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Observatory Instrument Spec

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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

Applicants may contact this person if they have questions about this position

Department Contact Name Ofelia Ruiz
Department Contact Phone 646-1868
Department Contact Email oruiz@nmsu.edu

Posting Details

Posting Details

Requisition Number 1700050S
Classification Title Observatory Instrument Spec
Position Job Title Observatory Instrument Spec
College/Division Arts and Sciences College
Department 330300-Astronomy
Position Number 716888
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
Pay Level 11
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

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.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in related field.

Required Experience

Five (5) years of professional experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.

Classification Summary

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

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.

Skills

Excellent communication skills. Excellent math, science, technology and IT skills. Excellent team-working and people skills. Good budgetary skills. Strong decision-making skills.

Abilities

The ability to analyze complex problems and assess possible solutions. The ability to explain design ideas clearly. The ability to prioritize and plan effectively.

Equivalency None
Preferred Qualifications

Experience with instrumentation for solar or other astronomical applications.

Experience with astronomical imaging, spectroscopy and / or spectropolarimetry instruments. Ability to work independently is critical.

Required Certification/License
Special Requirements

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).
Tenure Track No
Posting Date 02/02/2017
Closing Date 08/31/2017
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.

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. Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (Undergraduate and Graduate Combined)
Optional Documents