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Requisition Number 16-0211
Post Date 7/29/2016
Title Tenure Track Astronomer
City Hilo
State HI
Description The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA)
operates several observatory centers (including the Gemini
Observatory, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National
Solar Observatory, and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) in the
United States and Chile under a cooperative agreement with the
National Science Foundation.

Gemini Observatory has an opening for one and possibly two
Tenure-Track Astronomer positions at Gemini North in Hilo, Hawaii.
Dual-career couples are encouraged to apply. The appointment can be at
the Assistant, Associate or full Astronomer rank. The initial
appointment is a three-year renewable term, with application for
tenure expected during the second three-year term, or earlier for more
senior candidates. The position is based in Hilo, Hawaii. Hilo is a
town with a very diverse population of about 43,000 people, a tropical
climate, and a substantial international astronomical community
supporting the observatories on Maunakea.

This position requires strong scientific leadership abilities and a
solid commitment to Gemini’s mission to advance knowledge of the
Universe by providing the Gemini community with forefront access to
the entire sky. Tenure-track astronomers provide the Observatory's
overall scientific leadership, including guiding its development for
the future. A tenure-track astronomer is expected to maintain a strong
scientific program with excellent productivity, and act as a mentor to
Gemini science staff. Fifty percent (50%) of a tenure-track
astronomer’s time is available for astronomical research. The position
includes access to the generous research budget shared by all research
staff, and an excellent compensation package including health
coverage, paid time off and retirement benefits.

Gemini staff astronomers utilize diverse, state-of-the-art
astronomical research tools and instrumentation. The exact support
duties of the staff Astronomer will vary depending on the individual’s
skills and interests, and the Observatory’s needs. All staff are
expected to become proficient in night-time observing using any of the
Observatory’s current instrumentation and to support investigators in
the community. Additional support projects may include new instrument
commissioning or other Observatory development projects aimed at
improving efficiency, data quality or user support.
The online submission must include a cover letter relating your experience and
interest in the position, Curriculum Vitae, publication record,
statement of current and future research (preferably using Gemini),
and statement of observatory support interests. Applicants must
arrange for three professional reference letters to be emailed to and by the deadline below.

Applications received by December 5, 2016 will receive full
consideration. The position will remain open until filled.
Requirements Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or related discipline, and
related work experience. Substantial ground-based observing and/or
instrumentation experience is highly desirable, particularly using
modern facilities. Experience/knowledge in the following areas is a
plus: infrared spectroscopy and optical or infrared integral field
spectroscopy. Scientific productivity and impact will be considered,
as judged by the candidate’s top contributions to astronomy, which may
include research publications, contributions to software or technical
projects, contributions to education, etc. The applicant must be
safety conscious, possess or be able to obtain a valid passport, and
be willing and able to travel internationally.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

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