Astronomy History Specialist

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Astronomy History Specialist


Sciences Technical Support Services


Level C (Specialist)

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The successful applicants will manage and oversee conception, development, and implementation of historical research projects and outreach displays related to astronomy and the Mittelman Observatory atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Historical projects and explorations may be related to the history of Mittelman 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 Physics 155, 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.

This position is approved for remote work from within the United States only.

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Middlebury, VT Campus

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position is only open to Middlebury College undergraduate students, is available for both the academic year and the summer, and is accepting online applications. Questions regarding this posting can be directed to Jonathan Kemp at [email protected] and students are encouraged to reach out before applying online.

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Posted: 8/26/2020
Application Due: 5/31/2021
Work Type: Full Time