The LBT Director

The Director's Duties

The LBT Director is appointed by the LBTC Board of Directors and has authority and responsibility to implement the objectives set by the Board.

The Director is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Observatory; prepares and implements the annual program plan and budget; and assigns observing time in accordance with the Partners’ shares, the approved program plan and other guidelines as established by the Board.

The Director is charged with all tasks necessary to perform the duties specified above, including the hiring, retention and release of staff, consultants, or advisors, and the expenditure of Corporation funds in the ordinary course of business subject to Financial Rules.

The LBT Director will report to the LBTC Board of Directors and the Dean of the UA College of Science and will be formally employed through the University of Arizona.


Priorities for the new Director

The LBTC Board of Directors has identified the institutional priorities that the new LBT Director is expected to pursue, which are:

  • to bring the AO infrastructure and instruments up to their designed and stable performance levels;

  • to streamline daily operations without affecting the scientific efficiency of the Observatory, potentially leading to savings in operation costs;

  • To further increase the observational efficiency and flexibility by completing the development of remote and queue observing tools;

  • to complete the implementation of best practices in project management and a culture of accountability within the Observatory;

  • to be proactive in defining the scientific opportunities for LBT, planning for future instrumentation, and further increase the scientific productivity of the Observatory;

  • to promote, within the Observatory, a diverse and inclusive environment and a sense of belonging.


Candidate Qualification

The ideal candidate has:

  • A PhD in astronomy or equivalent degree in a closely related field;

  • A passion about reaching challenging scientific and technical goals;

  • Demonstrated track record in leading complex scientific projects to success;

  • Demonstrated skills in critical analysis, problem solving, and conflict resolution;

  • Ability to manage multiple, potentially conflicting priorities;

  • Demonstrated ability to build diverse, high-performing teams.


Experience in strategic planning, budgetary planning, and financial management, as well as specific experience in the field of AO and astronomical instrumentation, are considered strong assets.