New Mexico State University is for a Chief Telescope Technologist for the SDSS 2.5m telescope operations at Apache Point Observatory (APO).
As the Sloan Digital Sky Survey moves into phase 5 with a new robotic fiber positioner and the Large Volume Mapper new telescope array and spectrographs, we are looking for a new Chief Telescope Technologist to manage the engineering , maintenance and operations of SDSS telescope facilities. Person will ; Oversee and participate in the design ,fabrication, assembly and commission of new hardware, Develop and maintain operational procedures and maintenance schedules, Plan and coordinate maintenance work, Supervise, direct, and evaluate work of approximately seven staff.
Person should be able to understand design, fabrication and testing of various electro-, opto- mechanical systems for complex telescope systems, including interfaces and scientific instruments. Perform preventive and corrective maintenance to systems as necessary, and ensure safety and integrity. Monitor trends and correct anomalies. Perform troubleshooting and problem analysis. Specify procedures, schedule, and maintain spare lists for maintenance and repair of telescope systems. Report activities and progress related to telescope systems engineering to Site Operations Manager. Specify, procure, maintain specialized mechanical, electronics, and optical test and maintenance equipment. Develop an annual plan and budget for telescope systems engineering activities and projects and manage annual shutdown activities which include disassembly, servicing and reassemble with collimation and commissioning. Loss time due to system failures is targeted at 0.5%
Benefits: See http://hr.nmsu.edu/benefits/
The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents (CV/Resume, 3 references, unofficial copy of transcripts) must be attached to the NMSU electronic application system at http://jobs.nmsu.edu.
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with ten (10) years of experience related to the standard duties as outlined or any equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience as approved by Human Resource Services.
Position entails non-standard work schedule, including weekends and holidays as needed. Posting number is 1901928S
Employment is contingent on funding and eligibility for employment in U.S. and results of a background verification. Target start date Jan 15 2020. NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer