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Job Summary Caltech's Palomar Observatory seeks to fill an Electronics Technician position. The position will work under the direct supervision of the observatory Electronics Group supervisor. The position will work alone or with other members of the observatory crew to setup, test, and when necessary, troubleshoot and repair electronic systems. Duties include, but are not limited to, instrument installs, setups, and removals. The successful candidate will work with other group members to arrange and organize daily/weekly/monthly activities and will be expected to communicate effectively with the observatory's management, staff, and scientific customer base. The work schedule is flexible and may include weekend/holiday work.
The position is full-time, benefit based, and located at Palomar Observatory in north San Diego County.
Job Duties - Install, setup, and verify instruments on telescopes. Ensure instruments are installed correctly and in a timely manner for hand-off to night support staff. - Perform engineering tasks at the direction of the Electrical Engineers and/or Observatory Electrician. - Given input from the existing telescope schedules, customers, and management, help plan, document, monitor and report status of activities and projects, including instrument setups and tasks. - Perform cryogenic maintenance, such as cryogen transfer and vacuum insulation maintenance, using turbo pumps on scientific instrumentation. Ensure dewar fills and outgassing rates are logged daily and retained in online format for trend analysis. - Fabricate and repair both copper-based and fiber optic cables. - Review and update electronic technician procedure, inventory, and logging documents. - Participate in the troubleshooting of all observatory electronic systems, as well as basic computer, network, and systems installations. - Help ensure electronic technician lab, storage areas, and observing floors are clean and orderly. - Other duties as assigned.
Basic Qualifications - Working knowledge of analog and digital electronics and electrical systems. - Basic computer skills including hardware maintenance. - Understands how to read schematic diagrams. - Skilled in electronic construction techniques for cabling, wiring, and replacement of components. - Skilled in the safe and efficient use of hand and power tools such as drill press, saws and hole punches. - Can demonstrate ability to use electronic test instrumentation such as oscilloscopes, DVM, and logic analyzers. - Able to safely work at a site elevation of 6,000 ft. and in confined spaces. - Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid California driver's license at the time of employment and maintain it throughout the course employment.
Preferred Qualifications - Skilled in the use of vacuum systems and safe cryogenic procedures. - Copper, fiber, and wireless network setup and maintenance experience. - Computer literate and knows how to use schematic capture software. - Observatory electronics experience. - Experience with scientific electronic systems.
Required Documents - Resume or CV - Cover Letter - One Letter of Recommendation
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