This site aims to give you an overview of AURA HR Services, and offer easy access to information you need throughout your employment at AURA. This Website is for AURA NSF employees of National Solar Observatory (NSO) and NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NSF’s OIR Lab).
If you are an employee of STScI please click here. Click the image below for your HR Contact information.
To help employees stay informed about their benefits and the resources available to them we have created these webpages that are updated frequently with useful information.
First national US observatory to be named after a woman!
It was announced on Jan 6, 2020, that the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will conduct a vast astronomical survey for unprecedented discovery of the deep and dynamic Universe, will now be named the NSF (National Science Foundation) Vera C. Rubin Observatory (Rubin Observatory or VRO)
NSF’S National Optical Infrared Astronomy Research Lab
On 1 October 2019, the nighttime astronomy facilities supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) transitioned to operating as one organization, NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory. The new organization operates five scientific programs: Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, the Community Science and Data Center, Kitt Peak National Observatory (all formerly known as the National Optical Astronomy Observatory); Gemini Observatory and the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and is managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy.
The AURA HR Mission is to provide the highest level of customer service and support to NSF Funded AURA Operating Centers. We will accomplish this by:
Working in a collaborative, supportive manner; Facilitating change in dynamic environments; Focusing on accuracy,
quality of service and efficient operations; Seeking strategic partnerships with internal and external customers; Demonstrating an exceptional level of responsiveness; Striving for a multicultural, innovative and diverse team that operates with respect and integrity towards ourselves and others.