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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.


Engineering Electronics Technician

Laser Engineer

Systems Engineer

Information Systems Information Systems Group Intern

Science Assistant or Associate Scientist

Gemini Science Fellows


Electronics Technician

  • Location: Cerro Pachon
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: OPE213P

Position Summary:
As part of the summit crew candidate supports all electronic activities required to deliver working  telescope and instrumentation on a daily basis. 
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Perform routine maintenance on telescope and instrument systems 
2. Troubleshoot and make appropriate repairs on telescope and instruments
3. Candidate can be expected to take responsibility for one of more Telescope/Facility sub-systems: prepare preventive maintenance plans, spares analysis and obsolescence mitigation and documentation. 
4. Assist with commissioning and upgrades of telescope and instrumentation systems
5. Perform daily check out of telescope subsystems, enclosure operation, and instrument configuration and assist in daily operations coordination. 
6. Assist with installation and removal of instruments
7. Maintain documentation 
Job Specifications:
Requires a strong background in electronics.  Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, decision-making, judgment and oral and written English communication skills are necessary.  Must have an excellent safety attitude.     
Education Required:
Bachelors degree in electronic technology or equivalent training.
Experience Required:
Experience and proficiency in the maintenance of electronics systems is required. Previous observatory experience and in one or more of the follow areas, vacuum, cryogenics, motion control, PLC, astronomical instrumentation and telescope systems is highly preferred.  
Skills Required:  
Requires excellent troubleshooting and repair skills.  

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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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Information Systems

Information Systems Group Intern

  • Location: Hilo
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: 15-0162

Gemini North has an opening for a temporary 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.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Assist with build, configuration and deployment of Linux and Mac systems.
2. Work along side the Information Systems Group to troubleshoot, diagnose, repair, and replace standard PC and Mac hardware and software components.
3. Assist with asset management, including procurement, deployment, decommissioning, disposal, and database update.
4. Assist with research and analytics of IT metrics.
5. Assist with documentation of Information Systems Group procedures, policies, tutorials, architectural diagrams, etc.
Job Specifications:
1. Demonstrated ability to configure, maintain, and troubleshoot Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems and software.
2. High level of comfort working in a command line, shell environment, both at a local or remote console.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of TCP/IP networking concepts and principles.
4. Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team.
5. Ability to research problems & present solutions to the team.
6. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
7. Articulate verbal and written communication skills.
8. Ability to learn quickly and adapt to changes.
9. Strong customer service / interpersonal skills.

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Assistant or Associate Scientist

  • Location: Hilo, Hawaii
  • Deadline for Application: Until filled.
  • Job Code: 15-0163

Position Summary:
The successful applicant will have demonstrated scientific leadership in research, and possess the motivation and ability to identify and carry out new projects to completion while assisting in the day-to-day operations of the observatory.  The successful applicant will also possess excellent teamwork skills in order to work collaboratively with Gemini staff and external scientists, as well as participate in observatory committees and external scientific organizations. The position is split 80/20, with 80% of the Scientist's time spent carrying out functional duties, and 20% on personal research.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Providing science support of instrumentation, telescope sub-systems, and facility.
2. Participating in commissioning of instrumentation and support facilities.
3. Preparing nightly queue observing plans and executing queue-based observations for other astronomers in the Gemini communities.
4. Supporting Gemini users with specification of their observing program using Gemini tools, and introducing visiting observers to the telescope and instruments.
5. Conducting tests, calibration, and maintenance and developing documentation of new and existing astronomical equipment, including control and data acquisition systems.
6. Conducting personal research.
7. Preparing and presenting scientific papers at astronomical meetings and symposia.
Job Specifications:
Must be able to work independently.  An ability to communicate with a wide variety of staff, visiting observers and remote investigators throughout the Gemini partnership is essential.  Requires excellent team player skills.  Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.  An aptitude for dealing with practical problems and issues is necessary.  Must have a willingness to travel internationally and work in a culturally diverse environment.  Must possess the motivation and ability to identify and carry out new projects in a team environment while participating in the day-to-day operations of the observatory.  
Education Required:
Ph.D. in Astronomy or Astrophysics., or a related field.

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Gemini Science Fellows

  • Location: La Serena, Chile and Hilo, Hawaii
  • Deadline for Application: 12/01/2015
  • Job Code: 15-0136

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 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. 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 may 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 Maunakea. 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 curriculum vitae, 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.  Three professional references must also be provided along with your application. 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 November 7, 2015 will receive full consideration. The starting date is negotiable but is expected to be between April and August 2016. 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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