Telescope Operations Analyst

WorkplacePasadena, California, USA
Telescope Operations Analyst Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world’s brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community. Job Summary Caltech Optical Observatories (COO) is seeking a Telescope Operations Analyst to monitor and facilitate the operation and data quality monitoring of robotic telescopes (specifically the Samuel Oschin Telescope and 60-inch telescope) at Palomar Observatory. The successful applicant will be based at the Caltech campus in Pasadena and monitor robotic telescope operations and resulting data remotely and in coordination with users in the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) Collaboration. Job Duties Responsibility for daily monitoring of ZTF Camera/Samuel Oschin Telescope and Spectral Energy Distribution Machine (SEDM)/60-inch telescope operations and performance, including the monitoring the start of nightly observations and the review of nightly summary reports and observation quality checks with special attention to efficiency and ease of data access. Maintain the automated telescope monitoring systems as well as the Application Program Interface (API) and website used to access same. Ensure the SEDM observation queue is managed fairly for all three SEDM partners: Caltech Astronomy, ZTF Partnership, and NSF allocations. The successful applicant will be responsible for ingestion of SEDM observation requests, proper allocation to approved programs, and distribution of data to appropriate parties. This aspect of the position will require interaction with the “Fritz” Data Marshal Development Team. Serve as the primary contact/coordinator with Palomar Observatory when issues arise and may need to respond promptly to notifications from monitoring systems during the night. Support COO staff in tracking telescope and instrument operational issues and managing data taken during engineering time. The hire will participate in various ZTF weekly meetings. Other additional duties as assigned. Basic Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy, Physics, Engineering, or related discipline, and 3 or more years of related experience. Demonstrated development skills in modern programming notations such as Python and Unix-like operating systems. Effective written and verbal communication skills to successfully interact in a scientific collaboration environment. Preferred Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy, Physics, Engineering, or related discipline plus five or more years of experience in a technical and/or academic setting. Demonstrated development skills in modern programming notations such as Python, website markup in HTML and JavaScript, relational database programming using Structured Query Language (SQL), and in Unix-like operating systems. Two or more years of astronomical observatory operations experience. Required Documents Resume Cover Letter
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