Observatory Operations Manager

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation
Street Line 1: 
65-1238 Mamalahoa Highway
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Canada France Hawaii Telescope Corporation (CFHT) operates a world-class 3.6-meter telescope at the summit of Maunakea.  With state-of- the-art wide-field visible and NIR imagers as well as spectropolarimeters working in the visible through K-band (2.5 microns) and an Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer, CFHT is a world class telescope that consistently rates among the highest in science impact. 

We are seeking a talented and inspirational leader with a strong engineering background to lead a small and multidisciplinary Operations Team. The team is responsible for all aspects of the operation, maintenance and systems upgrades of the telescope, drive and control system, dome, and telescope support infrastructure at the observatory.  The person in this role works closely with other science and engineering groups to ensure that the scientific community is provided with the highest level and quality of scientific output.

Reporting to the Director of Engineering, the Operations Manager plans and supervises all activities of the Operations Group, with budgetary responsibility for the group.   As a seasoned Engineer, the Operations Manager has technical responsibility for operations, maintenance and technical upgrades of the many mechanical and electrical systems that comprise the observatory.  As a member of the Observatory Council, the manager advises the Executive Group on staff and technical issues; and facilitates communication between the Council, the Executive, and team members. 

If you are an experienced engineer with 8 or more years of experience and at least 3 years of management experience, and are interested in an exciting high-tech career at one of the best sites in astronomy, please apply via the link below.

Relevant experience:

We are particularly interested in leaders with a strong hands-on engineering background and project management experience in mechanics, electronics, or optics.  Furthermore, previous astronomical observatory, scientific lab, or aerospace experience would be a strong plus.  Experience using advanced analytics and a systems approach to increase productivity and reduce downtime would also be a strong plus.


The Operations Manager is based at CFHT Headquarters in beautiful Waimea on Hawaii Island.  The position requires frequent trips to the summit and is on-call for observatory support nights and weekends as needed.

Application deadline

The position is open until filled, but applications received on or before September 30th 2018 will receive full consideration.

More Information:

All applicants must submit their application through our online portal at https://cfht.applicantpro.com/jobs/.  The full position description may be downloaded at this site. 

For answers to any additional questions, please email Dr. Andrew Sheinis, Director of Engineering at sheinis@cfht.hawaii.edu.

Included Benefits: 

CFHT offers a valuable compensation package based on experience and employment history, with an exceptional benefits package, including but not limited to, health, vision, dental and life insurance, tuition assistance for K-12 dependents, and a very competitive retirement package.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Dr. Andrew Sheinis
Director of Engineering
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