This position is compensated at the Level C rate on the student employment scale.
The successful applicants will manage and oversee development, testing, debugging, and implementation of data processing software for astronomical data 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 data processing to automate, streamline, and improve software for astronomical data obtained 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 scientific computing and programming and intimate familiarity with the night sky. Applicants should have taken and excelled at Physics 155 or Physics 255, 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 software quality control. Applicants should enjoy working with and critically evaluating software code for 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.
This position is only open to Middlebury 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.