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Technical Staff Associate - Laser Ranging and Optics

Hiring department Ctr Space Research
Monthly salary $3,517+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week 40.00 Variable
Posting number 17-02-15-01-4311
Job Status Deleted
FLSA status Non-exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location McDonald Observatory (near Ft. Davis, TX)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

Willing to work night shifts, alone. Live in the local area. Relocation expenses not available. With current and planned laser ranging stations, the US Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) requires that station observers maintain aural and visual awareness of possible overflying aircraft during normal operations. Interviews are conducted at Austin, Texas, and/or McDonald Observatory, TX, preferably.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


Co-lead collaborative teams working on rotating schedules to deliver 1) engineering support for installing and commissioning McDonald Geodetic Observatory instrumentation and infrastructure as a full multi-technique geophysical observatory; and 2) refurbishment and 24/7 operations of the McDonald Laser Ranging Station.

Essential Functions

To perform technical support tasks in field engineering operations and in machine and equipment design. Responsible for serving as the technical representative of the research program or project while in the field, including equipment installation and testing, interpreting and evaluating field data, and performing liaison responsibilities with sponsors, or for executing design documentation and serving as the design engineers' representative in the laboratory and/or shop. Participates in the design and development of highly specialized and experimental equipment, with particular emphasis on the design, field engineering, and field operations phase of the research work. Travels to sponsors' sites as a technical representative of a research program or project, and conducts field tests, interprets and evaluates field data, and serves as a liaison with industrial, governmental, and other research sponsors. May prepare reports for research projects, describing the results of field experiments and/or inspections. Collaborates with research scientists and engineers, who may have overall responsibility for the research projects, in the design and functional application of research equipment.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

High school graduation or GED, supplemented by technical training in areas related to the specific research activity, college-level courses in physics, electrical engineering, and related disciplines, or completion of associate degree in electronics. Eight (8) years of experience in the construction, operation, and maintenance of sophisticated electronic equipment, including three (3) years of experience in an environment that includes scientific research and field operations in laser ranging and optics. Experience with scientific research laboratory instruments, including computer-based data collection/acquisition systems or computer-aided design systems. Relevant experience with electrical and mechanical devices. Knowledge of lens and mirror coatings. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Associate Degree of Applied Science in laser electro-optics (ex: 2-year degree from Texas State Technical College program) or equivalent is ideal.

Working conditions

Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of stairs Climbing of ladders Lifting and moving Engineering/electronic shop, lab and standard office conditions. Infrequent travel. Willing to complete Environmental Health and Safety training, including laser safety. Work around electrical and mechanical hazards, and chemical fumes.

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