Date Posted: 7/28/16
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA
UCO/LICK OBSERVATORYSupport Astronomer
The University of California Observatories
invites applications for a non-ladder-rank
academic position as Support Specialist for Lick
Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, under the direction
of the Associate Director for Lick Observatory.
Responsibilities include: Technical
instrumentation instruction assistance and
scientific guidance to observers on Lick
instrumentation, both in person and remotely;
night-time systems operation (e.g. Adaptive
Optics) circa 50-80 nights per year; monitor,
optimize, trouble-shoot, document and maintain,
plus on-call recovery/repair of, instrumentation;
install, and commission new equipment; support
and execute observing programs upon
request/delegation; conduct observatory tours and
night-time viewing; train observing fundamentals
to undergraduate through post-graduate levels and
beyond; interact closely with technical and other
staff at Mt Hamilton and UCSC. Participation in
research leading to published results is
expected. The appointee is expected to possess
(or readily obtain) a California driving license
and will be required to reside in subsidized
University housing at Mount Hamilton.
RANK: Assistant Specialist
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Masters or foreign
equivalent degree in Astronomy, Physics, or
related discipline. Minimum of two years of
experience in research astronomy and
instrumentation (graduate and/or postgraduate
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of
observational techniques and data reduction.
Experience working safely with a diverse
population of scientists/technicians to achieve
research goals. Ability to collaboratively
produce and maintain documentation in support of
instrumentation, installations, etc., using
unix/linux-based platforms. Knowledge of
high-precision optical alignment, calibration,
adaptive optics, high dispersion spectroscopy,
electronics, computer programming, and
substantial experience with the operation of
large telescopes is highly desirable. Experience
of day and night work. Excellent technical and
trouble-shooting skills and experience.
Experience responding to, managing and
prioritizing time-critical technical issues.
Understanding of performance monitoring and
optimization of electronic equipment and
POSITION AVAILABLE: October 30, 2016
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: This appointment is
intended to be available for up to two years.
Should the hiring unit propose reappointment, a
review to assess performance will be conducted.
In addition, reappointment is contingent upon
availability of funding.
TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via
the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must
include: application letter with a statement of
interest and qualifications, a current CV with
publication list, and 3 confidential letters of
reference*. Documents/materials must be submitted
as PDF files.
Apply at http://apptrkr.com/852150
Refer to Position #JPF00370-17T in all
*All letters will be treated as confidential per
University of California policy and California
state law. For any reference letter provided via
a third party (i.e., dossier service, career
center), direct the author to UCSCs
confidentiality statement athttp://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.
CLOSING DATE:Review of applications will
begin on September 12, 2016. To ensure full
consideration, applications should be complete,
and letters of recommendation received, by this
date. The position will remain open until filled,
but no later than 12/31/2016.
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Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration
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religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, national origin, disability, age, or
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