Astronomy Music Specialist

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Astronomy Music Specialist

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Sciences Technical Support Services


Level C (Specialist)

Job Description:

The successful applicants will manage and oversee conception, design, creation, and production of musical works inspired by and to accompany astronomy and the Mittelman Observatory atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Musical creations may be in or on a variety of media including both analog and digital, and may be acoustic, electronic, or synthetic. The successful applicants may be involved with the digitizing of analog objects to transform them to electronic formats, and may be involved with the conception, design, creation, and preparation of video, materials, and products featuring these musical works. 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 the principles and practices of telescopes and instruments, mastery of appropriate professional industry-standard physical instrumentation and digital creation software packages for music production, 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 expression and design. Applicants should enjoy designing and creating compelling musical works 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