Employment Opportunities

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 for 8 years, and an 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.


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Starting Rate or Salary Range: Negotiable

Job Description:

MROI is currently seeking to fill a Project Software Scientist position. This position joins that of the Project Scientist and the Project Engineer as a member of the core group guiding the scientific and engineering development of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI).

This position will:

  • Set and maintain long term goals for the project software
    and develop the path to those goals.
  • Organize and administer the software team.
  • Implement and manage the workflow pipeline, keeping up to date with, and ensuring, best practices.

It is expected that the Project Software Scientist will represent the MROI software project to, and liaise with, the software and scientific profession at large.

Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; area of study, Computer Science.
  • Computer Systems required.
  • Knowledge of Real time programming desired.
  • Knowledge of Distributed systems required.
  • Software QA processes required.
  • Experience in management of software development and operations for an interferometer (preferably optical) or large scale telescope/observatory is required.

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.


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Starting Rate or Salary Range: $42,640 – $53,248

Job Description:

In general, the major role of the Opto-Mechanical Engineer is to support the project as a whole, but mainly the mechanical engineering group. This includes mechanical design and drafting, documentation, small procurement and prompt interaction with vendors, installation of hardware in the laboratory and on the Magdalena Ridge, mechanical hardware alignment, testing of equipment and operations.

Specifically the position will include:

  • Mechanical design and development using SolidWords
  • Production of fabrication drawings using SolidWorks
  • Procurement and interactions with vendors and machine shops
Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; area of study, Mechanical Engineering.
  • SolidWorks modeling required.
  • Matlab coding desired.
  • Experience designing mechanical components required.
  • Must be able to obtain a New Mexico Driver’s License and a Defensive Driving Certificate for NMT vehicles.


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.