Data Analyst I (4342)

Observatory Service and Science Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

NRAO has begun observing the VLA Sky Survey (VLASS) – a multi-year, all-sky, radio survey using the Very Large Array, located in New Mexico. In preparation for the survey, NRAO seeks a Scientific Data Analyst to provide both data quality assurance for the survey, and user and operations support.


In general, the Scientific Data Analyst will assist Observatory users by undertaking routine data reduction and imaging; assessing the quality of data products; and providing informative summaries and scripts. In addition, the Scientific Data Analyst will respond to, refer, and follow up on routine data analyst requests submitted through the helpdesk.  This is a non-exempt classification subject to FLSA overtime regulations.  Nominal work hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00 with a standard one-hour lunch period.


The position is based at the Science Operations Center in Socorro, NM on the campus of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology ( Socorro is a small, historical town in the Rio Grande Valley, 75 miles south of Albuquerque. In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Job Duties Summary

  • Assist Observatory users with data reduction and imaging; assess the quality of data products for users and for VLASS; provide informative summaries and scripts.
  • Respond to, refer, and follow up on queries submitted through the helpdesk.
  • Assist visiting scientists in data reduction, data analysis, and archive access, through one-on-one support (helpdesk and face-to-face visits) and group training activities (schools and tutorials).
  • Participate in scientific testing of software and procedures for user support and/or telescope operations.     
  • Pro-active compliance with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures in own work area is expected. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


Work Environment

Work is typically performed in an office environment.  The successful candidate will be required to sit for long periods and operate a personal computer.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

A Bachelor's Degree in Astronomy, Physics or related field is required.


Minimum Experience

No prior experience is required


Preferred Experience

Some experience working with radio astronomical data products and/or operating radio telescopes is preferred.


Computer Skills

Able to use computers with Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux and Solaris operating systems. Experience with data reduction software and experience with Python is preferred.


Competency Summary

Required competencies: strong communication skills (written and verbal); ability to remain calm while supporting demanding clients; analytical thinker; able to learn new systems quickly.


Application Instructions:


Select the “Apply” button below.  Please be prepared to upload a resume and a letter of interest.



The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.