Observing Assistant

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Other
Institution/Company: 
W. M. Keck Observatory
City: 
Kamuela
State/Province: 
HI
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

What does it take to make the cutting edge scientific discoveries of tomorrow? It takes a team of people – the right people – who are dedicated to great endeavors and working in new environments and constantly changing situations.  The W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) operates two of the world's largest optical/infrared telescopes on the summit of Maunakea on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The observatory seeks an Observing Assistant who under the general supervision of the Lead Observing Assistant, provides observing support and oversees the safe operation of the observatory during night-time operations.  

Essential Functions include:

  • Control the telescope and related equipment during the observing period to provide support to astronomers in making optimum use of the facility.
  • Serve as the person in charge of the safety of the telescope and facility during night-time observing with responsibility for terminating observing if conditions warrant ensuring that persons and equipment are not placed in jeopardy.
  • Document any problems that occur during observing operations and communicate those problems to the technical staff.
  • Help configure the facility, telescope, and related equipment to prepare for observing.
  • Participate in testing and calibrating the telescope and related equipment to provide support to astronomers in readying equipment for observing.
  • Participate in service and engineering observing as required.
  • Perform other tasks and projects to enhance the overall observing capability.
  • Participate in training new observing assistants.
  • Attend observing meetings and training sessions, some of which will be at headquarters in Waimea.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in a physical science or two years technical or operations experience at an astronomical observatory.  May consider bachelor's degree education in lieu of work experience. 

To learn more about this position and to apply, go to: https://keckobservatory.applicantpro.com/jobs/

 EEO Employer

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Reviewing Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Jeannette Mundon
Title: 
Talent Management Administrator
Institution/Company: 
W. M. Keck Observatory
Department Name: 
Human Resources
Street Line 1: 
65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy
City: 
Kamuela
State/Province: 
HI
Zip/Postal Code: 
96743
Country: 
United States of America
Phone: 
808.885.7887
Email: 
employment@keck.hawaii.edu
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Jeannette Mundon
Email: 
employment@keck.hawaii.edu