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Administration and Facilities Administrative Specialist - Operations Support

Information Systems Information Systems Engineer

Instrumentation Systems Engineer

Science Data Process Developer 14-0133

Tenure-Track Astronomer OPS102P

Aircraft Spotter



Administration and Facilities

Administrative Specialist - Operations Support

  • Location: La Serena, Chilw
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: ADM417P

Position Summary:   
The Administrative Specialist - Operations Support, based at Gemini South, is part of a dynamic team that supports Operations and Development team. This employee is an integral part of a professional and efficient Administration and Facilities Team spanning all 2 sites of the Gemini Observatory (La Serena Base Facility and Hilo Base Facility). The mission of this unique team is to keep consistency in procedures between all sites to maintain the working philosophy of “Two Telescopes, One Observatory”, providing support for the engineering operations staff, development staff, project managers and any others as requested.


Duties and Responsibilities:
Be an active participant in Transition Program cost saving exercises, initiatives and projects.

Provide specific administrative support to the Associate Director of Development, Head of GS /GN Engineering Ops, Project Managers, Sites Manager, Eng. Ops.  Managers, AFG Manager and to the Engineering and development staff.

Provide administrative support to the Associate Director of Science and to the Heads of Science Operations at GS

Assisting the GS Head of Science Operations in developing the telescope and astronomer support schedule for each semester and making amendments, as required; informing any changes to those involved opportunely.

Lead the Science Department’s use of Project Insight for the planning and tracking of projects and resources and assist in the production of the science department’s annual report.

Assist senior managers and scientists in the preparation of presentational documents, graphs and statistics for meetings.Respond to work requests by the Administration & Facilities Manager, including participation in AFG projects and AFG coordination activities.

Detect, implement and maintain web systems and projects designed to improve or enhance engineering procedures.

Assist local head of science operations in approval of visits to the summit.

Maintain, when requested, Engineering Projects and OBS projects in PI (Adding resources, hours, tasks, production of reports)

Obtain FRs information from remedy and create the monthly KPIs statistics dashboard.

Work on special projects, as needed (shutdowns, procedures documentation, GeMS, A&G).Petty Cash
Office supplies for SBF, Casa Verde and Casa 8

Maintenance and update of phone list directory

Postage stamps, Maintain rechargeable batteries, Provide main support to the 600 line,Conference Room reservations

Minute taking and set up of Science Engineering Operations Meetings (weekly)
Minute taking and preparation for GS Science staff meetings (Internal & Joint)

Receive and dispatch the FedEx carbon fibre masks. Maintenance of the recycling containers: overseeing capacities, scheduling pickups, promoting a “greener mentality”

Set up the weekly Science Coffee at GS

Nightlunch forms for visitors and staff members

Update and maintain the Science Bulletin Board (LSST, Job Descriptions, papers, etc)

Set up purchases, orders and reimbursements for GS Science staff

Maintain up to date Web pages information for Development, Engineering and some other projects.

Update web pages related to the above items

Provide English to Spanish and Spanish to English translations, if required

Collaborate with other AFG colleagues, both North & South, in service improvement initiatives and in this way also help ensure that such services are provided in a uniform, high-quality manner at both sites.

Other administrative duties, including substituting wholly or partially for other members of the Administration & Facilities Group, as required.


Education Required:

Associate’s Degree in Administration or Business or some college in relevant field desired with requisite experience.


Experience Required:

Three to five years in a responsible administrative assistant position, preferably working with minimum supervision.

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Information Systems

Information Systems Engineer

  • Location: Hilo, Hawaii
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: 14-0148

The Gemini Observatory has an immediate opening for an Information Systems Engineer to provide end user and operational Information Technology support.  The position is full time, contract, through 2015 and is based in Hilo, Hawaii at the Gemini Hilo Base Facility.  Applicants should possess a broad range of Information Technology skills and experience however intermediate-advanced level expertise in Mac/OS X and RHEL/CentOS Linux is a strict requirement.

This position requires the ability to assess and anticipate customer and organizational needs, comprehensively and accurately gather requirements, translate the requirements into systems/infrastructure designs and solutions, execute their implementation, and architect ongoing maintenance and support models in support of their life cycle.  Additionally, this position provides “top down” support for any and all systems/infrastructure related to the operation of the observatory.

Applicants should have 5+ years of experience in enterprise scale Information Technology support and possess a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field, or have equivalent experience.

Skills Required:

  1. Must possess a strong working knowledge of enterprise scale storage, virtualization, and networking technologies and the ability to provide related support and integration at an advanced level.
  2. Should possess current professional/technical certifications in support of their primary disciplines.
  3. Should possess a broad knowledge of industry standard platforms and the ability to provide advanced integration and support for Windows, Mac, and Linux server/client platforms.
  4. Should have strong communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  5. Should be able to both manage and execute multiple tasks/projects simultaneously.
  6. Should have the ability to work with continual deadline pressure, handle complex technical issues and provide timely solutions.
  7. Must have strong skills and background related to supporting and design of enterprise scale information systems.
  8. Should possess the ability to manage and execute complex projects.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Must be able to work at 14,000 ft. elevation and pass a physical exam for high altitude fitness.
  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, horns 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.
  3. Must possess sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to install, work on, repair, replace parts on large telescope and its systems; b) lift, hold, maneuver, objects of 50 lbs. or more; e) maintain balance while performing work; c) remove parts, systems, tools of 50 lbs. or more.
  4. Must be willing to travel internationally and possess (or have the ability to obtain) the necessary passports/visas/travel documentation.
  5. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to provide a driver’s abstract reflecting a good and responsible driving record.  Must be able to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle on rough roads in mountainous terrain.
  6. Must be willing to support observing systems after normal working hours


 

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Instrumentation

Systems Engineer

  • Location: La Serena, Chile
  • Deadline for Application: Until filled.
  • Job Code: 14-0115

This position based at the Gemini South Observatory aims at providing specialized skills to Observatory development and operations projects and activities in the area of structured systems engineering. The Systems Engineer is responsible for performing systems engineering tasks associated with assigned Observatory projects and activities. The Systems Engineer will perform systems engineering for development and deployment of new instruments and instrument upgrades, including requirements specification, design analysis and evaluation, implementation oversight, requirements verification, and transition to operations. The Systems Engineer will also identify and pursue opportunities for operational improvements, perform knowledge management and engage with the larger Observatory community to promote industry standards and best practices for systems engineering and technical management. In all capacities, the Systems Engineer will be expected to work with a geographically distributed and multi-disciplinary team of engineers, scientists and operators.
 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and collaborate on needs identification, requirements definition and requirements analysis, and perform requirements management and verification.

  • Lead project configuration and knowledge management, including change control.

  • Collaborate on project risk management and quality management.

  • Collaborate on design, implementation, integration and test activities including oversight to ensure adherence to systems engineering best practices.

  • Lead and collaborate on transition and project close out activities including oversight to ensure adherence to systems engineering best practices.

  • Maintain a working knowledge of systems engineering best practices and application within Observatories and similar environments.

  • Become proficient in Gemini systems engineering tools and processes, and instruct the larger Gemini community in the use of these tools and processes as warranted.

  • Supervise and mentor junior Systems Engineering personnel as needed.

  • Occasional travel as needed in support of projects.

  • Other duties as required, within the classification of this position.

Education Required:

  • BS or advanced degree in an Engineering or Science discipline with courses in pertinent fields such as systems engineering, aerospace engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics.

  • Professional certification in systems engineering desirable.

Experience Required:

  • 5+ years as a systems engineer or performing systems engineering functions.

  • Experience in both development and operations environments highly desirable.

  • Experience in Observatory environment desirable.

  • Experience working with geographically distributed teams desirable.

  • Experience with industry standard systems engineering tools desirable.

Skills Required:

  • Systems engineering expertise across the system lifecycle.

  • Leadership and management of technical activities throughout the system lifecycle.

  • Leadership and collaboration with people of diverse professions and background.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications.

  • Ability to easily grasp a wide range of engineering and science concepts and terminology pertaining to observatories.

  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple assignments simultaneously and prioritize activities as needed.

  • Ability to garner consensus and make decisions.

  • Fluency in English required, and fluency in Spanish highly desirable.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products.

Position will remain open until filled.


 

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Science

Data Process Developer 14-0133

  • Location: Hilo, Hawaii
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: 14-0133

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 Gemini North in Hilo, Hawaii. The Data Process Developer is a part of a group of five people based in Hawaii and Chile.  This is a fixed-term 1-year position

The Data Process Developer will contribute to the design, development, 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.

Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy, Physics, Computer Science or related field is required; a master’s degree is preferred. Must be familiar with astronomical data 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.

.Gemini offers an attractive and competitive salary and benefit package. Gemini North head quarters 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.

Send resume, cover letter and contact details of three references from whom letters of reference may be obtained.

The position will remain open until filled.

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Tenure-Track Astronomer OPS102P

  • Location: Gemini South - La Serena, Chile
  • Deadline for Application: 03/31/2014
  • Job Code: OPS102P

Gemini Observatory has an immediate opening for a tenure-track astronomer position at Gemini South in La Serena, Chile. 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.  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 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.

To apply on-line please hit the "Apply On Line" button on this page and it will take you to the on-line application system for Gemini Observatory. If you have any questions please email Enrique Cancino, HR Manager for AURA South at ecancino@aura-astronomy.org.

The position will remain open until filled. Applications received by 31-Mar will receive full consideration.

Gemini Observatory is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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Aircraft Spotter

  • Location: Hilo, HI
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: 14-0103

We are searching for highly reliable team players to join Gemini Observatory as Aircraft Spotters.    The Aircraft Spotter ensures that the Gemini North Laser Guide Star system is shuttered when aircraft pass over the telescope. Requires mainly night-time work at the Mauna Kea summit located at 14,000 feet elevation.    The Aircraft Spotter logs the time, compass heading, elevation, and general direction of aircraft or known destination of all aircraft in the sky; notifies telescope personnel when aircraft approach the laser; shutters laser system when aircraft comes in close vicinity of laser without warning.  The Spotter also monitors Laser Clearing House Target List; shuttering windows and alerts the Telescope Operator of impending laser shuttering.   Does a final check of summit installation at the end of each LGS night to make sure the areas used by the spotter group are neat and clean.  The successful candidate will have excellent oral communication skills, be organized and very safety conscientious, reliable; and practice good judgment.  Must be able to work a flexible schedule, mostly at night.   Position requires a high school diploma; previous training in first aid is a plus. Must be able to drive a 4WD vehicle and have a clean driving record.  MVR will be run on the successful candidate!

This position is temporary/Part Time position.

Deadline to Apply is:  Until position is filled.

 

 

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