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Requisition Number 16-0324
Post Date 11/11/2016
Title Technical Associate - Electronics
City Boulder
State CO

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

The National Solar Observatory (NSO), has an immediate opening for an Electronic Technician. The Electrical Tech provides assistance to the Engineering and Technicians Team of NISP. Primary responsibility will be associated with the GONG Program within NISP. Will provide technical support for a wide variety of projects, at various phases. Performs technical activities or resolves technically related problems under general supervision. Activities are usually within a specific field of expertise such as mechanical, electronics, design drafting, optics, computer applications or instrumentation.

This position is for a two-year position. Once the two years are completed there may be a possibility of transitioning into a full time employee of the NISP program. This position will be Boulder, CO based. The first year consisting of travel and educational training in Tucson, AZ. It will involve becoming familiar with the electronics and hardware of GONG and being part of its transitional move from Tucson to Boulder. The position will continue in Boulder making GONG operational.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs technical support activities, including some project planning and control, and data analysis
  • Provides support for solving design problems.
  • Assists in solving coordination problems of a technical nature directly or in conjunction with other members of a project team. 
  • Recommends improvements to existing designs and manufacturing procedures if appropriate.
  • Responsible for compliance with technical requirements and approved time schedules of assigned work.
  • Cooperates closely with representatives of the major instrumentation and scientific divisions, and others involved with the assigned technical problem.
  • Reports results of activities and notes unusual situations.
  • Maintains familiarity and knowledge of parts, materials, tools, etc. to be used on assigned project
  • Builds, assembles and/or maintains equipment for a project.
  • Responsible for safety of own operations and for reporting unsafe practices or conditions
  • An associate‚Äôs degree in electronics is a minimum.
  • Five years or more of hands on electronic technical work necessary.
  • Basic Electronics including fundamentals of components, tools, reading and drawing schematics is necessary.
  • Troubleshooting electronics using oscilloscopes, DVMs, and other support instruments.
  • Working with building and repairing circuits requiring good soldering skills and ESD handling skills necessary.
  • Basic knowledge of computers including Microsoft Windows OS and Linux OS environments is necessary
  • Some travel, out of country is expected. Working at Altitude will be required.

Highly desirable:

  • Knowledge and use of MS Office Products, Electronic CAD Products, programmable circuits, capability to program embedded system in low level and high level languages.
  • Firmware low level experience is a plus.

Please list 3 professional references in your application and attach a CV or resume (PDF files preferred) to your application. Please name any attachments with the following format: 16-0324LastnameDocname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to

Human Resources will review all applications received on or before November 25th.

As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate because of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws.


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  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.
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