Astronomy History Specialist

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Classification Number 900269 Classification Title Astronomy History Specialist Department Physics Level Level C (Specialist) Job Description

The successful applicants will manage and oversee conception, development, and implementation of historical research projects and outreach displays related to astronomy and the Middlebury College Observatory atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Historical projects and explorations may be related to the history of Middlebury College Observatory specifically or to that of astronomy more generally. The successful applicants may be involved with research involving holdings of the College, including the Antique Scientific Instrument Collection and Special Collections and Archives, as well as more general printed and electronic astronomical history resources. The successful applicants will work both independently and with the Telescope Specialist who manages the observatory, its telescopes, and its outreach program. Scheduling and hours for this position will be irregular and will require motivated, independent work.

Applicants must have advanced proficiency with historical research techniques, mastery of appropriate professional industry-standard tools to design physical and electronic exhibitions, and intimate familiarity with the night sky. Applicants should have taken and excelled at PHYS 155 or PHYS 165, mastered concepts of observational astronomy and telescope operation as part of one of these courses, served as Astronomy Outreach Event Assistant, or should have advanced equivalent experience with telescopes and observational astronomy. Applicants filling this position should already possess and should have successfully demonstrated the required skills, proficiencies, and training corresponding to Astronomy Outreach Event Assistant. Applicants will be responsible for creativity in engaging and stimulating interest in astronomy. Applicants should enjoy researching, designing and creating compelling displays for outreach programs to share their knowledge about and enthusiasm for astronomy with others.

Posting Number STU00653 Location Middlebury, VT Campus Posting Information

Is this an academic year or summer position? Open Date Close Date Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is available for the academic year and/or the summer. This position is not accepting online applications. Questions regarding this posting can be sent to Jonathan Kemp at [email protected] .

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      Posted: 12/29/2018
      Application Due: 7/28/2019
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