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Electronics Engineer at Green Bank Observatory

The Green Bank Observatory is looking for an Electronic Engineer to support Scientists who, among other tasks, track spacecraft landing on Mars, observe near-earth objects such as asteroids and meteors, and search for extraterrestrial life with the Breakthrough Listen SETI project.

The Green Bank Observatory is a National Science Foundation Observatory located in Green Bank, WV. Green Bank Observatory enables leading edge research by offering telescope, facility, and advanced instrumentation access to the radio astronomy and basic research communities. With radio astronomy as its foundation, the Green Bank Observatory is a world leader in advancing research, innovation, and education. American radio astronomy trailblazers called Green Bank Observatory home over 60 years ago. Today their legacy is alive and well. Nestled in the mountain ranges and farmland of West Virginia, within the National Quiet Zone, radio astronomers are listening to the remote whispers of the universe to discover answers to humanity’s most astounding astronomical questions. 

Specifically, the Green Bank Observatory: provides state-of-the-art telescopes, instrumentation, and expertise; trains the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technicians; promotes science, technology, and engineering to foster a more scientifically literate society; and provides the tools and facilities to advance science and technology nationally and internationally.

The Green Bank Observatory is looking for an Electronic Engineer to support Scientists who:

  • Track spacecraft landing on Mars
  • Observe near-earth objects such as asteroids and meteors
  • Search for extraterrestrial life with the Breakthrough Listen SETI project
  • Search for Fast Radio Bursts
  • Detect pulsars and research gravitational waves
  • Maintain the electronics and instrumentation on Green Bank’s radio telescopes

As an Electronics Engineer at the Green Bank Observatory a typical day might include the following:

  • Designing and testing various digital systems for use in radio astronomy, including radio telescope servo systems, the GBT’s active surface system and instrumentation systems
  • Helping team members service instrumentation on the GBT by troubleshooting and repairing electrical and electronic equipment in the field. The candidate must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.  Routine duties are performed at heights, requiring a safety harness, along with work on an aerial work platform
  • Helping observers create a new technology to support wavelength exploration
  • Attending science and technology educational opportunities (e.g. talks, conferences, webinars) 
  • Working and collaborating with education and public outreach initiatives such as math field day, robotics teams, and coding camps


  • You have a desire to challenge yourself in the fields of science, engineering, software development, and education
  • You enjoy working in a team environment
  • You enjoy a research environment consisting of desk and lab work
  • You are able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • You want to collaborate on projects in your community. 
  • You want to be involved with cutting-edge research, innovation, and education to move the radio astronomy field forward
  • You want to work in an academic setting within a rural community with access to outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing and skiing
  • You want to live in a community 30 minutes away from Snowshoe Mountain Resort and minutes away from beautiful Monongahela National Forest and Allegheny Trail


Support the Electronics that power the Green Bank Telescope and other telescopes on the property by:

  • Performing engineering and maintenance tasks related to the servo systems of radio telescopes
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, modify and repair existing digital systems.
  • Provide technical details, analysis, and costing information for NSF new instrumentation grant proposals.
  • Provide leadership to technicians, cooperative education students, and/or summer students. 
  • Proactive compliance with Observatory and government safety policies and procedures in own work area is expected.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

*The selected candidate must successfully pass a post-offer, pre-employment/pre-placement drug screen.  Failure to pass the screen will disqualify the candidate from employment consideration for a period of six months from the date of the results.


  • Testing with digital oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, and signal generators.
  • Ability to read and interpret schematic diagrams, block diagrams, and mechanical drawings.
  • Hands-on skills and the ability to work comfortably at heights, in exposed locations.
  • Practical troubleshooting skills, from component level to system level.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software products or equivalent

Location: National Science Foundation facility in Green Bank, West Virginia. Temporary housing is available at a student rate.

Salary Range: The compensation for this position is $35,000. In addition, the Green Bank Observatory provides great benefits including: paid time off, sick time, medical, dental and vision benefits. 

Green Bank Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation and is operated by Associated Universities, Inc. 

Equal Opportunity Employer

Associated Universities, Inc. 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 reaching out at to be connected with Green Bank Observatory’s hiring team.