Arecibo Observatory Science Operations Associate

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Work type: OPS (Temporary)
Location: Arecibo
Categories: Research/Grants

Classification Title:

Arecibo Observatory Science Operations Associate

Job Description:

  • Responsible for facilitating activities that promote advancement of observatory science and technical operations, coordinating experimental campaigns and extend support to user’s-based instrumentation, experiments and observations. Identify problems that could hamper the scientific investigations and help the scientists in overcoming such issues that can be either of technical or administrative in nature.
  • Supports and performs customer or staff science observations in radioastronomy, engineering, space and atmospheric sciences and planetary sciences.
  • Performs data acquisition, including interactions with users and other observatory staff. 
  • Participates in activities involving regular maintenance of the on-site/off-site equipment to assist scientific projects.
  • Provide support to user’s-based instrumentation, experiments and observations.
  • Provide logistics support for equipment deployment and outreach activities.
  • Perform analysis and processing of data from facility or user-based equipment.
  • Responsible for the safety of the laboratory equipment and data.
  • Support upgrades, testing and commissioning tasks associated with new capabilities/equipment.
  • Generate report and metrics associated with equipment performance and data quality.
  • Coordinate with maintenance, engineering and scientific staff to plan and support scientific observations or campaigns.
  • Perform trouble shooting, documenting and working through faults in complex hardware and software systems.
  • Interface with Windows, Linux or Unix environment through both command-line interfaces and GUIs.
  • Contributes to general observatory service and support tasks aligned with the interests of the observatory.
  • Support improvement projects related to laboratory equipment and facilities.
  • Preparation of user manuals or standard operating procedures for scientific equipment or laboratory operations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

About Arecibo Observatory:

The Arecibo Observatory, located near the town of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, is a world-class observational facility allowing for cutting-edge space research and education. The observatory hosts one of the world’s largest and most powerful single-dish radio/radar telescopes, and gathers information about planets, moons, asteroids and comets.  The Arecibo Observatory is currently operated and managed by University of Central Florida in partnership with Sistema Ana G. Mendez Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) and Yang Enterprises, Inc under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). To learn more about the Arecibo Observatory, visit

UCF is seeking to hire two Arecibo Observatory Science Operations Associate.


Office of Research

Hours of work:

Schedule may vary based on observations and will be determined by supervisor. Nights, Weekends and Overnight shifts may be required.

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Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's or Master's degree and two years of experience. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Completion of advanced courses leading towards a master’s degree in a STEM field and/or one or experience with the acquisition, reduction and analysis of data using a telescope. Experience with developing and adapting to changes in complex procedures for repetitive tasks.
  • In addition, candidates should have the work ethic and drive to maximize the scientific output of the telescope.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.
  • If you are selected as the final candidate for an employment opportunity here at UCF, both your position and salary will be significantly based upon the information that you have provided in your application for employment. We urge you to please take the time to complete the application in its entirety.

Position is in Arecibo, Puerto Rico

UCF is seeking to hire two Arecibo Observatory Science Operations Associate.

Health Assessment Required:


Benefit Eligibility:

State Benefits eligibility for OPS employees are subject to criteria established by the State of Florida. The state’s benefits administrator, People First, determines eligibility and coordinates enrollment. If this position becomes eligible for state benefits the employee will be notified directly by People First.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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