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Telescope Techn,Chief

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The electronic application is the *official* document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

Department Contact

Department Contact Information

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Department Contact Name Ofelia Ruiz
Department Contact Phone 646-1868
Department Contact Email

Posting Details

Posting Details

Requisition Number 1700015S
Classification Title Telescope Techn,Chief
Position Job Title Telescope Techn,Chief
College/Division Arts and Sciences College
Department 330300-Astronomy
Position Number 716904
Internal or External Search External - Open to all applicants
Appointment Full-time Equivalency 1.00
Reports To Position Title Associate Professor
Target Hourly/Salary Rate Target entry commensurate with qualifications
Pay Level 12
Pay Base Salary
Recruitment Summary

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include maintaining and documenting the telescope control system at the DUNN Solar Telescope. Including telescope interface relating to pointing adaptive optics systems and instrument connectivity to main observer platform. The successful candidate will also make recommendations for the Telescope Control System upgrades and will be involved in the design and implementation of a new system, including both hardware and software. Maintaining, troubleshooting, programming, data analysis, and upgrade projects.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Required Experience

Ten (10) years of experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined

Classification Summary

Responsible for the maintenance and operations of telescope facilities and for training, assignment and scheduling of facilities support personnel in operation of the facilities maintenance/support equipment. Develops and maintains operating procedures and maintenance schedules. Plans and coordinates maintenance work and supervises contractors. Contributes to upgrades of equipment and may lead troubleshooting exercises.

Classification Standard Duties

Supervise, direct, delegate, and evaluate work of assigned staff. Complete design, generate contracts for fabrication, and conduct installation and testing of various electro-, opto-, mechanical systems for complex ARC telescope systems, including interfaces to instrumentation. Perform preventive and corrective maintenance to systems, as necessary, and ensure safety and integrity. Monitor trends and correct anomalies.Perform troubleshooting and problem analysis. Provide engineering drawings, schematics, firmware, and operator instructions. Provide hands-on instruction to other observatory staff for telescope systems. Specify procedures, schedule, spare lists for maintenance and repair of telescope systems. Report activities and progress related to telescope systems engineering to Site Operations Manager. Advise on resolution related to conflicts of priority, schedule, and budget. Lead telescope and systems-related engineering activities during scheduled telescope maintenance shutdowns. Document and publish any engineering studies and advances in technology in professional journals. Specify, procure, maintain specialized mechanical, electronics, and optical test and maintenance equipment. Develop an annual plan and budget for telescope systems engineering activities and projects. Perform related duties as required.


University and department policies and procedures; principles and practices of organization and administration; mechanical design including material selection, adhesives, vacuum systems, structural analysis, digital controls, statistics, thermo dynamics, dynamics and machining; astronomical telescopes, including mechanical drive systems and control servos; optical coatings, general analog and digital electronics, thermal measurement; CAD mechanical design; cryogenics and vacuum systems; fiber optics; writing and organization of drawings and other system documents.


Short- and long-term range planning; problem analysis and resolution; public contact.


Direct, evaluate, train and supervise the work of assigned personnel; communicate effectively in written and oral form; develop and maintain effective working relationships; maintain accurate and orderly records; use independent judgment and initiative; organize and direct several activities; analyze and evaluate information; ability to plan and organize projects; and prioritize work; respond to mechanical contingencies.

Equivalency Any equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience as approved by Human Resource Services.
Preferred Qualifications
Required Certification/License
Special Requirements

work site is located at an altitude of 9200ft

Other Departmental Requirements
Standard Work Schedule Shift: Other Shift
If not a Standard Work Schedule, please describe

M-F 8am-5pm but some early mornings, late afternoons, weekends or holidays may be required

Physical Work Location State NM-New Mexico
Physical Work Location County, if in New Mexico OT-Otero
Work Site Sunspot Solar Observatory, Sunspot, NM
Contingent Upon Funding Contingent upon external funds
Bargaining Unit Eligible Posting Announcement Statement This is NOT a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Tenure Track No
Posting Date 01/10/2017
Closing Date 03/31/2017
Anticipated Job Begin Date (optional)
Anticipated Job End Date, if applicable (optional)
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

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Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Environment Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
Physical Effort Light physical effort. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
Lifting Requirements Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
Risk Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you become aware of this position opening?
    • NMSU Website
    • Las Cruces Sun News/El Paso Times
    • Albuquerque Journal
    • Chronicle of Higher Ed
    • New Mexico Department of Labor
    • Other (If other please answer next question)
  2. If you became aware of this posting from another source, please describe?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Unofficial Transcripts
Optional Documents