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Telescope Observer

Company: Confidential
Location: Albuquerque
Posted on: July 13, 2019

Job Description:

Telescope Observer Description Telescope Observer: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey-II (SDSS-II) and New Mexico State University are seeking a technical and data-oriented astronomer for a position as SDSS-II Observer to conduct Survey observing at Apache Point Observatory (APO). SDSS-II is a three-component program: The Legacy survey will acquire more extragalactic redshifts in the North Galactic Cap; the SEQUE survey will undertake a major new imaging and spectroscopic survey of Galactic structure; and the Supernova survey will detect and measure 200 Type la supernovae at intermediate redshifts. Using the 2.5-meter SDSS telescope, Observer will make five-bandpass imaging observations of over 12,000 square degrees of sky and obtain the spectra of over 1 million galaxies, quasars and stars using a 54-CCD imaging camera, a 640-fiber spectrograph, and a photometric calibration telescope. Observers are full scientific participants; they are encouraged to undertake research programs with the data and to take advantage of the collaboration's network of scientific effort. Data will be acquired through 30 June 2008, Observers will participate to the end of the survey. The position could be extended beyond 2008, contingent on funding. Responsibilities include nightly operation of SDSS telescopes, monitoring the data streams and system performance, evaluating data quality and observing efficiency including daytime evaluation of system performance and planning of future observations. Bachelor's Degree in Astronomy, Physics or related field and 8 years of experience; Master's or PhD is preferred. Relevant experience includes hands-on telescope operation (with attendant mechanical and computer expertise); proficiency in Unix/Linux, TCL, IDL, C, and IRAF; imaging and spectroscopic data reduction; CCD instrumentation and electronics. Unix programming skills are desirable. Salary commensurate with education and qualifications. Group medical and hospital insurance, group life insurance, long-term disability insurance, state educational retirement, worker's compensation, sick leave, annual leave and unemployment compensation. Opportunity for educational advancement. DEADLINE: Applicants should send application letter and curriculum vitae (naming three references), hardcopy only (e-mail submissions will not be accepted). Review of applications will begin April 13, 2007 and will continue until position is filled. Employment is contingent upon funding and verification of individual's eligibility for employment in the United States.

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