ASSISTANT PROFESSOR FOR SUBARU TELESCOPE, NATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY OF JAPAN (NAOJ)
Subaru Telescope, NAOJ operates the Subaru telescope, an optical-infrared telescope at the 4,200 m (13,460ft.) summit of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii, for open use observations, and is also active in the research and development for its future systems. In addition, Subaru Telescope is supporting Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project, which would be the next large project at NAOJ. We are seeking a full-time assistant professor, who will play a central role in developing and promoting a future instrument plan for Subaru Telescope. See below for the duties, responsibilities and qualification of the position.
1. Summary of Duties and Responsibilities: The position of the assistant professor with the Subaru Telescope, NAOJ is based in Hilo, Hawaii, U.S.A. Primary duties and responsibilities of the incumbent is to develop and promote future instrument plans for Subaru telescope to sustain during the era of TMT. Details are summarized as follows:
- In order to maintain high-level of scientific competitiveness of Subaru telescope with limited resources, formulates and promotes strategic plans of future scientific instruments for Subaru telescope from a broader scientific perspective
- Leads commissioning of newly developed instruments to start regular operation, and plays central roles in smooth operation and necessary upgrades of scientific instruments
In addition to the duties and responsibilities, the incumbent pursues his/her own research activities using Subaru telescope, and supports the daily operation of the telescope system. Note that the duties and responsibilities mentioned above could be reconsidered about 5 years later, depending on needs at the Subaru Telescope as well as his/her capability.
2. Qualifications: Broad knowledge of astronomy and related scientific fields that is required to develop a future plan of instruments for Subaru telescope. In addition, demonstrable experiences and knowledge in the field of instrumentation commissioning and/or operation (not limited to ground-based telescopes, but also space telescopes and large experimental facilities). Abilities to interact and communicate effectively with engineering as well as scientific staffs hired locally as well as those sent from Japan. Leadership skills in multicultural work environment.
More information, including how to apply for the position, is available at http://www.subarutelescope.org/Announce/2014/07/01/index.html. More information on the Subaru telescope is also available at http://www.subarutelescope.org
3. Compensation: The salary for the position depends upon the applicant’s experience and qualifications. NAOJ policies determine employee benefits, including relocation costs and support.