The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Hiring department McDonald Observatory
Monthly salary OPEN
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number 12-11-15-01-0379
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin (main campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

The Director resides in Austin, but is expected to travel frequently to McDonald Observatory where there is a residence for use by the Director. The selected person will hold dual positions of director with McDonald Observatory and faculty with Department of Astronomy, which will require further documentation and credentials. A tenured faculty rank will be determined according to qualifications.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 5 References is required in order to apply.

Note: The following additional materials are also required for consideration: Statement of experience. Instructions for submission of these materials will be provided at the time the online application has been completed.

Additional Information


To further the McDonald Observatory's mission of promoting research, education, and outreach in astronomy. Lead a major research unit and interact well with private supporters and with public education leaders in the state.

Essential Functions

Leads the McDonald Observatory with the assistance from a Senior Management team currently consisting of: Assistant Director for Research Support, Chief Engineer, Chief Astronomer, Chief Scientist, Assistant Director for Business Affairs, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach, Superintendent of West Texas Operations, Facility Manager for the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, and the HETDEX Project Manager. Develops strategies for fund-raising from private individuals and foundations, and represents the interests of the Observatory to the Board of Visitors (advisory council for Observatory and Department), state officials, and the higher administration of the University. Ensures McDonald Observatory facilities enable observers from the Texas Astronomy Program to conduct the finest possible research, and also supports research by Texas observers at other locations. Coordinates long-range plans for the Observatory with those of the Department of Astronomy led by the Chair.

Marginal/Incidental functions

The position requires frequent travel. Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Ph.D. and a demonstrated record of accomplishment in astronomical research to warrant appointment as a tenured professor in the Department of Astronomy at The University of Texas at Austin.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience in administration and communication necessary to lead a major research unit, and to interact well with private supporters and with public education leaders in the state.

Working conditions

May work in all weather conditions May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity

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