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Specialist, Technical Services

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Specialist, Technical Services
Department Steward Observatory (0404)
Location Outside of Tucson
Position Summary

The department of Steward Observatory seeks to fill the position of: Specialist, Technical Services to operate radio telescopes of the Arizona Radio Observatory (ARO). ARO currently has two radio telescopes: the 12m on Kitt Peak, 50 miles southwest of Tucson, and the 10m SMT on Mt. Graham.

This position involves working for extended periods of time at a remote site at an elevation up to 10,500 feet. The candidate must be able to lift 50 lbs, climb stairs and ladders, operate heavy equipment and deal with mountain weather conditions.

Salary will be based on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Coordinates with remote and on-site astronomers to ensure instrumentation requirements for millimeter telescope observations.
  • Configures the telescope instrumentation for observing.
  • Participates in defining observing procedures and supports collection of scientific data.
  • Maintains daily logs.
  • Monitors on-site and local weather conditions as they pertain to astronomical observations and telescope safety.
  • Assists the engineering staff in testing and troubleshooting equipment.
  • Performs preventative maintenance and makes minor repairs to telescope and sub-systems; performs diagnostics related to the use of the telescope.
  • Drives as required between Tucson and the telescope sites.

Additional duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Four years of college or technical school training and two years experience in the technical field; OR, six years of experience in the technical field.
  • Ability to work long shifts up to 12 hours a day, 7 days straight with a week off in between.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, routinely climb stairs and ladders at altitude, operate heavy equipment and deal with mountain weather conditions.
  • Ability to work in extreme cold and warm weather conditions.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good vision is required to monitor and control critical equipment.
  • Good judgment is required in operating a remote telescope facility.
  • Valid driver’s license upon the first day of employment and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to service the telescope and dome, which requires working at heights up to 60 feet above the ground using proper safety equipment.
  • Four years of college or technical school training appropriate to the area of assignment and two years of experience with state of the art research or related instrumentation; OR, six years of experience operating telescopes with state of the art research or related instrumentation.
  • Experience with cryogenically cooled instruments.
  • Knowledge of millimeter radio telescopes, observing techniques and applications.
  • Knowledge of radio astronomical instrumentation and related microwave engineering equipment.
  • Familiarity with heavy equipment, including cranes, forklifts and manlifts.
  • Extensive experience in radio telescope operations and theory.
  • Experience with Linux or Unix operating systems.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Computer, Engineering and Technical
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22266
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates


Open Date 12/13/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 12/18/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have four years of college or technical school training and two years experience in the technical field; OR, six years of experience in the technical field.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents