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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

Instrumentation Systems Engineer

Science Archive Software Developer

Science Research Intern

Tenure-Track Astronomer OPS102P

Gemini Science Fellows



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

Archive Software Developer

  • Location: Hilo, Hawaii
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: DEV505T

Gemini Observatory has an immediate opening for an Archive Software 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 Archive Software Developer will be developing Python software as part of our project to implement and deploy a data archive for Gemini Observatory.  This is a fixed-term 1-year position.
 
The Archive Software Developer will contribute to the development and deployment of a new Data Archive system storing data from the Gemini telescopes. Specifically, he or she will develop python software to implement features required within an existing code base infrastructure, develop python software modules that are used by the archive software, for example for data validation, and develop unit tests for new and existing python code.
 
The software will run under the Linux operating system both in house and on a major commercial cloud computing system, and makes use of the Apache web server and PostgreSQL database software.
 
The Archive is an essential and critical component of observatory science operations; it is the means by which all science users, including Principal Investigators, obtain their science and calibration data from the observatory.  Thus, the Archive Software Developer is expected the follow a rigorous software development 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. Two or more years of experience programming in Python and/or working as part of a team on a significant python software package is strongly desired. Familiarity with relational databases and SQL is also strongly desired.
 
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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Science Research Intern

  • Location: Hilo, Hawaii
  • Deadline for Application: 09/15/2014
  • Job Code: 14-0189

Gemini North has an opening for a research intern to work with Dr. André-Nicolas Chené on the analysis of data from the VISTA variables survey. The duration of the internship will be 4 months, starting in September or October 2014.

The intern will process and analyze the near infrared photometry, and extract and classify the spectra of stellar members of young Galactic star clusters. The successful applicant will have good English communication skills, including being able to clearly document performed work. Students with prior experience with UNIX/Linux/MacOS-X and astronomical data reduction using IRAF will be given preference.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Andre-Nicolas Chene (achene@gemini.edu,rmason@gemini.edu)

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, grade sheet for courses completed, and provide two names of professional references, using the electronic application procedure for Gemini positions. Assessment of applications will start on September 15, 2014.

 

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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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Gemini Science Fellows

  • Location: La Serena, Chile and Hilo, Hawaii
  • Deadline for Application: 12/01/2014
  • Job Code: 14-0170

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 www.gemini.edu ).

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 Observatory expects to fill one position at each site annually, advertising in the 4th quarter for positions beginning in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of the following year.

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, and a fraction of the time available on both Gemini telescopes is used for successful peer-reviewed staff proposals. 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 can 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 Mauna Kea. 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 resume, 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.  The names and email addresses of three professional references must also be provided. All documents are required in order to be considered for the position. Application materials should be submitted online through the Gemini web site: www.gemini.edu/jobs.  Please include the AAS Job Register number in your cover letter. Applications received by December 1, 2014 will receive full consideration. The starting date is negotiable but is expected to be between April and August 2015. For further information about the positions please contact Dr. Sandy Leggett, Gemini-North Head of Science Operations (sleggett@gemini.edu), Dr. René Rutten, Gemini-South Head of Science Operations (rrutten@gemini.edu) or Dr. Nancy Levenson, Deputy Director and Head of Science (nlevenson@gemini.edu)

 

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