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Electronics Engineer

The Carnegie Observatories, a department of the Carnegie Institution for Science and a non-profit, world- class astronomical institution with offices located in Pasadena, California, is seeking an individual to work as an electronics engineer working on the twin 6.5m Magellan telescopes. The Observatories operate the telescopes on behalf of a consortium of universities, as well as a suite of telescopes, 2.5 meter and smaller. Its telescopes are located in the Andes Mountains in Chile. The Las Campanas Observatory is located 160 km north of La Serena, Chile. The site is one of the finest on the planet in terms of natural seeing, enabling the Magellan telescopes to regularly achieve 0.5 arcsec FWHM image quality or better.


Job Description:

The Electronics Engineer will work in a team of scientists, engineers and technicians primarily to maintain and support operation of the two 6.5 meter Magellan Telescopes. The main duties are to troubleshoot, resolve and document issues with telescope and instrument electronic systems, to support general operations such as instrument changes, and to be on call for emergencies. In addition the candidate will be responsible for engineering upgrades to the various telescope and support control systems.

The work responsibilities correspond to a nominal shift of 8 days at the Observatory and 6 days off. The position is based in La Serena, Chile. Occasional domestic and international travel may be required.


  • A degree in electronics engineering 
  • Engineering experience working with large ground- or space-based optics may be substituted for some degree requirements. 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish 
  • Ability to work at 8,000 feet. 

Application Process:

Carnegie is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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Only electronic applications submitted through our website will be considered. Thank you for submitting your application by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by July 31, 2017, when application review will begin. However, the position will remain open until filled. Only select candidates who meet our requirements will be contacted.


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