Astronomical Instrumentation Spec, Sr

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Purpose of Classification:

Installs, maintains and repairs astronomy research instrumentation; assists astronomers in using the equipment; designs and/or modifies instruments and support systems.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from the Astronomical Instrumentation Specialist by the involvement in planning projects, the responsibility for overseeing the completion of projects and the design aspects. Incumbents are required to travel to a remote location and work at elevations of up to 8,500 feet.

Example of Duties:

  • Coordinates with scientists to ensure instrumentation requirements for complex astronomical research problems are met.
  • Translates astronomical requirements into a variety of instrument configurations and assists astronomers in obtaining the necessary information.
  • Applies vacuum chamber coats on optics and installs small and large astronomical optics and associated instruments.
  • Completes assigned instrumentation projects in accordance with the annual program plan while working within the individual project budget.
  • Plans, creates and constructs new support systems for instruments such as cooling systems, vacuum systems and dry air sources.
  • Participates in the analyses of technical research data and utilizes sound engineering principles in the solution of instrument problems; diagnoses and repairs parts of the instrument which are malfunctioning.
  • Documents new and existing instruments and systems.
  • Recommends instrument improvements and oversees their implementation.
  • Requisitions parts and supplies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of electro-optical engineering principles, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of astronomical telescopes, observing techniques and applications.
  • Knowledge of astronomical instrumentation and related engineering equipment.
  • Skill in engineering design application.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics or related field AND two years of astronomical instrumentation experience; OR,
  • Six years of astronomical instrumentation experience; OR,
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.
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