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Open position at FGG

TNG: Open Position as telescope operator (50% part time)


The Fundacion Galileo Galilei (FGG), a research structure operating the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) on behalf of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), is starting the informal, non binding procedure for the recruitment of a telescope operator at partial time (50%), with duty location in Breña Baja and the Observatory of Roque de Los Muchachos, Island of La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain.

With this notice, people with adequate knowledge and qualification are invited to send their expression of interest for the position, along with CV encompassing past experience.

The duties of telescope operator concern the night operation at the TNG telescope, telescope control system and instrumentation control system. Time for personal research or telescope related interests will be allowed, in accordance with the Head of Operators.

Among necessary characteristics are the knowledge of the use of computer aided control system and knowledge of English language and at least another language between Italian and Spanish.

The contract will be signed with FGG. The annual gross salary will be 18000 € and is subject to income and social security taxes. Medical insurance under the Spanish National Health Service is provided for the candidate, including coverage for spouse and children. This position is intended for 2 years, subject to a 6 months probatory period. After 2 years the position can be modified in permanent if both parties agree. This 50% time contract foresees night duties up to 46 nights per year on average, excluding first month training.

Expression of interest, along with curriculum vitae stating the required characteristics shall be sent before 31 July 2014 by e-mail to:director@tng.iac.es with subject “TNG Telescope Operator”. The review of applications will then start and short-listed candidates will be called for interview in September 2014. Successful candidate should be available for work by 1st October 2014, and during the month of October additional working nights will be required for training, provided by TNG staff.