University of California Observatories Assistant Project Scientist
University of California Santa Cruz
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Internal Number: 3121220
University of California Observatories Assistant Project Scientist
Position overview Position title: Assistant Project Scientist Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.
Position duration: Initial appointment will be full-time for 2 years. Reappointment may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.
Open date: May 31st, 2022
Next review date: Friday, Jul 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Wednesday, Aug 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The University of California Observatories(https://www.ucobservatories.org) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant Project Scientist. Under the supervision of the Laboratory for Adaptive Optics Director Dr. Philip Hinz, the Assistant Project Scientist will assist in all stages of astronomical instrument fabrication, from conceptual design to commissioning. The instruments planned in the next few years includes, but are not limited to, SCALES, FOBOS, and APF and Keck Adaptive secondaries. These varied instruments will support science ranging from spectroscopy of extra-solar planets, spectroscopy of distant galaxies, and vastly improved throughput for existing Lick and Keck instruments.
Applicants with experience or expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:
Design skills including demonstrated experience in optical design, mechanical design, tolerancing, thermal analysis, requirement tracking, infrared instrumentation, and lenslet and slicer integral field spectroscopy.
Laboratory skills including demonstrated experience in optical metrology, optical alignment, mechanical metrology, cryogenic-vacuum systems, wiring and electrical testing, computer programming and basic machining.
Instrument commissioning including assisting in developing and executing test plans and demonstrated experience with the use of adaptive optics systems, spectrographs, imaging systems, and integral field spectrographs.
Interpersonal skills including experience working in a matrixed organization and/or experience working on multiple projects simultaneously, and experience working with remote telescope sites.
Communication skills including excellent written and oral presentation skills and demonstrated experience with grant writing and instrument design reviews.
Working in an academic work environment including demonstrated experience supporting undergraduate students, graduate students, career researchers, technicians, and engineers.
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD (or an equivalent foreign degree) in astronomy or related field and 4 years' of experience (post-degree) designing and building astronomical instrumentation for large ground-based telescopes.
A record of scientific publications demonstrating experience in the development of astronomical instrumentation.
Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position. Please be sure to address how you meet the advertised basic qualifications
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include three professional references along with their contact information. The search committee will contact the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration
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