Company: Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO)
Posted on: November 19, 2021
Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) is operating and upgrading a
global network of more than 20 robotic telescopes. The telescopes
and instruments, located at 7 world class observatories around the
globe, are used for astronomical research and educational outreach.
We are seeking an Instrumentation Engineer to join our engineering
team. The engineering team is in charge of the maintenance and new
developments for our telescopes and instrumentation, and often
works with our international site partners. Our work spans a
variety of disciplines including electronics, optics, CCD camera
maintenance, robotic control, high-performance servo systems, and
embedded microprocessor applications. Each member of our small
engineering team is involved in many aspects of observatory
Key responsibilities: --- Lead maintenance tasks for a fleet of CCD
cameras (in particular cryosystems consisting of Cryotiger coolers
and vacuum system infrastructure). --- Assemble and repair
instrument and telescope components throughout the LCO telescope
fleet. --- Participate in instrumentation development and upgrade
projects. --- Participate in site maintenance campaigns. ---
Support other LCO activities as needed.
Qualifications: --- B.S. or equivalent experience in Mechanical /
Electrical / Optical Engineering / Physics or related fields. --- 2
years of general engineering experience, including experience in
vacuum system maintenance. --- Be self-directed, a team-player, and
motivated to succeed in a fast paced and dynamic environment . ---
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, especially via
email and other remote communication tools such as Slack and Zoom.
--- Ability to quickly learn assembly and maintenance methods and
how to read and understand engineering drawings, including
electrical schematics. --- Maintenance of cryo systems. ---
Experience with ESD and clean-room procedures. --- Familiarity with
a reasonable range of mechanical, electrical, construction, and
carpentry tools. --- Ability to work effectively in a complex
software environment, including utilization of testing scripts in a
Unix environment. --- Able to lift 50 pounds, climb ladders and
occasionally work at high elevation. --- Authorized to work in the
US. --- Able and willing to travel internationally without
restrictions (approximately 6 weeks per year, plus or minus - COVID
This is a full-time, salaried position based in Goleta, CA. We are
welcoming applicants at junior and senior experience levels.
Applicants please submit a resume and cover letter describing
relevant experience to email@example.com. The application deadline
is October 15, 2021.
LCO offers a competitive salary, great vacation time, and generous
LCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are actively engaged in
building and nurturing a culture that is welcoming and inclusive of
people from diverse backgrounds with regard to race, color, sex,
age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity
and/or expression, disability and veteran status.
Keywords: Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO), Santa Barbara , Instrumentation Engineer, Engineering , Goleta, California
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