Career Opportunities

NRAOThe National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) strongly believes that a diverse staff is critical for our mission to enable world-class science with cutting edge radio facilities for the scientific community, to train the next generation of scientists and engineers and to foster a scientific literate society.   We are committed to a diverse and inclusive work place culture that accepts and appreciates all individuals regardless of race, gender, gender identity/expression, age, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, or national origin and culture.

The NRAO is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.  The Observatory will monitor and review the application/recruitment process to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or any other characteristic protected by law.  There will be no discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of mental or physical disability.  Further, the Observatory will take affirmative action to employ, advance in employment, and otherwise treat qualified handicapped individuals, qualified disabled veterans, and veterans of the Vietnam Era without discrimination based on their disability or veteran’s status in all employment practices.  The Observatory will select the best qualified candidate to perform the duties of an available position and will give first consideration to present employees whenever practical.

 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  This option is reserved for individuals who require accommodation due to a disability. Information received will be routed to an HR representative who will provide assistance to ensure appropriate consideration in the application or hiring process.

IMPORTANT:  An online employment application (select "Apply Online" at the end of a job posting notice) is required for any position of interest. Resumes received by email will not be considered.  If you established an applicant profile prior to April 30, 2014, you will need to establish a new one;  our current applicant portal was launched on May 1, 2014.  It is important that all materials (CV/resume, cover letter, etc...) be ready and available for upload at the time of application/submission.  Once the application process has begun, materials must be submitted.  If you begin the process but are unable to finish, you will not have the ability to return to your "stop point."  If the position of interest requires reference letters, specific instructions for submission of reference materials will be provided in the position's "Application Instructions" section.

If you have questions about the application process, you may send an email to  For process questions, please include the name of the position being applied for with your question.  In the subject field, please reference “APPLICATION PROCESS INQUIRY.”

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Job Number  Job Title  City  Region/State/Province  Country  Application Deadline 
HRIS Systems Administrator IV (re-posted for revised requirements)
Charlottesville Virginia United States
Servo Technial Specialist (I or II)
Socorro (VLA) New Mexico United States
VLBA Specialist I or II
Fort Davis Texas United States
VLBA Specialist I or II
Pie Town New Mexico United States
Front End Technical Specialist I or II
Socorro New Mexico United States
Project Manager-NRAO Chile
Santiago Other Chile 03/19/2017
Software Engineer – Open Rank (II-IV)
Socorro New Mexico United States
Systems Administrator (II-IV Open Rank) - Redefined and Re-posted
Socorro New Mexico United States
STEAM Education Program Development Officer
Charlottesville Virginia United States
ALMA Director
Santiago Other Chile 03/31/2017
Software Engineer I-II (Open Rank)
Green Bank West Virginia United States
ALMA Head of Data Management Group
Santiago Other Chile 03/01/2017
Operations Specialist (I-III)
Socorro New Mexico United States
Director of the Central Development Laboratory
Charlottesville Virginia United States
Washington, DC District of Columbia United States
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