Near-Earth Object Observer
The Adler Planetarium (Chicago, IL) has an opportunity available in the Astronomy department for an observational astronomer. This position will be the primary staff member conducting follow-up and physical characterization observations and limited data reduction near-Earth objects in a major new effort using the ARC 3.5 meter telescope at Apache Point Observatory. The initial team of employment will be for two years, and is funded through a grant from NASA Near-Earth Object Observations. A potential extension to additional years is dependent on the acquisition of external funding.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Carry out observations, data reduction, and related research activities as part of the Adler Asteroid Research team
• Perform education and outreach activities related to their research work.
Education and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy or a related field such as physics, planetary science, etc.
• Masters or Ph.D. in Astronomy preferred
• Knowledge of basic observational astronomy (astronomical coordinates, celestial motions, time systems, physical principles of telescopes).
• Ability to work frequent evening shifts (for astronomical observing), strong responsibility in following a changing work schedule, attention to detail, maintaining documentation.
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to use standard office tools (Office Suite, etc.)
• Experience in programming, web development, and astronomical data reduction and analysis preferred.
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V
July 2, 2014
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