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IRAM 30-meter Station Manager

2016-10-00 | Ref: VN2016-09
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IRAM seeks an experienced observational astronomer as station manager for the IRAM 30-meter telescope (Pico Veleta and Granada, Spain). IRAM is a tri-national partnership, funded by the CNRS (France), MPG (Germany) and IGN (Spain), and a leader in millimeter wave astronomy. It operates two world class observatories, the 30m telescope and NOEMA, and pursues very ambitious instrumental development programs for both of these observatories.

The IRAM 30m millimeter radio telescope is a world leading facility in the frequency range from 70 to 370 GHz. With its unique instruments EMIR, HERA and NIKA 2 it is a very important player in the field and produces hundreds of scientific publication per year. NIKA 2 has very recently being installed and its scientific exploitation will start very soon. The 30m telescope is also a crucial facility to generate complementary short-spacing and wide-field data for NOEMA.

The primary duties of the station manager include:

  • Oversee and organize the operation of the observatory, including the responsibility for the local scientific, technical and administrative staff (~30 persons) but excluding the telescope scheduling.
  • Organize maintenance and local support for technical upgrades in collaboration with the IRAM headquarters in Grenoble.
  • Evaluate annual budget needs for the operation of the observatory, including capital investments.
  • Stimulate, trigger and guide local hardware and software developments, and scientific research, including the organization of the IRAM 30m telescope summer schools.
  • Stimulate and support the development of next generation instruments.
  • Support work and meetings of the IRAM Science Advisory Committee and IRAM Program Committee.

The 30-m station manager directly reports to the IRAM direction.
The successful candidate should have a solid scientific track record and at least one leading experience in scientific or technical project management. Very good social skills, including the ability to communicate and work in an international working environment, are mandatory. A background in radio-or mm/submm astronomy is an asset.
A very good level of English is required, Spanish and/or French knowledge is considered a plus. If requested a Spanish language training will be provided.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue independent research projects using the IRAM facilities. The supervision of PhD theses with the local or other universities will be supported by IRAM.

The position is for a 3 years initial term with possible extension. IRAM offers a competitive salary and social security packages.

The position is open as of 1st of January 2017. Applications are to be submitted to Mrs. Lauriane Simon, Personal Department ( and will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter indicating motivation and qualifications, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a
short research statement, and the names of at least two professional references. Questions should be directed to the IRAM deputy director (

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