Instrument / AO specialist at the Dunn Solar Telescope

February 13, 2017, from R.T.James McAteer

In order to enable a transition of operations of the Sunspot site from the National Solar Observatory to a multi-institution consortium, New Mexico State University is seeking a instrument specialist to support daytime observations at the Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, NM.

Responsibilities include maintaining, documenting, redesigning, upgrading and supporting observations with the adaptive optics systems and all (4) science instruments at the telescope. Instruments include broad-band imaging, narrow-band imaging, spectroscopy, imaging spectroscopy, and spectropolarimetry. The instrument specialist will plan a major role in the construction and implementation of a new adaptive optics system.The instrument specialist will also be responsible for recommendations for design modifications that will facilitate long-term operations and minimize support requirements. The successful candidate will also make recommendations for observation design and software for operating each instrument.

We are looking for individuals with a B.S. in related field. Candidates need to have significant instrumentation experience, ideally with astronomical imaging, spectroscopy and / or spectropolarimetry instruments. Ability to work independently, and in a small team, is critical. Physical work location is at an altitude of 9200ft.

Required application documents include: CV/Resume, three references, and unofficial copy transcripts; all documents must be attached the NMSU electronic application system:

Application deadline: March 31st, 2017
Targeted start date: May 1st, 2017