Astronomy Image Specialist
Astronomy Image SpecialistDepartment:
Sciences Technical Support ServicesLevel:
Level C (Specialist)Job Description:
The successful applicants will manage and oversee acquisition, evaluation, reduction, analysis, and processing of astronomical imagery obtained with the 24" telescope at Mittelman 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 the night sky and celestial targets to create images and videos for outreach programs. 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, often at night, 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 software packages and algorithms, 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 attention to detail, data quality control, and safe and responsible operation of complex precision equipment. Applicants should enjoy observing with telescopes, acquiring data, and creating compelling images and videos 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.Posting Number:
Middlebury, VT CampusOpen Until Filled:
NoSpecial 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.Quicklink for Posting: