Senior Research Scientist - Tenders Global

Senior Research Scientist

Department of Astronomy

Position ID: BU -Astronomy -SRRSC [#23093]
Position Title: 
Position Type: Other
Position Location: Flagstaff, Arizona 02215, United States [map ]
Subject Areas:  Astronomy / Astronomical Instrumentation , Observational
Appl Deadline: 2022/12/01 11:59PM (posted 2022/10/03, listed until 2023/04/03)
Position Description:   Apply    

Observatory Manager (Senior Research Scientist, Boston University)

are invited for a position to manage Boston University’s operation of the 1.83m
Perkins Telescope  on
Anderson Mesa, outside Flagstaff, Arizona. The successful Observatory Manager
applicant will be stationed in the Flagstaff, AZ area.


The main duties
are to oversee the operation and maintenance of the Perkins telescope and to help
maintain the Boston University instruments normally used on the telescope. Duties
include updating and maintaining software for operating the telescope and
instruments, providing logistics support to visiting Boston University
researchers, and leading preventative maintenance and upgrades to the observatory
computer, electrical, mechanical, and optical systems, including mirror cleaning
and aluminizing. The successful applicant may also lead and/or be involved in scientific
investigations and collaborations within and/or outside of Boston University. Desired
qualifications include a graduate degree in astronomy, physics, or engineering,
and at least 3 years of hands-on experience servicing, designing, and/or
building modern instruments and/or in using or maintaining research-level
astronomical observatories. Additional desired qualifications include a high
degree of competence in the use of programming languages, and strong oral,
written, and interpersonal skills.


Members of
Boston University’s Astronomy Department , through the Institute for Astrophysical Research (IAR)  have built two instruments for the Perkins telescope: PRISM, which
provides optical imaging, polarimetry, and spectroscopy; and Mimir, which
provides near-infrared imaging, polarimetry, and spectroscopy. A third
instrument, RIPS, built by members of Boston University’s Center for Space
Physics (CSP) , has begun occasional use on the Perkins telescope. Boston
University is also a partner in the 4.3m Lowell Discovery Telescope (LDT) .  


should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three people
who can provide letters of reference on behalf of the candidate via . Questions may be directed to Erin Reynolds, [email protected]
Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will commence
as soon as possible after 1 December 2022.


University  is an equal opportunity employer. We are an equal opportunity
employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any
other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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