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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.

Openings

Engineering Systems Engineer

Information Systems Information Systems Group Intern

Web Developer Intern

Safety Senior Administration and Safety Specialist

Science Planning System Designer

Science Operations Specialist

Data Process Developer



Engineering

Systems Engineer

  • Location: La Serena, Chile or Hilo, Hawaii
  • Deadline for Application: Until filled.
  • Job Code: ENG105P

We have an immediate opening for an experienced Systems Engineer for our base facility in La Serena, Chile or Hilo, Hawaii. The successful candidate will join the Systems Engineering team that supports the operation of our 8 meter telescopes. This involves proper systems monitoring, configuration control integrity, modeling, constant initiatives towards improvement of efficiency and performance of all systems.

The role of the Systems Engineer is to assist the Science and Engineering groups in solving operational issues related to telescope and instruments operations, as well as provide systems engineering and project management support for new projects and maintenance activities.

Candidates should have experience developing, implementing and maintaining systems and systems controls in order to maximize the efficiency of telescope and instrument operations, while improving the reliability and up time of such systems. In addition, the successful candidate should also have experience in systems documentation and archiving tasks, including the supervision of systems technicians in charge of such archiving systems.

Education Required:

  • BS degree or advanced degree in an Engineering or Science discipline, with courses in systems engineering, industrial engineering, electronics engineering, physics, mathematics, astronomy and other related fields.
  • 4- 5 years related experience.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.


Desirable skills or qualifications:

  • Must have a good driving record and be able to drive 4-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Must take and pass a high altitude physical to be able to work at 4300-meter (14,000 feet) elevation.
  • Must be fluent in English, Spanish desirable.  
  • Must be able to quickly develop complex systems understanding with minimum of information and documentation.
  • Able to work and make decisions under pressure.
  • Excellent safety awareness.
  • Must be able to document procedures and processes.
  • Excellent planning skills.
  • Must have a good attitude towards others.


Other abilities and skills required for this position are:

Must be able to work effectively and efficiently at 14000 feet.
Able to travel abroad to support Gemini North or Gemini South.
Must be flexible to work weekends and holidays as needed.

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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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Web Developer Intern

  • Location: Hilo
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: 15-0048

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Assist with writing, configuration, testing and deployment of web applications.
2. Work along side the Information Systems Group to troubleshoot, diagnose, repair, web applications.
3. Assist with research and analytics of IT metrics.
4. Assist with documentation of Information Systems Group procedures, policies, tutorials, architectural diagrams, etc.

Job Specifications:
1. Demonstrated ability to configure, maintain, and troubleshoot, create web application software written in PHP and JavaScript.
2. Experience using GitHub to collaborate with others.
3. High level of comfort working in a command line, shell environment, both at a local or remote console.
4. Demonstrated knowledge of TCP/IP networking concepts and principles.
5. Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team.
6. Ability to research problems & present solutions to the team.
7. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
8. Articulate verbal and written communication skills.
9. Ability to learn quickly and adapt to changes.
10. Strong customer service / interpersonal skills.

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Safety

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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Science

Planning System Designer

  • Location: Hilo, HI
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: G5412

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. Gemini has an opening for a Planning System Designer.

Position Summary:  

The Planning System Designer is a term limited position working with the Associate Directors of Operations and Development to develop a self-sustaining project resource allocation and progress tracking process and supporting tools (hereafter, the system) for Gemini Observatory.  The Planning System Designer will manage the current allocation and tracking system while streamlining and simplifying operations to leave the position with a process that fills Gemini’s principal needs and runs with minimal oversight and management.  The system should serve its users and be run by them with little additional effort required. The holder of the position would be the technical lead, overseeing the development and deployment of the system.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Quarter 1: Run the current system as presently implemented.  Note the required inputs and outputs.  Understand other processes in place in the Observatory used for resource allocation and project progress tracking and reporting including those developed for Observatory quarterly financial reports, quarterly public newsletter, and semi-annual oversight committee reports.
  2. Quarter 2: Continue the current system, perhaps with some simplifications in inputs and outputs, where applicable.  Develop requirements for the sustainable system.
  3. Quarter 3: Implement modified system to avoid duplication of inputs and outputs used elsewhere, possibly by working with owners of the other processes and unifying data usage.
  4. Quarters 1 – 3: Complete the work currently underway on identifying and quantifying procedures and staff effort within Gemini South engineering. Complete the dashboard currently being developed.
  5. Quarter 4: Continue system refinement to focus on requirements with no extra inputs or outputs.
  6. Quarter 5: Continue system refinement while documenting process from input to output.
  7. Quarter 6: Continue system refinement to make it easier for users to enter needed inputs and received desired outputs as needed.
  8. Quarters 7 and 8: Support system operation as needed.  By this point, system should be largely self-sustaining and require little support. Finish documentation and make recommendations for future system  improvements.
  9. Support Transition, Development, and other activities as requested (~10% of available time).
  10. Provide easy to locate templates and guidelines for initiating, implementing, and closing projects [Goal].

Job Specifications:

  1. 2 year position with no possibility of extension
  2. Location at Hilo (Hawaii) Gemini base facilities

Education Required:

  1. A BS in Project Management, Engineering, Business or other related discipline
  2. Project Management Institute (PMI), Prince 2, or similar qualifications, desirable

Experience and Skills Required:

  1. 3 to 5 years experience in planning and scheduling, preferably including the design of business processes and related tools
  2. Experience in scientific or engineering operations preferred
  3. Science instrumentation or facility project experience desirable
  4. Must be self-directed and able to take general requirements and objectives and develop processes to satisfy them with little additional direction
  5. Demonstrated ability to work with multiple stakeholders and prioritize requests
  6. Good organizational skills
  7. Demonstration of good written and oral communication skills
  8. Demonstrated aptitude to learn complex manufacturing designs, processes, and systems
  9. Demonstrated ability to provide effective project leadership in terms of setting project plans and expectations and then having both self and team members execute to the plan
  10. Sound written and oral communication skills in English required; Spanish, desired
  11. Good interpersonal skills and ability to lead change and develop buy-in
  12. Well developed computer literacy specifically including standard project planning and tools and office suite software

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
  2. Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately

Please attach current resume to your application.  AURA actively supports efforts to broaden participation in all Observatory activities and fosters a diverse research environment. Women and candidates from under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. AURA/Gemini is an affirmative action and equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. We are also an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

To apply on-line, please visit https://rn11.ultipro.com/spa1004C/JobBoard/ListJobs.aspx?__vt=IntCan

 

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Science Operations Specialist

  • Location: La Serena, Chile
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: OPS447P

Gemini Observatory has an immediate openings for a Science Operations Specialist (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.

When at the summit at night, SOS is responsible for the safety of the people, the telescope and the instruments. Nighttime responsibilities include operating the telescope and instruments to perform scientific observations; assisting visiting and staff observers; working with engineers and science teams during instrument commissioning; and troubleshooting telescope and instrument systems. The typical SOS schedule is shift work, a combination of day and nighttime work. Daytime responsibilities at sea level include data quality assessment, instrument calibrations, software testing, preparing the telescope and instruments for nighttime operations, troubleshooting faults with the engineering team, analyzing data, and reporting status at daily coordination meetings.

The applicant must be safety conscious, willing to participate in safety training and assume safety responsibilities while on nighttime duty at the summit. Must possess good communication skills, knowledge of software and hardware systems, and be familiar with Unix/Linux.  Must have a good understanding of observational astronomy.  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. Bachelor in science, engineering, astronomy, or computer science required.  Master’s in astronomy or physics desirable.  Requires valid driver’s license, clean driving record and ability to drive 4WD vehicles. Applicants must be capable of working in a remote location at an elevation of 2900 meters (8,900 ft) for Gemini South. International travel is expected. Gemini offers an attractive and competitive salary and benefit package.

Gemini South base facility is located in La Serena, Chile, a popular seaside town with a population of about 140,000 people, a temperate climate, and a substantial international astronomical community.  There are currently three observatories operating out of the AURA compound in La Serena, and two other observatories in the area.  The Gemini South telescope has a set of interesting instrumentation like laser-fed multi-conjugate adaptive optics system, GMOS, F2 and Gemini Planet Imager.

The Gemini Observatory mission is exploring the universe and sharing its wonders.  Come join our international team operating two of the world’s leading ground-based 8m telescopes, located in Hawaii & Chile.

Send current resume with cover letter relating your experience, education and background to the needs of the position, along with the names and contact information of three individuals familiar with your work/credentials/qualifications from whom a reference may be obtained

For further information about the positions please contact either Dr. Rene Rutten, Gemini-South Head of Science Operations (rrutten@gemini.edu) or Mr. Ariel Lopez, Gemini-South Science Operation Specialist Group Manager (alopez@gemini.edu).  


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Data Process Developer

  • Location: La Serena, Chile or Hilo, Hawaii
  • Deadline for Application: Until filled.
  • Job Code: OPS506P

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

Gemini Observatory has an immediate opening for a Data Process Developer to join our international team operating two of the world’s premier ground-based telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. We are looking for a talented individual to join our multidisciplinary team at either Gemini North in Hilo, Hawaii (preferred) or Gemini South in La Serena, Chile. The Data Process Developer is a part of the Science User Support Department.

Gemini North headquarters are located in Hilo, Hawaii, 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.  Gemini South headquarters are located in La Serena, Chile, 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.

The Data Process Developer will contribute to the design, development, documentation, and deployment of data processing routines required to verify data quality and enable scientific analysis for Gemini’s suite of instruments.  Specifically, the Data Process Developer in this position will work with the team's scientists and programmers on new and current data reduction recipes and routines for the Quality Assessment Pipeline and the end-user Python-based data reduction platform.  He or she will also work on the platform’s core automation infrastructure.  The Data Process Developer will help test and maintain the current IRAF and Python data reduction software. The Gemini data reduction software is a critical component of the daily operations, and it is a tool that a large fraction of the Gemini user community relies on to prepare their data for science analysis.  The Data Process Developer is expected the follow rigorous software development life cycle and to apply quality control and configuration control methodology.

Master’s degree in Astronomy, Physics, Computer Science or related field is required; a PhD degree is preferred. Must be familiar with astronomical data reduction for the purposes of scientific publication and have experience working with UNIX/Linux. Programming experience in Python and with Object-Oriented principles is essential. Experience programming for IRAF is preferred but not required. Knowledge of astronomical data reduction techniques is essential.  Must possess ability to communicate effectively with a diverse community of scientific software users and developers and write clear technical documentation.  Experience providing support and troubleshooting, especially in the area of data reduction, to users of astronomical facilities is preferred.

AURA/Gemini is an affirmative action and equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. We are also an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

AURA/Gemini 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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