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Lick Observatory Building Maintenance Worker

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

Under supervision of the Facilities Supervisor, incumbent performs various unskilled and semi-skilled building maintenance tasks within the visitor services and maintenance buildings, telescope domes and residential units at Lick Observatory. Additional areas of work include grounds, remotely located pump houses, facilities, and Hazardous waste operations.

Initial Review Date: 7/25/2022

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Test Engineer

THIS POSITION IS LOCATED AT THE UC SANTA CRUZ CAMPUS

The UC Observatories Test Engineer uses software, mechanical and cryogenic concepts to engineering assignments of limited scope. The Test Engineer works to support testing of both subsystem level and integration level hardware during prototyping, and final verification steps.  Under supervision, the incumbent works to advance skills in specialized cryogenics and vacuum technology on major research efforts and works on assignments where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors.

Initial Review Date: 6/27/2022

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Software Engineer

THIS POSITION IS LOCATED AT THE UC SANTA CRUZ CAMPUS

The UC Observatories (UCO) Software Engineer works under general supervision from the UCO software group to aid in designing and building the next generation of ground-breaking instruments for astronomy on some of the world’s largest telescopes. Our software engineering group works on a range of technical challenges on one of a kind projects: adaptive optics, precision motion control, alignment of large, powerful optics, vacuum-cryogenic systems and more. UC Observatories Software Engineers enthusiastically face the challenges of research implementation through hands-on work on design, implementation, and maintenance of software systems at UCO.

Initial Review Date: 6/30/2022

Note: This position is being filled at either the Software Engineer or Senior Software Engineer level. Applicants are encouraged to apply to both job postings.

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Senior Software Engineer

THIS POSITION IS LOCATED AT THE UC SANTA CRUZ CAMPUS

The University of California Observatories (UCO) Senior Software Engineer works on research instrumentation, designing and building the next generation of ground-breaking instruments for astronomy on some of the world’s largest telescopes.  Our software engineering group works on a range of technical challenges on one of a kind projects: adaptive optics, precision motion control, alignment of large, powerful optics, vacuum-cryogenic systems and more. UC Observatories Senior Software Engineers enthusiastically face the challenges of research implementation through hands-on work on all phases of a project: requirements development, concept design, code development, implementation, testing, and troubleshooting.

Initial Review Date: 6/30/2022

Note: This position is being filled at either the Software Engineer or Senior Software Engineer level. Applicants are encouraged to apply to both job postings.

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Lick Observatory Laser/Telescope Technician

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

Under general direction of the Lick Observatory Superintendent, the incumbent performs duties in support of astronomical research at the Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton. The incumbent independently plans and executes a safe and efficient night program at the Shane Telescope to assist astronomers and/or researchers in accomplishing their goals.  The incumbent independently operates the laser systems and all technical aspects of scientific observations, including electronic, electrical and mechanical problem solving. The incumbent also functions as an electronics technician performing assembly, installation, troubleshooting and repair of complex electronic instrumentation and equipment.  Independently operates the 120-inch Shane Telescope and all technical aspects of scientific observations. Trains new personnel.

Initial Review Date: 6/27/2022

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Lick Observatory Public Programs Assistant

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

Under supervision of the Visitor Services Supervisor, the incumbent(s) will work individually or as part of a group to support the public programs at Lick Observatory, located 23 miles east of San Jose at 4,200 feet elevation. Programs include the annual Music of the Spheres summer concert series comprising a musical performance, scientific talk and public viewing through the 36″ and 40” telescopes, Evening with the Stars series (science lectures and viewing through the telescopes), Public Evening Tours, Photography Nights, and other events throughout the year. The incumbent(s) will be responsible for greeting the public at Lick Observatory events, directing traffic and parking, as well as set-up and tear-down of equipment before and after events.

The selected candidates should be available to work the following Friday/Saturday evenings: 2022 – June 3, 4, 24, 25, July 8, 9, 22, 23, Aug 5, 6, 19, 20. There is some flexibility with this schedule if discussed in advance.

The selected candidates must be able to attend a training session the morning of Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Initial Review Date: 4/11/2022

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Lick Observatory Guide/Gift Shop Clerk

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

Under supervision of the Visitor Services Supervisor, the incumbent performs guided tours and gift shop attendant duties at the Mount Hamilton Observing Station Visitors Center, located about 20 miles southeast of San Jose at 4,200 feet elevation. The Visitors Center is open to the public year-round and receives approximately 30,000 visitors per year.

Initial Review Date: 11/22/2021

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