Technicians (4600)

Engineers, Technical Specialists and Technicians Charlottesville, Virginia


Position Description:


Positon Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is seeking full-time technicians (NRAO’s classification: Technical Specialists) at the Central Development Laboratory (CDL) in Charlottesville, VA to work in the Millimeter/Submillimeter receiver group.


This group designs and builds cryogenic receivers for radio telescopes and is currently designing a new receiver for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), which will use ~70 such receivers.


Some positions require assembling components under a microscope and using a wire bonder to build components. Experience testing electronic devices is desirable.


Other positions require testing microwave components and receivers with knowledge of analog/digital circuits required to debug systems.


Applicants must be methodical, motivated team players who are comfortable in a diverse research environment. Good writing and communication skills are required to keep records and document the work. All applicants must be comfortable using MS Word and Excel to manage and graph measurement results.


In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective the 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; and we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Work Environment

The work is primarily in a laboratory environment and the candidate must be able to sit or stand at a bench for sustained periods. Visual acuity and manual dexterity are required, and some (but not all) positions require lifting and carrying 50 pounds.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Some positions require an Associate’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Minimum Experience

Minimum of 5 years of experience in a related field.


Additional Requirements

The Observatory requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access our facilities. An offer of employment will be considered contingent until the selected applicant provides proof of vaccination. A selected applicant may request consideration for an accommodation for a disability or for a sincerely held religious belief.


Application Instructions:


Select the Apply button below. You will need to be prepared to upload your current resume and a cover letter describing interest and suitability for the position.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI is an equal opportunity employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view our complete statement, please visit If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to [email protected].



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