Assistant Director for Research Support

Job Summary

Science Management
University of Texas, Austin
McDonald Observatory
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The University of Texas at Austin (UT), McDonald Observatory, a major astronomical research observatory, seeks highly qualified and strongly motivated applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Research Support of the McDonald Observatory. The Observatory consists of three optical telescopes (2.7m, 2.1m, and 0.8m) and several tenant telescopes. The Observatory also hosts and operates the 10m Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET). These telescopes feature a wide range of state-of-the-art instrumentation for imaging and spectroscopy in the optical and infrared. The qualified applicant will lead the interface with the members of the UT Astronomy Program and others in the application for, evaluation of, and implementation of proposals for observing time at McDonald Observatory, including HET and Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCO).

This successful applicant will be a strong advocate for the scientific use of the McDonald Observatory, lead the McDonald Observatory Time Allocation Committee (TAC), schedule the classical observing time on the telescopes, report to the Director, and is a senior management team member to Director. This position will have time to direct an independent research project, and become an active user of the McDonald Observatory telescopes.

This position is at the University of Texas at Austin campus. It will require occasional travel to the McDonald Observatory, located 16 miles from Fort Davis, Texas (440 miles from the UT Austin campus).

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in astronomy or closely related field. Five years of experience in observatory operations and/or astronomical research environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Extensive experience in supporting research programs in an optical/IR observatory environment.

Required Materials

  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research and Observatory Service Interests
  • Resume/CV
  • Three work references with contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

Applicants must apply online through The University of Texas at Austin using this link: Assistant Director for Research Support.

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

UT has an excellent benefits program ( UT is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and position is security-sensitive; background check is conducted.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Aug 15
Application Deadline
2023 Oct 11


Taft Armandroff, Director