The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Project Office seeks a senior astronomer with demonstrated leadership in scientific research and the management of large scientific construction projects for the position of Deputy Director of LSST.
LSST is a large aperture, wide-field, ground-based facility designed to survey the entire southern sky down to faint magnitudes in six optical colors every few nights. As such it will enable a broad array of diverse scientific investigations ranging from studies of moving objects in the solar system to constraining the structure and evolution of the universe as a whole. Formal construction of this world-leading survey facility is planned to begin in the summer of 2014 as a joint project of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, resulting in the onset of operations in late 2022.
The Deputy Director reports to the Director, and will work with him and the Project Manager to oversee the construction project, and ensure that it proceeds as planned (within budgetary and schedule constraints) to meet the scientific objectives envisioned for the LSST and help represent the Project to its relevant stakeholders and serves in place of the Director when the latter is unavailable. The Deputy Director will be based in Tucson, Arizona, and employed by the Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), with a joint appointment in a relevant academic department at the University of Arizona. The Deputy Director is also expected to lead a forefront research program in the field of survey astronomy relevant to LSST science.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All complete applications received by April 15, 2014 will be given full consideration.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in astronomy or related field; a distinguished record of published scientific research in survey astronomy (preferably on non-cosmological topics); coupled with extensive relevant management experience including the ability to provide scientific leadership to peers and junior colleagues and experience in the management of large scientific construction projects; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
AURA/LSST is an affirmative action & equal opportunity employer. AURA actively supports efforts to broaden participation in all Observatory activities. Women and candidates from under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.
Preference granted to qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O'odham reservation.
Additional Salary Information: LSST provides an excellent compensation package including health and retirement benefits as well as paid time off.