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Requisition Number 16-0298
Post Date 3/6/2017
Title Electronics Engineer
City La Serena-Cerro Pachon
Description Job Title: Electronics Engineer City: La Serena, Chile GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, National
Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation. Engineering Operations group: The successful applicant will be a member
of the Engineering Operations team based at Gemini South. This multi-disciplinary team consists of a diverse team of around 20 engineers & technicians with different technical and cultural background, that operate, maintain and implement upgrades to the telescope,
instruments and all auxiliary systems, furthermore the engineering staff is matrixed out to a variety of development projects. Position Summary: The successful candidate will provide electronics engineering analysis, design and support in a multi-cultural
environment for a wide variety of areas. For the telescope and instrumentation, maintenance, reliability engineering, obsolescence and continuous performance improvement are important aspects. Furthermore this position is expected to represent operational
needs and past experience during the development of new instruments. Exciting opportunities through upgrades and improvements exist to keep our telescope up with modern technologies and in order to avoid and mitigate obsolescence. The working time will be
divided between the telescope site and the sea level base facilities, some international travel may be required. Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Provide electronic engineering support to the operations and maintenance work on the telescope and instrumentation.
2. Take (cross-functional) responsibility for one or more systems and/or instruments according Gemini’s system based organization. 3. Prepare technical reports, drawings, purchase requisitions, fabrication contracts and other forms of documentation related
to the work. 4. Provide electronic engineering analysis, design, fabrication, integration and test support for ongoing and future development programs related to the telescope and instrumentation. Represent operational stakeholder interests in design reviews.
Job Specifications: Requires a high degree of professionalism and discretion. Must be able to work in a team environment and perform well under pressure of deadlines. Ability to grapple with competing demands and ensure important issues get handled along with
urgent or emergency issues. Requires knowledge of and a proactive attitude toward safety.
Requirements Education Required:

Bachelor’s degree, preferably Master’s in electronics engineering related field, or a combination of education and experience in electronics related fields that ensures suitability for this position.

Experience prefered:

• Automatic control systems, including servo optimization and tuning (Preferably PMAC)
• Working knowledge of PLC-based systems. (Allen Bradley & Siemens)
• Profiency in MATLAB, CAD tools, data acquisition, programming software (LABVIEW)
• Observatory experience
• Cross-functional experience
• Vacuum and Cryogenic
• Interaction with internal/external (scientific) stakeholders
• Being part of multi-disciplinary work teams

Skills Required:

1. Experience and working knowledge of electronics design in complex analog and digital electronics, signal integrity, noise analysis, power supplies, low voltage AC, DC, and stepper motor controls.
2. Practical experience with laboratory tools, power supplies, oscilloscopes, function generators, logic and spectrum analyzers, etc.
3. Analytical and problem solving skills, root cause analysis.
4. Proficiency in Word, Excel, Microsoft Project, Adobe, Internet, etc.
5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish
6. Safety proactive attitude.

Essential Job Functions:

Part A - Must possess:

a) Ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job.
b) Sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses.
c) Sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, horns or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid.
d) Ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately.

Part B – Must be able to:

a) Sit for long periods of time.
b) Drive a 4-w drive vehicle and possess a clean driving record.
c) Take and pass high altitude physical.
d) 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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