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A full list of employment opportunities with both the Department of Astronomy and McDonald Observatory can be found at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/search/0/. For openings at the Observatory, enter 'McDonald' as the Hiring Department. Listings will include both Austin and Fort Davis, TX.

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The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET), a state-of-the-art optical telescope facility, located in the Davis Mountains of West Texas has an opening for a Telescope Operator (TO). The Telescope Operator is responsible for the operation of the telescope, dome and instruments for night-time observations while working with the Resident Astronomer to acquire data. The TO maintains the records and logbooks detailing the activities during the observing period. Local weather and facility conditions are monitored to insure adequate and safe observing conditions. Some day time responsibilities include: assisting the day staff in the resolution of technical problems and preparing the facility for night time operations.

Required qualifications are a Bachelor's degree in astronomy, computer science, or a related field. Preferred qualifications include understanding of observational astronomical terminology, experience with developing and adapting to changes in complex procedures for repetitive tasks, experience with quickly trouble shooting, documenting and working through faults in complex hardware and software systems, and experience working in a Linux or Unix environment through both command-line interfaces and GUIs. In addition, candidates should have the work ethic and drive to maximize the scientific output of the telescope. The work schedule will be determined with the Supervisor and will include nights and weekends.

For more information about the telescope and the McDonald Observatory visit http://www.as.utexas.edu/mcdonald/het/het.html. To view a complete job description, salary, benefits and application instructions visit https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/search/0/ and refer to job posting number: 160513014211, https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/aplc_start/0/160513014211

The University of Texas is an EO/AA employer. This is a security sensitive position; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.

22 July 2016
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