occasional work at high elevation (Maunakea, 4200m) will be required.

For full consideration, please submit your completed application by May 31, 2020.

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. 

Included Benefits: 

AURA provides a generous compensation package including health coverage, paid time off and retirement benefits.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
AURA Human Resources
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
ASSIS03533
Inquiries About Job
Email: 
employment@aura-astronomy.org