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Requisition Number 18-0049
Post Date 4/10/2018
Title Science Operations Specialist
City Hilo
State HI
Description The International Gemini Observatory is seeking a SCIENCE OPERATIONS SPECIALIST. The Observatory operates two world-class, optical-infrared, 8m-class telescopes in Hawaii and in Chile. Gemini is managed as a partnership between the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, with participation of Korea and Australia. Gemini is the leading large Observatory for time-domain astronomy, and strives to be the best observatory in the world for the execution of flexible, innovative, and efficient science programs.

A Science Operations Specialist (SOS) position is available at Gemini North (Hawaii). An SOS is a member of the Science Operations team and performs a number of essential duties in the Observatory’s operation. The tasks fall in four main areas: (1) Telescope operation, (2) Queue observing, (3) Daytime quality assessment, instrument calibration and software testing and (4) Project Work: specialized work in line with observatory goals and mission; assigned by management. This position does not include research.

The SOS core job duties include the following:
*Operates the telescope, instruments and computer systems during night-time and day-time science and engineering use.
*Performs queue observing and assists visiting and staff scientists and engineers in their use of telescope, instruments and computer systems when in non-queue mode.
*Evaluates the quality of scientific data and provides operational, technical and archival support for data handling.
*Works independently on special projects aligned with Observatory goals
*Is responsible for the safety of the personnel, telescope and instruments.

Gemini Observatory offers a competitive compensation and benefits and relocation package, promotes continued education and career growth and cultivates a dynamic and diverse working environment.

Please submit cover letter and resume including reference contact information with on-line application. Application deadline: Open until filled.
Requirements Must be able to understand the principles and functions of astronomical telescopes and instruments and observational data.
Must become proficient in operating observatory systems and instruments, including computer systems, software tools, communication systems, and facility systems (air handling units, dome enclosure etc.).
Must be prepared to be responsible for the safety of people and equipment (appropriate training will be provided).
Must be willing to spend 5-10 nights per month on night-duty, occasionally at high altitude.
Must be willing to work weekends and holidays as needed. Schedule is subject to change and varies by person within the group based on their responsibilities.
Must possess organizational and communication skills as well as the ability to learn quickly. Must be fluent in English.
Must be reliable, dependable, and flexible - excellent attendance and commitment to work scheduled shifts is necessary.
Must be a self-learner and self-starter; requires above-average initiative.
Requires outstanding judgment and ability to communicate firmly when issues of safety of personnel or the telescope are apparent.
Ability to work productively in a multinational team.

Education Required
A Bachelor’s degree in physics, astronomy, computer science, engineering or closely related field is required; a Masters is preferred, particularly if it included observing experience.
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