10-meter South Pole Telescope Winterover

May 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit:

Unit Job Summary: The 10-meter South Pole Telescope (SPT) Winterover will be a member of a two-person crew located at the NSF Amundsen-Scott South Pole research station in Antarctica. The crew will be responsible for the hands-on maintenance and operation of the SPT. The crew will participate in the preliminary analysis of the astronomical data and is an integral part of the SPT collaboration. A continuous stay at the South Pole, lasting approximately eleven months, is required. The position begins in January 2018 and ends in November 2018.

Unit Education: At least one year of remote-field work experience on telescopes, mechanical systems (including servo systems and cryogenic systems), radio, analog and digital electronics OR an undergraduate degree in physics or engineering with a strong research component is required.

Unit Experience: Competence with computer systems and electronic instruments is required. Climbing, bending, reaching lifting and operating machines and power tools are required. Experience working at a harsh, remote site is strongly preferred. Experience working in a self-motivated manner within a large collaboration and the demonstrated ability to think in a structured, logical manner while under pressure is desired. This individual must have the ability to work independently and as well as within a team environment. Physical Demands: A continuous stay at the South Pole, lasting approximately one-year, is required. Due to the job site, good physical health is required. Applicant must be able to work in a cold, harsh environment. Applicant must pass physical and mental qualifying exams before employment. Climbing on telescope, bending, reaching, lifting and use of machines and power tools are required. Mental Demands: Planning; attention to detail; analytic and quantitative skills; reading; self motivation; problem solving; math; reasoning; oral and written communications; ability to manage time pressures.

Unit Job Function Competencies: See above