Subaru Night Operation Assistant – Id# 222150

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Archive Date: 
Thursday, May 12, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 


National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), located in Maunakea & Hilo, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


DUTIES:  Assists Observations Sys Assoc (OSA) during nighttime oper by starting/shutting down telescope & taking calib data for instruments by following an estab procedure, monitoring safety/health of personnel at the summit, checking system & weather periodically, recording  in online log & operating sys from console or control panel under oversight of OSA. Assists OSA to take remedial actions & rept them & in nighttime security/safety of fac. When OSA is not on duty, Night Oper Asst (NOA) takes over OSA’s role. Assists w/transporting observers to/from summit. Participates in reg team mtgs, trngs, occas maint/svcs, acquisition of telescope/instr data, coord of first responses to night time trouble repts, doc of manuals/rpts.  Participates in repair/upgrade of telescope sys components. Typical rotation sched is 5 consecutive full-nights of summit duties followed by 6 or 7 days off. Actual sched depends on  operational needs & is a mix of full-night & daytime duties.

PRIM QUALS: EDUC/TRNG:  Bachelor’s Deg from accred four (4) year coll or univ w/an emphasis in Astron, Sci or technical field.  EXPER:  Up to one (0-1) year of exper in astron, sci, eng or tech fields. At least one (1) year of driving exper.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowl of basic astron concepts, stnd word processing & spreadsheet software. Abil to oper lg-scale precision mech sys, elec sys or electronics w/high complexity. Abil to startup/shutdown telescope. Abil to effectively interact/communicate through elec mail & in person. Must possess a valid driver’s lic (& if use of pers veh on job is req, must also have valid personal driver’s insur equiv to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insur) & maintain throughout duration of employ. Must be able to drive 4WD w/manual trans. Post Offer/Emp Cond: Must possess Cert in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain cert following trng provided w/in 12 mon from date of hire) & maintain throughout duration of empl. Must possess Cert in Emer Med Response for Adult First Aid, emer oxygen admin & Auto Ext Defib (AED) usage (or be able to obtain certificate following trng provided w/in 12 mon from date of hire) & maintain throughout duration of employ. PHYS/MED REQ:  Must be able to sleep at high alt (Hale Pohaku: 9,000 ft) & lift/carry 30 lbs of equip unassisted. Able to climb ladders, crawl into narrow spaces & work in narrow areas. Post Offer/Empl Cond: Must be able to work at 14,000 ft & pass a post offer high-alt medical exam. POLICY &/OR REGULATORY REQ: As a condition of employ, empl will be subj to all appl RCUH policies/procs & as applicable, subj to Univ of Hawai‘i's &/or business entity's policies/proc.  Viol of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies/proc or applicable State/Fed laws/regs may lead to disciplinary action (incl, but not limited to possible term of employ, personal fines, civil/crim penalties, etc.).

SEC QUALS:  Prior exper/trng in optics, electronics, electrical, or mech sys. Exper in astron observation, oper of telescope in college course from accredited college or univ. Bilingual capability in Eng & Japanese. 

INQ:  Masayo Nakajima 934-5058 (Hawai‘i). 

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CLOSING DATE:  May 3, 2021.

RCUH’s mission is to support the research and training programs of the University of Hawai‘i and to enhance research, development, and training generally in Hawai‘i.

Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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Masayo Nakajima