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Openings

Engineering Laser Engineer

Laser Operator

Software Engineer I: TCC Upgrade - Req 14-0009

Real Time Upgrade Software Engineer

Information Systems Information Systems Group Intern

Safety Safety & Health Manager

Science Tenure-Track Astronomer OPS102P



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 telescope operations at the Gemini Observatory. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Supervise laser technicians; interface with science staff;
• Lead 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;
• Lead optics-related operational and development projects through internal and/or contracted efforts
• Provide project engineering support
• Provide technical representation on the purchase of new laser equipment and related optical design work
• Prepare docuemntation, schedules, and maintenance procedures
• Participate in design reviews.


Job Specifications:
Self-starter spirit with ability to work autonomously. Previous work in an astronomy environment preferred. Ability to 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 from a Group A:1 country as defined in the Gemini  South laser export license.


Education Required:
BS in Optics/Laser/Engineering/Physics/related field. Knowledge of optical design, high-power lasers and their operation, and various software applications.


Experience Required:
Minimum of 3 years laser engineering experience.

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Laser Operator

  • Location: La Serena, Chile
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: OPE359T

Position Summary:
This position is a Part-Time and Temporary position: non-exempt hourly paid position.
Part-time: 10-15 nights a month during GeMS runs, plus GeMS run daytime preps.  This is a temporary position, it will no longer be required once laser operation is transferred to SOS operation (estimate: end of 2015).
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Operate the Laser Guide Star Facility (LGSF) at night during GeMS runs;
2. Take part in laser and optics setup in the week prior to each night-time laser run;
3. Maintain laser safety certification to operate laser;
4. Escalate faults issues to Level II LGSF technician and/or on-call LGSF support;
5. Fill fault reports when necessary;
6. Report to Laser Engineer for all laser technical issues;
7. Complete nightly pass down report to LGSF technician for all LGSF operational issues;
8. Report to SOS on-duty for all operational and safety issues;
9. Take part in the LGSF debrief meeting.

Job Specifications:

Must be reliable and able to work independently. Must possess a clean driving record and be able to show proof of such.  Requires good judgment. Must be able to read documentation in English and ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately.

Education Required:

Associates Degree in technical discipline, a basic level of understanding of physics and optics is desirable.
English language desire, a formal English Classes will be provided if it is necessary. 
Experience Required:
• Some prior experience with laser safety procedures - although full equipment specific training will be provided;
• Ability to follow complex procedures in timely manner is essential;
• Ability to write technical reports is essential;
• Ability to operate computers and software is essential;
• Ability to participate in meetings is essential;
• Self-organized, proactive, flexible, and autonomous person;
• Ability to work as part of night operations team is essential;
• Safety oriented;
• Ability to work at 10,000 foot altitude;
• Valid driver’s license, clean driving record and ability to drive a 4WD vehicle;
• Laser safety certification will be educational requirement;
• Must have excellent oral communication skills. Must be organized and reliable.

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Software Engineer I: TCC Upgrade - Req 14-0009

  • Location: Gemini South - La Serena, Chile
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: OPE420T - HLSW

Gemini Observatory operates two state-of-the-art 8-Meter telescopes, one in Chile and one in Hawaii.  Gemini is undertaking an upgrade of its Telescope Control Console (TCC) and is seeking a dedicated software engineer to assist with this work. The TCC is the main user interface used by telescope operators to control the telescopes and it is a critical component of the telescope operational software.

This position will work closely with Gemini software engineers and telescope operators to re-engineer this tool with the goal of improve the user interface, simplify its operation, reduce complexity and simplify long-term software maintenance.  The successful candidate will have a strong background in object-oriented languages with experience in user interface development, especially in Java.  Must have visual and user-focused design skills with an eye for details. Experience with scripting languages and ability to understand legacy code is required. The candidate must have good design skills, both for middleware software and also for user interfaces.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develop and maintain high-level software to upgrade and standardize existing telescope systems and support code.

  2. Develop and maintain software simulators and test facilities.

  3. Work with software engineers and telescope operators specialists to understand, plan, and implement software upgrades.

  4. Advise on user interface design and options and provide recommendations on usability considerations.

  5. Follow a rigorous software development life cycle, including all phases: requirements gathering, design, documentation, development, testing and deployment.

  6. Provide clearly written documentation, both technical and user-oriented, including software interface control documents and user manuals.

  7. Ensure team members are informed of the progress of assigned tasks, and keep them abreast of issues that might impact deadlines.

Education Required:  BS or higher (CS, ECE, EE or similar); or 5+ years of experience if no degree. 

Experience Required:

Must have a minimum two years of experience in design, implementation and testing of high-level software for both new and existing systems, especially focused on end-user software. Must have a strong background in object-oriented languages with experience in user interface development, especially in Java or similar languages. Must have visual and user-focused design skills with an eye for details. Must be familiar with scripting languages. Experience with the EPICS control framework and Tcl/Tk in a research or scientific environment would be an asset. Previous experience in an astronomical research or scientific environment is highly desirable.

Skills Required:

Must be self-motivated and able to work independently to solve problems and organize work.  Must be able to work effectively as part of a widely distributed team.  Must be able to rapidly read, understand and document existing and poorly documented code.  Must have a rigorous approach to software development, documentation and testing. Must demonstrate good design skills. A good working level of English language is required for this position.

This is a two-year term position based in La Serena, Chile.

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Real Time Upgrade Software Engineer

  • Location: La Serena, Chile
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: OPE410T

Gemini Observatory is undertaking a major upgrade and standardization of its telescope control systems and is seeking a dedicated software engineer to assist with this work.  Gemini telescope control systems are developed in C language running on the VxWorks real-time operating system within an EPICS control framework environment.  This is a two year term position preferably based in the La Serena, Chile office.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develop and maintain real time C language control software to upgrade and standardize existing telescope systems and support code.
  2. Develop and maintain software simulators and test facilities.
  3. Work with instrument software specialists to understand, plan, and implement software upgrades.
  4. Follow a rigorous software development life cycle, including all phases: requirements gathering, design, documentation, development, testing, deployment.
  5. Provide clearly written documentation, both technical and user-oriented, including software interface control documents and user manuals.
  6. Ensure team members are informed of the progress of assigned tasks, and keep them abreast of issues that might impact deadlines.

Education Required:

BS or higher degree (CS, ECE, EE or similar); or 5+ years of experience if no degree. 

Experience Required:

Must have a minimum two years of experience in design, implementation and testing of real-time C language software for both new and existing systems. Experience with VxWorks (Motorola VME based) and Linux operating systems is strongly preferred.  Experience with the EPICS control system framework and associated tools, motion control, and system automation would be an asset.  Previous experience in an astronomical research or scientific environment is highly desirable.

Skills Required:

Must be self-motivated and able to work independently to solve problems and organize work.  Must be able to work effectively as part of a widely distributed team.  Must be able to rapidly read, understand and document existing and poorly documented code.  Must have a rigorous approach to software development, documentation and testing. A good working level of English language is required for this position.

 


 

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Information Systems

Information Systems Group Intern

  • Location: Hilo
  • Deadline for Application: 04/11/2014
  • Job Code: 14-0067

Gemini North has an opening for a 6 month renewable 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 including:

 Demonstrated ability to configure, maintain, and troubleshoot Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems and software.

  • High level of comfort working in a command line, shell environment, both at a local or remote console.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of TCP/IP networking concepts and principles.
  • Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to research problems & present solutions to the team.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Articulate verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to changes.
  • Strong customer service / interpersonal skills.


 



 


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Safety

Safety & Health Manager

  • Location: Hilo, Hawaii
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: 13-0152


The Gemini Observatory is recruiting a Safety & Health Manager to promote the protection of people property and the environment by providing overall leadership, professional knowledge and experience in the administration and support of safety processes for all aspects of Gemini.  This will include regulatory compliance, continuous development of safety policies and procedures, implementation of safety directives, and improvement of safety performance. The Safety Manager will identify and manage relevant training in an effective and timely manner.
 

 Position Duties:

  • Develop and audit observatory-wide policies, standards, procedures and practices within areas of responsibility
  • Serves as, or supervise, the Laser Safety Officer, ensuring compliance with American National Standards Institute (NSI), Laser Institute of America (LIA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Department of  Defense (DOD) regulations and Gemini Standards
  • Supervise the maintenance of hazardous materials inventories and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) database. Develop relevant training and compliance programs across all Gemini groups, as to the proper handling, use, storage and transportation of these materials, in order to comply with all laws and regulations. Monitor the effectiveness of these programs, implementing action plans where necessary
  • Interpret and advise management of local, state, and federal laws and regulations, affecting the operations of the facilities; including, but not limited to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health (HIOSH), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Transportation (DOT), building codes, life safety codes, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), public safety laws, workers compensation, insurance and general liability, and environmental laws. Audit Gemini’s compliance with all laws regulations and devise action plans where necessary, in order to reach a state of compliance
  • Research information regarding new legislation, regulations, and statutes, and determine applicability to the organization
  • Provide inspections, audits, investigations, consultation, and analysis within areas of responsibility
  • Monitor and/or arrange for required employee training and maintenance of records within areas of responsibility
  • Ensure necessary reporting requirements are met regarding risk management, safety, workers compensation, security, and environmental compliance
  • Ensure proper review of plans and subcontract documents for facilities remodeling and new construction or fabrications, as appropriate
  • Maintain a close working relationship with the Human Resources Manager in matters relating to employee safety specific disciplinary actions, as well as health and general safety, workers compensation, leaves of absence, physical requirements, etc.
  • Provide direction to Safety Coordinators
  • Authorize Hercules manual and other relevant documentation
  • Provide direction for setting objectives and targets
  • Oversee the tracking of Safety performance
  • Support employee education and awareness
  • Oversee the Safety Management auditing program
  • Assist Associate Director for Safety (CFO)

 Education Required: Bachelor’s degree with Safety emphasis.  Bachelor’s degree in Safety with Engineering emphasis preferred. Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or comparable is desirable, not essential. CPR/first aid, First Responder, and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) training required.

Experience Required:Ten years of experience in field of safety and three to five years as Safety Coordinator or Safety leader with management experience.  Strong background in safety training, and thorough Federal and State health regulatory and laser safety knowledge required, as is basic knowledge of engineering principles, especially structural or mechanical.  Effective development, delivery, and evaluation of safety training programs.

Job Specifications: Must be able to take and pass high altitude physical for work at 14,000 feet; work efficiently at high altitude; obtain current, clean, and valid license to drive in the state of Hawaii; drive mountain, dirt, and gravel roads; travel internationally; have or obtain a valid passport; be willing to travel to Gemini South in Chile, as necessary.


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Science

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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