Subaru Instrumentation/Research Specialist – ID# 221227

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
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United States of America
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National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the NAOJ, Subaru Telescope, located in Hilo, HI. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds & compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


DUTIES:  Improves, maintains commissioned fac instrmnts of the Subaru Telescope to keep & improve reliability & performance. Trbleshts, modifies & upgrds instrmnts in collab with other sci, eng & techs primarily in the Instrmntation Div & throughout Subaru. Appropriately eval the sci performance of the instrmnts & works to ensure efficient night-time oper to maximize sci output. Contrib to upgrds of instrmnts & new instrmnt projs. Drives to summit for PFS & instrmntation duties. Co-operates w/& advises PFS dev team on & participates in implementation & commissioning of PFS instrmnt, mainly for PFI subsystem. Participates in, advises on ensuring subsyst will be reliable for open-use observation. Ensures all doc, tooling, test procedures & fixtures are kept avail for Instrmnt Div eng & techs so instrmnt can be operational for its service lifetime. Pursues a prog of sci or instrmntation rsrch, publishes papers, presents results at conferences.

PRIM QUAL: EDUC/TRNG:  PhD from an accredited college or univ in Astronomy or closely related field.  EXPER:  One to three (1-3) yrs of exper in sci instrmnt operations, including astronomical observations & data reduction, dev & oper of optical or infrared instrmnts, & a progrof rsrch in astronomy. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Considerable knowl of observational astronomy, multiple obj spectrographs, optical or infrared detectors & spectrograph optics & alignment.  Abil to undertake a prog of instrmntation rsrch & plan & manage projs. Good written, oral comm & doc skills in English. Must possess a valid driver’s lic (& if use of personal veh on job is req, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equiv to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) & maintain throughout the duration of employ. Must be able to drive a 4-WD veh. PHYS/MED REQS:  Must be able to climb stairs & carry instrmnt parts, materials, incl fiber cables, of up to 40 pounds for short distances. Post Offer/Employ Cond:  Must be able to work at 14,000 feet & pass a post offer high-altitude medical exam. POLICY &/OR REGULATORY REQS: As a condition of employ, employee will be subj to all applicable RCUH policies & procedures & as applicable, subj to UH's &/or business entity's policies & procedures.  Viol of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies &/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws &/or regs may lead to disciplinary action (incl but not limited to possible termination of employ, personal fines, civil &/or criminal penalties, etc.).  

SEC QUALS:  Knowl of Linux sftwre dev, image processing & data anlysis, optical design & mech design, systs design, cryogenics. Exper in instrmntation proj management. Proficiency in the Japanese lang incl speaking, reading & writing. 

INQ:  Masayo Nakajima 934-5964 (Hawai‘i).

Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.

APPL REQS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system & the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process &/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 

CLOSING DATE:  June 18, 2021. 

RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.

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

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$4553.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 18, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, June 18, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Masayo Nakajima