Observatory Manager

Canberra, Australia
07 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
27 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Senior Manager 1 (Technical)
Salary package: $111,621 - $117,039 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Work Type: Full-time, Continuing (Contingent Funding, 3 years of initial funding)

  • Excellent employer superannuation contributions
  • Generous leave entitlements
  • Located at Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) near Coonabarabran, NSW

Position overview

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University (ANU) invites applications from outstanding individuals for the position of Observatory Manager at Siding Spring Observatory (SSO).

Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) is Australia’s largest optical astronomical observatory and is located in the Warrumbungle mountains of northern New South Wales. It is home to Australia’s largest optical telescope, the 3.9-metre Anglo-Australian Telescope, the ANU 2.3-metre Advanced Technology Telescope, the ANU SkyMapper 1.3-metre telescope, and several other telescopes from national and international organisations.

The Observatory Manager reports to the SSO Director and leads a diverse team of 20 technicians and specialists. The Observatory Manager is responsible for the operational and technical management of the ANU-operated facilities at SSO and for coordination with ANU Facilities & Services on the site infrastructure.

Postgraduate management or technical qualifications with demonstrated high-level management experience at an astronomical observatory is a requirement.

The position is full-time, with a nominal end date of 30 June 2022. An extension beyond this date is contingent on funding beyond this date.

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For more information about this position please contact Associate Professor Christopher Lidman, E: Christopher.Lidman@anu.edu.au or T: 02 6125 0238.

Closing Date: 27 August 2019

Position Description: Observatory Manager_SM1_PD.pdf

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Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing each of the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) that includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

Applications that do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

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