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Telescope Operations Specialist

University of Tasmania - Hobart, TAS

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Full Job Description
Job no: 495729
Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Laboratory & Research Support

Telescope Operations Specialist

Full time fixed-term position (up to 3 years)
Based in Hobart
Showcase your knowledge and experience in laboratory management and telescope operations

The discipline of Physics in the School of Natural Sciences hosts an active research program in astrophysics, supported by significant investment in observatory facilities and infrastructure. The research program is the foundation of a range of outreach, education, and international collaboration activities. We operate 1.27m and 0.50m telescopes with a range of visible and infrared instrumentation at the Greenhill Observatory in the Southern Midlands, 65km from Hobart. Physics also operates radio telescopes at Mt Pleasant Observatory in Tasmania and Ceduna in South Australia.

The Opportunity

Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the telescopes at Greenhill Observatory and working with the Observatory computing systems to support and maintain science and data processing capabilities in response to scientific requests.

Key Accountabilities:
Monitor the facility, instruments, weather, and computing environment for safe and proper use of the physics-operated telescopes.
Work with astronomers and students to ensure remote access to telescopes and instruments, troubleshooting and fixing any issues that arise with software or hardware.
Work with the University’s external academic and commercial partners to maintain the systems needed for safe and reliable operations.
Apply a broad range of knowledge and experience to ensure that the observatory reflects the expectations of staff, students and the wider community, including the need to meet the requirements of any research contracts or memoranda of understanding.

Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate;

BSc with a major in Astronomy/Physics, Computing (or equivalent experience) with laboratory experience/extensive experience or equivalent combination of training and experience in laboratory management.
Experience working with high-level programming languages.
High level computing skills, especially in data handling and networking.
Capacity to troubleshoot and adapt existing equipment/methods and develop new and improved methods to optimise scientific outcomes.


Appointment to this role will be at HEO 6 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $100,345 comprising base salary within the range of $79,093 to $85,765 plus 17% superannuation.

How to Apply:
To apply online, please provide your CV and 1-2-page cover letter outlining your interest in the role, skills, capabilities and experience. You do not need to separately address the selection criteria.
For further information about this position, please contact Associate Professor Andrew Cole, Andrew.Cole@utas.edu.au or 6226 2438.
Please visit http://www.utas.edu.au/jobs/applying2 for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Tuesday, 4 May 2021, 11.55pm

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfill the requirements of this role.

Advertised: 21 Apr 2021 Tasmania Standard Time
Applications close: 04 May 2021 Tasmania Standard Time