Astronomy Officer

Senior Warrant Officer Zoe Lindquist serves as an Astronomy Officer, and is a member of the science branch.

Role

Astronomy Officers are responsible for gathering scientific data on stellar and interstellar phenomena, including the impacts of such phenomena on interstellar travel. Warrant Office Lindquist’s role includes the observation, charting, and study of stellar bodies, patterns, and movements, including their composition and scientific properties.

Her research also considers potential challenges such phenomena may pose to space travel, and how these challenges may be addressed by theories and technologies discovered by ISDC going forward.

It is hoped that Lindquist’s expertise will assist ISDC in best developing contingencies for the as yet largely unknown challenges of interstellar travel. As ISDC advances its mission, Lindquist’s research will be instrumental in the planning and execution of exploratory missions. Lindquist also assists ISDC’s design team with the development of the vessel’s key systems to ensure its safety in encountering and studying interstellar bodies.

Career

Graduating with top honours in astronomy from Stockholm University, Zoe Lindquist completed her doctorate in astronomy at the University of Cambridge before accepting a lead research role at Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany.

Fluent in Swedish, English, German, Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Arabic, Lindquist’s special interest in humanity’s connection to the stars throughout history has taken her career to locations across the globe including China, Jordan, Peru, Mexico, and Turkey. Her superiors so far remain elusive as to why an astronomy specialist with a special interest in anthropology would be considered an asset in their mission.

Becoming an Astronomy Officer

Interested in Zoe’s role as an Astronomy Officer?

To take on a similar role yourself, you’ll need to have a background in Astronomy. If selected, you’ll undertake common training and on completion will join the science branch, taking a warrant officer rank that represents your experience and seniority.

If you want to serve aboard in deep space, you'll also need to complete your qualification aboard. This is a course of training and supervised practical experience gained during a number of training cruises, completed in parallel with your astronomy work.