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Telescope Engineer / Chief Observer

Center for Solar Research

Reports To:
Dr. Wenda Cao

Position Type:

Position Summary:
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is seeking a Telescope Engineer/Chief Observer at Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO). Under the guidance of the Observatory Director, the Telescope Engineer will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Goode Solar Telescope (GST). BBSO operates the 1.6-meter GST with a diverse suite of instrumentation. The GST with its state-of-the-art adaptive optics system is a world class facility for high spatial and temporal resolution solar astronomy in the visible and NIR. BBSO is operated as a remote laboratory of NJIT's Center for Solar Terrestrial Research. The position is anticipated to start in Spring 2020.

Essential Functions:
The preference will be given to a candidate who is experienced, self-motivated, versatile. 1) The ideal candidate will have at least 4 years of experience with operation and maintenance of a similarly large aperture system, including management of observing personnel and technical staff. 2) Familiarity with general telescope and dome operations such as observing, mirror removal and aluminizing, balancing, optical calibration and alignment, visible and NIR array technologies, adaptive optics operation, servo systems, vacuum and cryogenic systems, general care of complex mechanical assemblies, computer control, and so forth is a must. 3) The successful candidate will participate in all aspects of operation during an approximately year-long training period, covering all aspects of the telescope systems and scientific instruments. 4) At the end of this period the candidate will assume full responsibility for telescope operations.

Additional Functions:
1. Maintains computer resources needed to accomplish the above tasks. 2. Performs other duties as assigned. 3. Desirable attributes include knowledgeable with electronic schematics and debugging, as well as 3D CAD experience.

Essential Characteristics:
Customer Focus: Focuses one's efforts on identifying and meeting internal and external customer's needs in a manner that provides satisfaction for the customer, within the parameters of the position and the available resources, cognizant of departmental and/or university policy and authorized practices. Teamwork/Team Orientation: Willingly cooperates and works collaboratively toward solutions which generally benefit all involved parties; works cooperatively with others to accomplish project objectives.
Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving: Demonstrates a mature logic, analytic aptitude and creativity in the approach to issues demanding resolution, by drawing on own expertise and experience base while utilizing other references and resources as necessary. Communication: Demonstrates the ability to clearly express ideas, thoughts, and concepts verbally and/or in writing, as appropriate to the position and task at hand. Professional/Procedural Expertise: Acquires and uses professional/procedural knowledge, skills and judgment to accomplish a result or to serve students effectively.

Prerequisite Qualifications:
B.S. degree in Science with an ability to work and live at an elevation of 2000 meters. At least 4 years of experience with operation and maintenance of a similarly large aperture system, including management of observing personnel and technical staff. Master's degree in Physics, Astronomy or related field is desirable. Experience and training in telescope operations is desirable.

Preferred Qualifications:
At the university's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please submit all documents online by January 31, 2020 including; (1) a cover letter, (2) a current version of your curriculum vitae, and (3) names of two references. Inquiries should be addressed to BBSO Director, Prof. Wenda Cao (wcao@bbso.njit.edu).


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