Gemini Job Openings – Gemini South!

Gemini Observatory has an immediate opening for Science Operations Specialists (SOS).  The position will be at Gemini South, La Serena, Chile. The SOS position is 100% support position within the scientific staff.  The SOS operates the telescope, instruments and computer systems on behalf of the scientists and engineers during daytime and nighttime operations. The SOS also provides essential operational, technical and archival support for data handling at the Observatory.


Essential Functions:


  • The typical SOS schedule is on shift and is a combination of day and nighttime work.
  • Operating the telescope and instruments to perform scientific observations
  • Assisting visiting and staff observers; working with engineers and science teams during instrument commissioning;
  • Troubleshooting telescope and instrument systems
  • Data quality assessment
  • Instrument calibrations
  • Software testing
  • Preparing the telescope and instruments for nighttime operations
  • Troubleshooting faults with the engineering team
  • Analyzing data
  • Reporting status at daily coordination meetings



  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Engineering, Systems Engineering, or other technical disciplines
  • Previous experience in operation of ground-based telescopes and instruments, and/or knowledge of astronomical instruments and optical and infrared observing techniques is strongly preferred.
  • A good working knowledge of PyRAF/IRAF, as well as experience with high-level scripting in Unix/Linux command shell and Python/Perl is preferred
  • Ability to speak and write effectively in English, including preparation of comprehensive technical reports
  • Requires valid driver’s license, clean driving record and ability to drive 4WD vehicles.
  • Applicants must be capable of working (on shifts  7×7) in a remote location at an elevation of 2900 meters (8,900 ft.) for Gemini South.
  • International travel is expected.


Desirable Experience/Skills/Abilities:

  • Master’s degree or higher in Physics/Astronomy, Engineering
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