Telescope Systems Scientist at the CHARA Array
The Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) at Georgia State University (GSU) is seeking applicants for a Telescope Systems Scientist position. CHARA operates the CHARA Array, an optical/IR, long-baseline interferometer located at Mount Wilson Observatory (www.chara.gsu.edu). The Array currently consists of six 1-meter aperture telescopes with separations from 30 to 330 meters that relay collimated beams through evacuated tubes to a central beam synthesis facility. Plans are in place for a seventh mobile telescope that will work with the others through a fiber optics relay.
We are searching for an individual to lead our instrumentation development and maintenance program. This includes, but is not restricted to, working with our telescopes and their adaptive optics systems, their enclosures, and the beam relay systems. The successful applicant will also be involved in the electro-optical systems inside the laboratory and the design and development of new instruments. Those with experience in the development of optical instrumentation for stellar interferometry are particularly encouraged to apply for this position. The workplace is the Mount Wilson Observatory north of Los Angeles, California.
Applicants should have the following basic qualifications:
1) Ph.D. (or BS with equivalent years experience) in astronomy, physics, engineering, or closely related field;
2) significant expertise in electro-optical instrumentation with work experience in one or more of the following areas: telescopes, adaptive optics, fiber optics, optical design, mechanical design and fabrication, electronics, and computer control of instruments;
3) evidence of the ability to work in a collaborative effort;
4) a working knowledge of computer-controlled systems.
Applications should include:
2) Statement of the candidate's professional interests and accomplishments, and how they relate to the CHARA Array;
3) Contact information for at least three references.
Questions regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Theo ten Brummelaar (email@example.com) or Dr. Douglas Gies (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications received by May 16, 2021, will receive full consideration. An offer of employment will be conditional on background verification.
Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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