Astronomy Data Specialist

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Classification Number 900259 Classification Title Astronomy Data Specialist Department Physics Level Level C (Specialist) Job Description

The successful applicants will manage and oversee calibration, processing, and analysis of astronomical data obtained with the 24" telescope at Middlebury College Observatory atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Duties will include exercising proficiency with telescopes, instruments, and software packages and using these skills and techniques in conjunction with a mastery of astronomical principles of data processing to analyze astronomical data for science and engineering purposes. 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, occasionally at night, and will require motivated, independent work.

Applicants must have advanced proficiency with the principles and practices of astronomical data processing 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 attention to detail and data quality control. Applicants should enjoy working with and critically evaluating astronomy data and contributing to science and engineering projects that enhance the performance of the Observatory and the answering of scientific questions as a way of applying their knowledge about and enthusiasm for astronomy.

Posting Number STU00651 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: 1/9/2019
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