Observatory Instrument Spec
Please see Special Instructions for more details.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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|Department Contact Name||Ofelia Ruiz|
|Department Contact Phone||646-1868|
|Department Contact Emailemail@example.com|
|Classification Title||Observatory Instrument Spec|
|Position Job Title||Observatory Instrument Spec|
|College/Division||Arts and Sciences College|
|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||63,000 - 71000|
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||
In order to enable a transition of operations of the Sunspot site from the National Solar Observatory to a multi-institute consortium, New Mexico State University is seeking a instrument specialist to support day time observations at the Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, NM.
Responsibilities include maintaining, documenting, redesigning, upgrading and supporting observations with the adaptive optics systems and all (4) science instruments at the telescope. Instruments include broad-band imaging, narrow-band imaging, spectroscopy, imaging spectroscopy, and spectropolarimetry. The instrument engineer may plan a major role in the construction and implementation of a new adaptive optics system.The instrument engineer will also be responsible for recommendations for design modifications that will facilitate long-term operations and minimize support requirements. The successful candidate will also make recommendations for observation design and software for operating each instrument.
Responsibilities include maintaining, documenting, redesigning, upgrading and supporting observations with the adaptive optics systems and all (4) science instruments at the telescope. Instruments include broad-band imaging, narrow-band imaging, spectroscopy, imaging spectroscopy, and spectropolarimetry. The instrument specialist may plan a major role in the construction and implementation of a new adaptive optics system.The instrument specialist will also be responsible for recommendations for design modifications that will facilitate long-term operations and minimize support requirements. The successful candidate will also make recommendations for observation design and software for operating each instrument.
Bachelor’s degree in related field.
Five (5) years of professional experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.
Under general direction, performs an assortment of complex duties related to the operation of observatory and telescope instrumentation, including maintenance, troubleshooting, and documentation of existing instruments. Duties may include design and implementation of instrument upgrades and new instruments. Work may involve optics, electronics, control system, and mechanical systems. Works with other observatory personnel to achieve minimal observatory systems downtime and long-term sustainability of observatory systems. May provide work leadership and training to lower level professional and technical staff.
|Classification Standard Duties||
Carries out design and feasibility studies for new technical innovations. Draws up plans and specifications for moderately complex instruments and projects. Estimates material, construction, and labor costs, and project timescales. May coordinate the work of other engineers, technicians and craftspeople. Tests installations and systems, and analyzes data making sure projects meet applicable safety regulations. Oversees and participates in inspection and maintenance programs. Attends meetings, writes reports and gives presentations to observatory management.
Knowledge and understanding of principles, procedures, regulations, and standards applicable to the job. An understanding of health and safety regulations is required. Understanding of the University’s mission, vision and goals.
Excellent communication skills. Excellent math, science, technology and IT skills. Excellent team-working and people skills. Good budgetary skills. Strong decision-making skills.
The ability to analyze complex problems and assess possible solutions. The ability to explain design ideas clearly. The ability to prioritize and plan effectively.
Experience with instrumentation for solar or other astronomical applications.
Experience with astronomical imaging, spectroscopy and / or spectropolarimetry instruments. Ability to work independently is critical.
Position is located at the Dunn Solar Telescope, Sunspot, NM , at an altitude of 9200 ft.
|Other Departmental Requirements|
|Standard Work Schedule||Shift: Other Shift|
|If not a Standard Work Schedule, please describe||
Standard work week is M-F 8-5 but some early mornings and late afternoons may be required. Occasional work on weekends and 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).|
|Anticipated Job Begin Date (optional)||05/01/2017|
|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.
|Quicklink for Posting||http://jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/27336|
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
|Environment||Work is normally performed indoors.|
|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 10 pounds or some standing or walking.|
|Risk||Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.|
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