Transients Team Administrative Assistant, Astronomy and Astrophysics Physical & Biological Sciences 
JOB #: 1909134
Part time (anything less than 40 hrs/wk); Career  Starting Salary: $23.22/hourly Initial Review Date: 10-30-2019
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UCSC is one of the world's leading centers for both observational and theoretical research in astronomy and astrophysics. The Astronomy Department includes 18 faculty members, whose research interests range from our solar system and the Milky Way to the most distant galaxies in the Universe and the most fundamental questions of cosmology. Senior faculty members in the department have received the highest honors in their field and nine of UCSC's 18 faculty elected to the National Academy of Science have been affiliated with the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. In addition, we typically have 20 postdoctoral researchers in residence, a steady stream of visiting scientists, and a dedicated and skilled technical staff. UCSC is also a leader in astrophysics education, and we attract some the best graduate students in the country, enrolling approximately 50 students working towards the Ph.D. degree. Our students continually receive high-profile awards from the National Science Foundation, the Kavli Foundation, and the Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship program.
Under the direction of Prof. Ryan Foley, the incumbent is responsible for administrative support to the UCSC Transients Team. The Transients Team (https://ziggy.ucolick.org/), led by Prof. Foley, uses dozens of different telescopes to observe exploding stars and gravitational wave sources. We combine the data from these telescopes with other sources to understand these astrophysical phenomena. We are primarily focused on finding out how stars die, what is the nature of dark energy, and detecting electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave sources. The Transients Team includes five postdoctoral researchers, four graduate students, and eleven undergraduate students.
The Administrative Assistant is the primary liaison between the team and the administrative processes of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and campus, as well as the point of contact for outside entities. These duties require staying up to date with ever-changing campus policies, procedures and systems related to all aspects of working at UCSC.
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