Employment Opportunities


Project Engineer

Job Duties: The Project Engineer will lead the technical deployment and commissioning of the MRO Interferometer. This will involve providing leadership for the MROI technical team, planning and coordinating their activities, and managing the system engineering of the whole interferometer. The Project Engineer is also expected make a substantial engineering contribution to one or more of the optical, mechanical, electrical or software teams. The Project Engineer with work with the MRO Interferometer team including the Principal Investigator, Project Scientist, System Architects, Engineering staff and Software staff to deploy and commission the MRO Interferometer array. For full information on this position and how to apply, follow this link.

Project Coordinator

Job Duties: The Project Coordinator supports the MRO Interferometer Project and Langmuir Laboratories, which are both facilities located at the South Baldy Research Facility in the Magdalena Mountains. It is an administrative position that assists in all the budgeting, technical contracting, purchases (general expenses as well as capital expenses), facility maintenance orders, hiring/personnel paperwork, financial and activities reports to stakeholders and the Forest Service, and arranging for conferences and special meetings with users of the facilities on campus or at the facilities, and assisting in coordination between the two projects. This position is split 60% MROI and 40% Langmuir and will have offices at both locations. For full information on this position and how to apply, follow this link.

Senior Postdoctoral Scholar – Instrumentation

Job Duties: The successful candidate will lead the development, installation, alignment and commissioning of a subset of the opto-mechanical subsystems of the MROI. Depending on the candidate’s interests and skills, these would be some combination of the beam combiners, alignment systems, beam relay optical components, or back-end detector systems. They will also participate in the overall commissioning of the MRO Interferometer to realize first fringes and first science observations. Their activities will include (but are not limited to): procuring, assembling and aligning opto-mechanical hardware, interfacing hardware to software, testing subsystem performance, debugging opto-mechanical subsystems, and participating in the formal performance validation of the MRO Interferometer and relizing first fringes and first science with array on sky. For full information on this position and how to apply, follow this link.

Employer Description:

The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI) seeks to be one of the most powerful optical telescopes on earth: possibly, in terms of angular resolution, the most powerful telescope.

The Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO) is located at an altitude of 10,600 ft in the Magdalena Mountains in Socorro County, south central New Mexico, and is a department of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT), with offices located on the NMT campus in Socorro, NM.

The Observatory consists of two major facilities, a 2.4-meter fast-tracking telescope, which has been in operation since 2008, and an Optical Interferometer which, with partners from the University of Cambridge, UK, has been in development for 15 years and which will consist of ten 1.4-meter optical/infrared telescopes in a Y configuration array. The MROI will be able to image targets up to 100 times fainter than any existing interferometer and will have up to 100 times more angular resolution than the Hubble Space Telescope.

Equal Employment Opportunity: NMT is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. NMT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

NMT Benefits include: Excellent benefits (health, vision, dental), tuition fee waiver, and a generous retirement plan.

Regional Attractions: NMT is located in Socorro, in the scenic Rio Grande River Valley, a few hours south on I‐25 of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Nearby mountains and desert canyons provide for excellent hiking, climbing, and mountain biking opportunities. The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, located south of Socorro, is along the major north‐south flyway and offers some of the best birding in the USA.

Apply to: New Mexico Tech, Human Resources 801 Leroy Pl. Brown Hall Box 166, Socorro, NM 87801-4796, by fax 575-835-5337, or by email.