Technical Associate I or II
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Tucson, AZ 85719
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) has an opening for a Technical Associate I or II, depending on experience, at Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO). This position provides electrical and mechanical support for the telescopes on Kitt Peak. This includes maintaining all the various control systems ranging from servo systems to weather stations. Performs telescope instrument changes and monitors them when needed. Sets up the telescopes for nighttime operations.
Essential Functions:Performs technical support activities, including some project planning and control, and data analysis Provides support for solving design problems. Assists in solving coordination problems of a technical nature directly or in conjunction with other members of a project team. Recommends improvements to existing designs and manufacturing procedures if appropriate. Responsible for compliance with technical requirements and approved time schedules of assigned work. Cooperates closely with representatives of the major instrumentation and scientific divisions, and others involved with the assigned technical problem. Reports results of activities and notes unusual situations. Maintains familiarity and knowledge of parts, materials, tools, etc. to be used on assigned project. Builds, assembles and/or maintains equipment for a project. Responsible for safety of own operations and for reporting unsafe practices or conditions.
NOAO offers an excellent benefits package, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a very attractive work environment.
Preference will be given to qualified internal candidates.
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The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) manages several astronomical observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory and the Gemini Observatory) and construction projects (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and Daniel. K. Inouye Solar Telescope) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.
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Preference granted to qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O’odham reservation.