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Instrumentation Specialist

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Instrumentation Specialist
Department Large Binocular Telescope Obs (0463)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO) seeks one Instrumentation Specialist to join the Science Operations and Instrumentation Support Group.

The LBTO operates the 2 × 8.4 m LBT on the 3200 m summit of Mount Graham near Safford, Arizona. Our three facility instruments as well as the facility adaptive optics system have been commissioned and brought into routine use. Instruments include a pair of wide-field prime focus optical imagers (LBC), the multi-object double spectrograph (MODS), and an infrared imager/spectrograph capable of multi-object spectroscopy and utilizing the adaptive optics system (LUCI).

Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. The Instrumentation Specialist will work alternately in shifts on the summit of Mount Graham and at the LBTO headquarters at the Steward Observatory on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona.

The University of Arizona seeks people with diverse perspectives and experiences and is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action organization. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also encourage applications from alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

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
  • Responsible for daily maintenance and nighttime configuration of the facility instruments as well as trouble-shooting and repair of the facility instruments under the direction and supervision of the Engineering Group and/or instrument teams.
  • Prepare for and perform cryogenic mask exchanges for the LUCI and MODS instruments.
  • Assist visiting astronomers.
  • Assist partner instrument teams during the commissioning of facility instruments or other observatory systems.
  • Responsible for the daily maintenance and support of auxiliary instrument related services and equipment such as cryogenics, vacuum systems, electro-mechanics, optics, instrument electronics, and detectors.
  • Provide the first corrective actions on the instruments in case of malfunction.
  • Prioritize projects and tasks by discussing the schedule with management and other stakeholders.
  • Work weekends and/or extended periods of time on Mt Graham as necessary.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of optical, electrical, and mechanical systems.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage work with urgent deadlines.
  • Basic knowledge with MS Office
  • Familiarity with LINUX/UNIX
  • Ability to climb stairs, bend, stretch and stand for extended periods of time.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, or related field AND two years of experience with astronomical instrumentation; OR six years of astronomical instrumentation experience: OR any equivalent combination of experience training and/or education.
  • Capable of working at the 3200 m elevation of Mount Graham
  • Able to lift 50 lbs
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience supporting and maintaining advanced 4-8 m class telescope optical and infrared instrumentation.
  • Instrument or electronics test equipment experience is highly preferred.
  • Cryogenic and vacuum experience.
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 A22295
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 01/29/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Gene Gardner

Open Date 12/21/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/08/2018
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

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  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. * Are you capable of working at the 3200 m elevation of Mount Graham?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics or related field AND two years of astronomical instrumentation experience; OR, six years of astronomical instrumentation experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents