The Department of Astronomy, within the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks an Instrumentation Scientist to join our team. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field. The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.
The qualified individual will work with OSU Astronomy Department faculty, students, and Imaging Sciences Lab personnel on the definition, design, development, construction, and commissioning of advanced astronomical instruments. Work with engineering design and fabrication personnel, and provide technical and maintenance support to keep existing instruments operating in the field. Activities of the instrument scientist include working with detector systems, electronics, thermal/vacuum systems, cryogenic systems, fiber optics, opto-mechanical systems, optical design and analysis, project management, software, and all aspects of the operation of astronomical instruments used for professional research, as well as supervision of engineers, technicians, and students engaged in astronomical instrumentation.
Doctoral degree in astronomy, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; three years of experience in astronomical instrumentation development, with a broad background covering all phases of instrumentation activities including development of science and engineering requirements, optical, mechanical, and electronics design; relevant experience may predate receipt of a PhD.
Experience with modern astronomical detectors and detector control system principles, fiber-optics, vacuum and thermal systems; experience in the design and construction of modern astronomical instruments, including astronomical detectors, instrument electronics design, testing, and analysis, and related optical and mechanical designs; hands-on experience with the assembly, testing, deployment, and documentation of instruments and related subsystems, ability to generate project plans and cost estimates; experience working with engineers, technicians, and scientists in the design, construction, and testing of astronomical instruments; knowledge of observational astronomy, and demonstrated written and spoken communication skills.
Target Salary: $80,000.00 - $110,000.00 Annually
Job Category: Research
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