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Requisition Number 16-0262
Post Date 9/15/2016
Title Chief Scientist & Deputy Director
City La Serena, Chile
Description The International Gemini Observatory is seeking a Chief Scientist and Deputy Director. 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. We are currently developing the Observatory into a leading facility for time domain astronomy, striving to be the best observatory in the world for the execution of flexible, innovative, and efficient science programs.

The Chief Scientist & Deputy Director provides overall scientific guidance and ensure that the scientific mission of the observatory is fulfilled. S/he is also responsible for assisting the Director in her/his duties and in dealing with internal and external affairs of the Observatory. The position is currently located in La Serena, Chile - representing the Director at Gemini South - with a negotiable change of duty station after the first year to Tucson, Arizona or Hilo, Hawaii.

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.

Job Specifications:
We are seeking someone with the following qualities: enthusiasm for scientific discoveries and for observational astronomy; creativity, innovation and a dedication to serving the community; excellent team skills; the aptitude for dealing with strategic and tactical problems and issues; excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to communicate with a wide variety of Gemini staff, Board members, oversight and advisory committee members, and users throughout the Gemini partnership.

The Chief Scientist & Deputy Director must be willing to travel internationally extensively and work in a culturally diverse environment. S/he must be willing to spend significant time at all Gemini telescope sites (Hawaii and Chile). S/he must possess the motivation and ability to identify and implement new strategic directions for the Observatory in a team environment. Knowledge of Spanish is an asset.

Interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to submit an application along with a Motivation Letter, a Resume/CV to include the names and contact information of a minimum of three professional references by/before the application deadline of November 30, 2016.

Requirements Education Required:
PhD in astronomy or closely related field

Skills Required:
Internationally recognized scientist with broad interests beyond her/his field of research
Familiarity with ground-based and/or space-based observatory operations
Demonstrated strategic thinking skills
Strong personnel management skills
Strong communication skills
Effective technical writing and public speaking communication skills

Experience Required:
At least 10 years of post-PhD experience as research scientist
Several years’ experience working in a leadership position (in a university, an observatory, and/or an equivalent organization)
Experience in personnel management and leadership skills

Essential Job Functions:
Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity to utilize computer systems.
Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eyeglasses; 3) 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; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately.
Must be able - to sit for long periods of time; to drive a 4-w drive vehicle; to demonstrate a clean driving record; to travel internationally; and to possess or be able to obtain a valid passport.

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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