Telescope Engineer/Chief Observer at Big Bear Solar Observatory

December 8, 2019, from Wenda Cao

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is seeking a telescope engineer/chief observer at Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO). The preference will be given to a candidate who is experienced, self-motivated, versatile. The BBSO operates the 1.6-meter Goode Solar Telescope (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 near infrared. The BBSO is operated as a remote laboratory of NJIT’s Center for Solar Terrestrial Research. The position is anticipated to start in Spring 2020.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in Science with an ability to work and live at an elevation of 2000 meters, as well as excellent communication and organization skills.

The ideal candidate will have experience with:
– 4 years of operations at a large astronomical observatory.
– Visible and NIR array technologies.
– Adaptive Optics.
– Servo systems.
– Vacuum and cryogenic systems.
– Techniques for handling and cleaning of telescope optics.
– Multiple computer operating systems.
– Data reduction techniques.
Desirable attributes include:
– Knowledgeable with electronic schematics and debugging.
– 3D CAD experience.

Please submit all documents online by January 31st, 2020 at https://njit.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?site=1&id=1861 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).

New Jersey Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.


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