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.
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.
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.
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.
The position requires frequent travel. Other related functions as assigned.
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.
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.
May work in all weather conditions May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity