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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.

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Engineering Laser Engineer

Systems Engineer

Science Data Process Developer



Engineering

Laser Engineer

  • Location: La Serena, Chile
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: OPE351P

Position Summary:

 

Support and develop the laser guide star facility, related optical systems, and their operation at the Gemini Observatory. Lead the procurement, installation and operation of a replacement, fiber-based laser system for Gemini South.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support and improve Laser Guide Star Facilities (LGSF) operation at Gemini North & Gemini South, consisting respectively of state-of-the-art 12W and 50W solid-state 589nm laser propagated to the sky to form an artificial guide star;
  • Supervise laser technicians; interface with science staff;
  • Prepare documentation, schedules, and maintenance procedures
  • Lead optics-related operational and development projects through internal and/or contracted efforts
  • Provide project engineering support
  • Provide technical leadership and (depending upon skills) project management leadership on the specification, purchase, installation and operation of a replacement laser system based on fiber technology for Gemini South.
  • Participate in design reviews.

Job Specifications:

Self-starter spirit with ability to work autonomously. Previous work in an astronomy environment preferred. Ability to align optical systems including lasers, and work with various alignment tools, electronics systems, detectors, hardware, software and optical instruments. Must be fluent in English, and some proficiency in Spanish is desirable. Must be a citizen of a Group A:1 country as defined in the Gemini  South laser export license. Must be prepared to travel periodically to Gemini North, Hawaii.

Education Required:

BS in Optics/Laser/Engineering/Physics/related field. Knowledge of optical design, high-power lasers and their operation, and various software applications. Familiarity with LabView and Zemax preferred. Familiarity with other CAD/CAM tools would be beneficial.

Experience Required:

Minimum of 3 years laser engineering experience. Project management experience is desirable but not essential; a successful candidate with this experience would be expected to play a major role in the procurement of the replacement laser system.

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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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Science

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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