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Senior Mechanical Engineer

This position is being filled at either the Mechanical Engineer or Senior Mechanical Engineer level. Applicants are encouraged to apply to both job postings. See job numbers 25285 and 25286. To apply for the Mechanical Engineer, visit this link.

The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a Multi-Campus Research Unit of the University of California, with headquarters at the UC Santa Cruz campus. UCO operates on behalf of astronomers on eight UC campuses and two national laboratories and is comprised of extensive technical facilities, a business office, and telescope and support facilities at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton. UCO provides UC’s scientific, technical, and administrative interface to the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the Thirty Meter Telescope international project.  It also supports training of astronomy Ph.D.’s and post-docs throughout the UC system, and in TMT’s partner nations.

The UCO engineering staff supports the design of new instruments, the upgrading of Lick Observatory and Keck Observatory instruments systems, as well as the continuous improvement and maintenance of Lick Observatory infrastructure.

The Keck partnership includes working in collaboration with our partners at Caltech and across UC to design new instrument concepts, design, develop, fabricate, and integrate and test new instruments and subsystems, and work with Keck to diagnose and repair existing instruments.  Any new mechanical engineer can expect to work closely with Keck Observatory staff and our collaborators on all aspects of new and existing instrument development.

The Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton has several active telescopes that are operated and maintained by the UCO team.  Upgrades to instruments and design changes for repair and improvements are an important aspect of the mechanical design effort at UCO.  In addition to the observatory efforts, the UCO staff supports graduate students and postdocs in completing their required thesis work and enabling design work to be done as these new instrumentalists design and build their own sub-systems and instruments.

The University of California Observatories Senior Mechanical Engineer will work on research instrumentation, designing and building the next generation of ground-breaking instruments for astronomy on some of the world’s largest telescopes.  The UCO mechanical engineering group works on a range of technical challenges on one of a kind projects: precision motion control, alignment of large, powerful optics, vacuum-cryogenic systems and more. We are looking for mechanical engineers who are enthusiastic about hands-on work and enjoy all phases of a project: concept design, FEA, manufacturing, assembly and alignment, and testing. We welcome applications from mechanical engineers with any level of experience who want to work in an academic environment on a variety of projects and who are excited about the engineering challenges of research instrumentation.

Initial Review Date: 11/3/2021

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Mechanical Engineer

This position is being filled at either the Mechanical Engineer or Senior Mechanical Engineer level. Applicants are encouraged to apply to both job postings. See job numbers 25285 and 25286. To apply for the Senior Mechanical Engineer, visit this link.

The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a Multi-Campus Research Unit of the University of California, with headquarters at the UC Santa Cruz campus. UCO operates on behalf of astronomers on eight UC campuses and two national laboratories and is comprised of extensive technical facilities, a business office, and telescope and support facilities at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton. UCO provides UC’s scientific, technical, and administrative interface to the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the Thirty Meter Telescope international project. It also supports training of astronomy Ph.D.’s and post-docs throughout the UC system, and in TMT’s partner nations.

The UCO engineering staff supports the design of new instruments, the upgrading of Lick Observatory and Keck Observatory instruments systems, as well as the continuous improvement and maintenance of Lick Observatory infrastructure.

The Keck partnership includes working in collaboration with our partners at Caltech and across UC to design new instrument concepts, design, develop, fabricate, and integrate and test new instruments and subsystems, and work with Keck to diagnose and repair existing instruments. Any new mechanical engineer can expect to work closely with Keck Observatory staff and our collaborators on all aspects of new and existing instrument development.

The Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton has several active telescopes that are operated and maintained by the UCO team. Upgrades to instruments and design changes for repair and improvements are an important aspect of the mechanical design effort at UCO. In addition to the observatory efforts, the UCO staff supports graduate students and postdocs in completing their required thesis work and enabling design work to be done as these new instrumentalists design and build their own sub-systems and instruments.

The University of California Observatories (UCO) Mechanical Engineer will work under general supervisor on research instrumentation, designing and building the next generation of ground-breaking instruments for astronomy on some of the world’s largest telescopes. The UCO mechanical engineering group works on a range of technical challenges on one of a kind projects: precision motion control, alignment of large, powerful optics, vacuum-cryogenic systems and more.  We are looking for mechanical Engineers who are enthusiastic about hands-on work and enjoy all phases of a project: concept design, FEA, manufacturing, assembly and alignment, and testing. We welcome applications from mechanical Engineers with any level of experience who want to work in an academic environment on a variety of projects and who are excited about the engineering challenges of research instrumentation.

Initial Review Date: 11/3/2021

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Lick Observatory Laser Spotter

THIS POSITION IS LOCATED AT LICK OBSERVATORY, MOUNT HAMILTON, CALIFORNIA

The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a multi-campus astronomical research unit, with headquarters at the UC Santa Cruz campus. UCO operates the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, and the technical labs at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA, including the Laboratory for Adaptive Optics at UCSC. UCO is also a managing partner of the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and the center for the UC participation in the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) project. The mission statement for UCO includes providing UC astronomers with continuing access to world class optical and infrared facilities, the design and construction of advanced instruments the for Lick and Keck telescopes and for new facilities such as the Thirty-Meter Telescope. UCO enables forefront research in astronomy and astrophysics and provides opportunities for graduate students to pursue careers in astrophysical research.

Under the supervision of the Lick Observatory Superintendent and in accordance with UC Observatories/Lick Observatory guidelines and procedures, the incumbent surveys the night sky for possible aircraft intrusion into laser-beam restricted zone. Incumbents are responsible for accuracy and completeness of work.

Initial Review Date: 9/2/2021

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UC Observatories Director

The next UCO Director will play a major role in shaping the future of the University’s investment in ground-based optical-infrared observatories and maintaining its global leadership in optical-infrared astronomy. Leading UCO, the Director will facilitate and advance groundbreaking work in astronomy and astrophysics. To this end, the University of California seeks a Director for UCO with a compelling vision and commitment to lead the organization in this transformative period.

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