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July 31, 2014
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July 31, 2014
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Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii
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Government Agency
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Institute for Astronomy.  Non-Regular, Full-Time, Limited Term (Up to three (3) years in duration), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Institute for Astronomy, located in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


DUTIES:  Participates in projects that may require observing at various observatories in Hawaii and around the world to obtain images and spectroscopy of asteroids and comets.  Participates in projects designed to discover and study Near Earth Objects (NEO) primarily using data from the Pan-STARRS (PS) telescopes located on Haleakala in Maui.  Performs spectrometric, astrometric, and photometric reduction of images and spectra.  Obtains, modifies, and develops software as required for data analysis and research.  Helps improve algorithms and techniques for finding NEOs in data from the Pan-STARRS telescopes, and thereby helps to improve the discovery rate of NEOs. Writes observing proposals.  Performs research related to the funding source.  Prepares results for publication and writes refereed journal papers. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  PhD from an accredited college or university in Astronomy or a directly related field.  EXPERIENCE:  Experience with computer programming, telescopic observing, image processing, the astronomical techniques of spectrometry, photometry, astrometry, orbit determination and propagation, and the preparation of scientific papers.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge of modern programming languages such as C, scripting languages such as Perl and Python, and strong working knowledge of the Linux and Macintosh operating systems.  Able to perform image analysis with Image Reduction Analysis Facility (IRAF) and/or Interactive Data Language (IDL).  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination. POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, incumbent will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and as applicable subject to University of Hawaii's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.). 

INQUIRIES:  Richard Wainscoat 956-8429 (Oahu). 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to, click on “Employment”; select “Apply” and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344. 

CLOSING DATE:  July 31, 2014. 

EEO/AA Employer.

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