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At Gemini we seek individuals who are deeply committed and dedicated to exploring the universe and sharing its wonders. Our success stems from our globally diverse team in Hawaii and Chile, combined with the strong foundation provided by our international partners. You will find a challenging environment with innovative people, operating in a supportive culture that fosters collaboration and teamwork.


Information Systems Information Systems Group Intern

Safety Senior Administration and Safety Specialist

Science Tenure-Track Astronomer OPS102P


Astronomy Research Intern

Gemini Science Fellows

Information Systems

Information Systems Group Intern

  • Location: Hilo
  • Deadline for Application: 12/12/2014
  • Job Code: OPI900T

Gemini North has an opening for a 1 year Internship in the Information Systems Group Department to assist in Linux and Mac Systems administration and related technical research and documentation.  The position is part time, averaging between 16-18 hours per week with flexibility on designation of days.

The successful applicant will be enrolled in an undergraduate program with a major in computer science, management information systems, or similar information systems program or possess applicable experience with strong and broad information technology skill sets including:

 Demonstrated ability to configure, maintain, and troubleshoot Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems and software.

  • High level of comfort working in a command line, shell environment, both at a local or remote console.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of TCP/IP networking concepts and principles.
  • Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to research problems & present solutions to the team.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Articulate verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to changes.
  • Strong customer service / interpersonal skills.


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Senior Administration and Safety Specialist

  • Location: Hilo, HI
  • Deadline for Application: Until filled.
  • Job Code: ADM405P

Performs senior administrative duties for the Safety Department and other supported Gemini groups.  Acts as liaison between the Safety group and departments/groups within Gemini on the one hand, and external agencies on the other hand.  Works independently to assess urgency and prioritize duties or manage certain systems.  Helps promote a positive workplace safety culture.  Maintains confidentiality of sensitive organization/employee information. Work independently to assess urgency and prioritize duties or manage certain systems.


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Tenure-Track Astronomer OPS102P

  • Location: Gemini South - La Serena, Chile
  • Deadline for Application: 01/05/2015
  • Job Code: OPS102P

Gemini Observatory has an immediate opening for a Tenure-Track Astronomer position at Gemini South in La Serena, Chile. Appointment is expected at the rank of Assistant or Associate Astronomer. More senior applicants will also be considered. This position requires a solid commitment to Gemini’s mission to advance knowledge of the Universe by providing the Gemini community with forefront access to the entire sky and requires strong scientific leadership abilities.

The tenure-track astronomer is expected to maintain a strong scientific program with excellent productivity.  The tenure-track astronomer is additionally expected to provide scientific leadership to Gemini South science staff.  Forty percent (40%) of the tenure-track astronomer’s time is available for astronomical research.   The position includes access to the generous research budget shared by all research staff, as well as access to observing time on both Gemini telescopes. 

Gemini science staff astronomers utilize diverse, state-of-the-art astronomical research tools and instrumentation.  The exact support duties of the staff Astronomer will vary depending on the individual’s skills and interests, and the Observatory’s needs.  All staff are expected to become proficient in night-time observing using any of the Observatory’s current instrumentation and to support investigators in the community.  Additional support projects may include new instrument commissioning or other Observatory development projects aimed at improving efficiency, data quality or user support. 

Gemini South is entering an exciting period with new forefront capabilities being implemented. New instrumentation that has recently come online at Gemini South includes a near-IR multi-object spectrograph (FLAMINGOS-2), a facility laser system for multi-conjugate adaptive optics and its associated IR imager (GeMS/GSAOI), and the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI). Gemini is particularly interested in applicants whose research is linked to one or more of these capabilities. Candidates will further be encouraged to help shape Gemini South in the era of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

The initial appointment is a three-year renewable term, with application for tenure generally expected during the second three-year term, or earlier, depending on seniority. The position is based in La Serena, Chile, a popular beach town with a mild climate, modern amenities, and a substantial international astronomical community supporting four nearby observatories.

Requirements: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or related discipline, and related work experience.  Substantial ground-based observing and/or instrumentation experience is highly desirable, particularly using modern facilities. Experience/knowledge in one or more of the following areas is a plus:  infrared imaging, spectroscopy or multi-object spectroscopy; adaptive optics; and high spatial resolution imaging and coronagraphy. Scientific productivity and impact will be considered, as judged by the candidate’s top contributions to astronomy, which may include research publications, contributions to software or technical projects, contributions to education, etc.

Must be safety conscious; possess or be able to obtain a valid passport; willing and able to travel internationally; have a valid driver's license with good driving record, and be able to drive 4WD vehicles.  Applicants must be willing to work nights at the summit of Cerro Pachon, at 2900m.

Please apply on-line and submit a cover letter relating your experience and interest in the position, along with a full Curriculum Vitae, publication record, and a statement of current and future research. The names and email addresses of three professional references must also be provided.

Applications received by January 5, 2015 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

AURA/Gemini is an affirmative action & equal opportunity employer. AURA actively supports efforts to broaden participation in all Observatory activities. Women and candidates from under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.



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  • Location: Hilo, Hawaii
  • Deadline for Application: 03/04/2015
  • Job Code: 15-0045

This project entails analyzing Gemini NIFS data on one high redshift, obscured AGN as well as Gemini GNIRS data on high -redshift MIR selected AGN. The goal is to estimate the impact of the AGN on its host by looking at high ionization lines, and stellar population analysis.


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Astronomy Research Intern

  • Location: Hilo, Hawaii
  • Deadline for Application: 02/28/2015
  • Job Code: G5905

Interns - Astronomy Research – Gemini/HST Galaxy Cluster Project

Gemini North - Astronomy Research Interns

Gemini North has two openings for a research interns (undergraduate students or recent graduates) to work with Dr. Inger Jorgensen and Dr. Kristin Chiboucas on the Gemini/HST Galaxy Cluster Project in the period for four months, with start in April or May 2015. The students are expected to be available for work full time, though part time work over a longer period will also be considered. The start date is flexible, however will preferably be no later than June 1. Both positions are paid student internships.

One student will work on processing of spectroscopic data of both low and high redshift galaxy clusters, obtained with the multi-object spectrograph GMOS on Gemini. The other student will work on processing of imaging data of redshift 1.2-2 galaxy clusters, obtained with Hubble Space Telescope. The work involves fitting 2-dimensional models to the galaxy images to derive sizes, shapes and luminosities.

The observational data are part of a large data set obtained by an international group of researchers to study the evolution of galaxies from redshift two to the present. Both students will work closely with Drs. Jorgensen and Chiboucas at Gemini North.

The successful applicants must have good English communication skills, including being able to clearly document performed work. Students with prior experience with UNIX/Linux/MacOS-X, processing of either spectroscopic or imaging data, and handling larger data sets will be given preference.  Training in the relevant processing techniques will be provided.

Further information about the positions can be obtained from Dr. Inger Jorgensen,

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, grade sheet for courses completed, and provide names and contact information for two professional references, using the electronic application procedure for Gemini positions.

Assessment of applications will start February 28, 2015.


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Gemini Science Fellows

  • Location: La Serena, Chile and Hilo, Hawaii
  • Deadline for Application: 12/01/2014
  • Job Code: 14-0170

The Gemini Observatory is a partnership of six countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile and the United States. Forefront astronomical research is carried out with 8-m optical/infrared telescopes in Hawaii and Chile (see ).

Gemini has an opening for one Science Fellow at each of Gemini North, Hilo, Hawaii, and Gemini South, La Serena, Chile. These Science Fellow positions are for fixed three-year terms, with half of the Fellow's time spent on personal research, and half on Observatory support duties. The Observatory expects to fill one position at each site annually, advertising in the 4th quarter for positions beginning in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of the following year.

The successful Science Fellow will propose a 3-year research program in which Gemini observations figure prominently. Individual scientific research is supported by a research budget, and a fraction of the time available on both Gemini telescopes is used for successful peer-reviewed staff proposals. Information on current and future instruments at each telescope can be found on the Gemini web pages. Fellows are members of the Gemini Research Faculty, actively and independently contributing to the research environment at the Observatory; collaboration with other Gemini staff is also encouraged.

Science Fellows at Gemini acquire significant training and experience in large ground-based telescope operations—becoming proficient both in state-of-the-art astronomical instrumentation and research, and in the techniques of modern, queue-based observing methods. Fellows may train as queue-scheduled observers and support external investigators in the preparation of their observations. Additional Observatory duties can include support of Gemini instrumentation, employing queue planning tools to construct nightly observing plans, and/or working on Observatory development projects, depending on the Fellow's interests.

Gemini offers an attractive and competitive salary and benefit package. The majority of the successful applicants’ time is spent at the base facilities in Hilo, Hawaii, or La Serena, Chile. Hilo is a town with a very diverse population of about 43,000 people, a tropical climate, and a substantial international astronomical community supporting the observatories on Mauna Kea. La Serena is a mid-sized city on the ocean, with a population of about 400,000 in the metropolitan area, also supporting a number of professional astronomical facilities. It is a popular tourist destination in the (Chilean) summer.

Requirements: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or related discipline. Observational, data analysis and/or instrumentation experience in one or more of the following areas is a plus: near-IR spectroscopy and imaging; optical and multi-object and IFU spectroscopy; adaptive optics and high spatial resolution imaging. Must be safety conscious; possess or be able to obtain a valid passport; willing and able to travel internationally; possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record; and be able to drive 4WD vehicles. Applicants must be able to work nights at the altitude of the Cerro Pachon (2900 m) or Mauna Kea (4200 m) summit.

Send a cover letter relating your experience and education to the requirements of the position,   your resume, a research statement that provides a summary of your most important contributions to research in astronomy and describes your future plans, and a statement of observatory support interests.  The names and email addresses of three professional references must also be provided. All documents are required in order to be considered for the position. Application materials should be submitted online through the Gemini web site:  Please include the AAS Job Register number in your cover letter. Applications received by December 1, 2014 will receive full consideration. The starting date is negotiable but is expected to be between April and August 2015. For further information about the positions please contact Dr. Sandy Leggett, Gemini-North Head of Science Operations (, Dr. René Rutten, Gemini-South Head of Science Operations ( or Dr. Nancy Levenson, Deputy Director and Head of Science (


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