The 10-meter South Pole Telescope (SPT) Winter-over will be a member of a two-person crew located at the NSF Amundsen-Scott South Pole research station in Antarctica. The crew will be responsible for the hands-on maintenance and operation of the SPT. The crew will participate in the preliminary analysis of the astronomical data and is an integral part of the SPT collaboration. A continuous stay at the South Pole, lasting approximately eleven months, is required. The position begins in January 2019 and ends in November 2019.
Assemble and set-up scientific equipment
Check scientific instrumentation
Maintain cryogenic refrigeration systems in good working order
Test and integrate electrical and mechanical assemblies, including the power, computer and electronic components
Climb, operate machines, operate power tools, and report on the status of telescope and observations to SPT collaboration through weekly teleconferences
Other field work for instrument deployment and maintenance
Must have the ability to work independently and as well as within a team environment
Ability to plan; pay attention to details
Analytic and quantitative skills; reading, self-motivation, problem solving, math and reasoning skills
Must have oral and written communications skills
Ability to manage time pressures
Competence with computer systems and electronic instruments is required
Education and Experience:
An undergraduate degree in Physics or Engineering with a strong research component is required, or at least one year of remote-field work experience on telescopes, mechanical systems (including servo systems and cryogenic systems), radio, analog and digital electronics
Experience working at a harsh, remote site is strongly preferred
Experience working in a self-motivated manner within a large collaboration and the demonstrated ability to think in a structured, logical manner while under pressure is desired
Working Conditions and Physical Requirement:
Due to the job site, the South Pole, good physical health is required
Will be working in a cold and harsh environment
Climbing, bending, reaching lifting and operating machines and power tools are required
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