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Staff Technician

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Staff Technician
Department Large Binocular Telescope Obs (0463)
Location Outside of Tucson
Position Summary

Based in Safford, Arizona, and located on Mt. Graham, the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO) seeks candidates for the position of Staff Technician. The Large Binocular Telescope represents a major advance in astronomical research capabilities and is the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world.

The selected candidate will report to the LBT Observatory Manager or designate at the telescope and work on a variety of complex equipment, perform routine maintenance, repair, installation work and/or build prototypes. Activities are usually concentrated in a specific field of expertise such as mechanical, electrical, electronics, computer applications or instrumentation, but require extensive familiarity with different scientific, engineering and technical disciplines.
The selected candidate will work a varying shift schedule at the telescope on Mt Graham. This schedule will be comprised of four days per week with 10 hour shifts.
Candidates must be able to perform his/her duties at an altitude of 10,500 feet and travel up and down the mountain each day in a car pool from base camp.

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 retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Participates in project planning and scheduling; produces labor and material estimates; provides feedback for scientists, managers and engineers regarding work progress.
  • Provides support for engineering endeavors by performing design assistance, drawing validation, design review, documentation tasks, prototype construction, liaison with technical staff and other technical services as required.
  • Coordinates activities with project and department staff in similar or differing fields; interacts with other departments and serves as liaison with a variety of vendors when required.
  • Develops techniques, procedures and tooling for fabrication, assembly, testing, installation and other operations.
  • Supervises and trains subordinates from similar or dissimilar fields or of differing status and skill levels as workload requires; participates in evaluation and selection of applicants for staff positions.
  • Inspects and maintains quality control in project critical areas.
  • Works with administrative staff to procure necessary parts, materials, equipment and services; maintains inventories of standard supplies, tools, equipment and spare parts.
  • Performs modifications, troubleshooting, repairs and maintenance on a wide variety of standard and highly specialized technical equipment.
  • Fabricates, assemble, installs and tests devices and instruments when workloads require or when a high level of proficiency is required due to extreme difficulty or critical nature of the particular task.
  • Operates many types of equipment including highly sophisticated, specialized unique systems designed and constructed solely for scientific research projects.
  • Keeps records, writes reports and may assist in the preparation of proposals or publications.
  • Assists in maintenance of telescope instruments.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of common and special equipment, systems, techniques, standards and practices in a particular field of expertise.
  • Knowledge of typical applications, equipment and techniques for a wide range of related and unrelated technical fields.
  • Knowledge of safety principles utilized in equipment design and workplace operations of various types.
  • Skill in staging and coordinating a number of diverse project activities.
  • Skill in design, fabrication, assembly, procurement, installations, operation, testing, troubleshooting, repair, calibration, maintenance, modification and documentation of a wide variety of technical equipment.
  • Skill in making thorough observations and evaluations.
  • Skill in safely driving on mountain roads in winter conditions.
  • Skill in the use of computers and software for retrieving, reviewing, and editing digital documents.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing at least 50 pounds.
  • Able to work at heights.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.
  • Able to lift and carry objects weighing at least 50 pounds.
  • Able to perform duties at an altitude of 10,500 feet
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Completion of a two year technical vocational or college program in the field of expertise with emphasis on math, science, engineering or technology AND six years of broadly diversified experience in a variety of positions involved with complex applied technology such as science projects, aerospace, nuclear power or sophisticated instruments; OR, eight years of broadly diversified experience in a variety of positions involved with complex applied technology such as science projects, aerospace, nuclear power or sophisticated instruments; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience with telescopes or other precision electro-optical-mechanical systems.
  • Maintenance experience with complex systems.
  • Trained in any or all of the following areas: boom and scissor lift operation, forklift operation, proper use of PPE, fall arrest, first aid / CPR / AED, crane operation, rigging, ladder safety, lockout/tag out, and arc flash.
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Computer, Engineering and Technical
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Non-Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24484
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
ggardner@lbto.org

Open Date 01/17/2018
Review Start Date 01/29/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings http://uacareers.com/postings/26150
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.

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • 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. * Have you completed a two year technical vocational or college program in the field of expertise with emphasis on math, science, engineering or technology AND have six years of broadly diversified experience in a variety of positions involved with complex applied technology such as science projects, aerospace, nuclear power or sophisticated instruments; OR, have eight years of broadly diversified experience in a variety of positions involved with complex applied technology such as science projects, aerospace, nuclear power or sophisticated instruments; OR, have any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents