Support Astronomer

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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W. M. Keck Observatory
United States of America
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Are you an astronomer who enjoys working with instruments and loves observing as much as making discoveries?  Do you enjoy working closely with some of the best astronomers in the field? Would you like to join a high-performance team of like-minded scientists responsible for instrumentation and observing support at a renowned astronomical observatory, working with the biggest telescopes on the planet and residing in one of the world’s most uniquely beautiful and diverse locations?

The W. M. Keck Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii operates the world’s two largest optical/infrared telescopes from the summit of Mauna Kea.  The Observatory seeks a Support Astronomer who is a motivated self-starter, has excellent knowledge of ground-based optical and near-IR observing techniques and instrumentation, and who appreciates the chance to work at the cutting edge of discovery in astronomy.

The successful applicant will join Keck’s existing team of Support Astronomers responsible for assisting visiting observers in using the instruments; maintaining, calibrating, and improving Keck’s suite of world-class astronomical instrumentation; and participating on instrument building teams during development and commissioning of future instruments. We are particularly interested in candidates with strong software skills and/or hands-on instrument experience. The Support Astronomers work primarily at WMKO headquarters in Waimea, renowned as one of Hawaii’s most livable communities, and travel to the Mauna Kea summit for occasional work as required. Team members are expected to dedicate 20% of their time to active astronomical research.

Required minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics and at least two years of experience with astronomical observing and instrumentation at a major research observatory. Outstanding candidates who expect to complete their Ph.D. shortly are also eligible to apply and should indicate their expected completion date.  The ideal candidate will be familiar with all aspects of modern astronomical instruments, observing techniques, and data reduction. Candidates must be capable of working effectively with visiting observers and coordinating multi-disciplinary instrument commissioning and maintenance teams.

Review of applications will begin in January 2018, but the position will remain open until filled. Cover letters can be addressed to Jeannette Mundon, Human Resources Office.

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Included Benefits: 

This is a regular, full time position offering a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including relocation assistance and independent school (K-12) tuition support for dependent children. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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