PFS Instrumentation Software Engineer – ID# 221091

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Publish Date: 
Friday, April 2, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, April 30, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
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 w/NAOJ, Subaru Telescope, in Hilo, HI. Continuation of emplymnt is dependent upon prog/oper needs, satisfactory wrk perf, avail of funds & compliance w/applicable Federal/State laws. 


DUTIES:  Prov prof sftwre eng anlysis, design/implement/test & maint of sftwre & comp sys for Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) & other astronom instrum, processes & related peripheral subsys. Focus on PFS sftwre wrk as proj proceeds thru commissioning to open-use, may become involved w/other projs. Drives proj veh to access summit. May be req to provide night supp for eng & observing runs.

PRIM QUALS: EDUC/TRNG:  Bachelor’s Deg from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Elec, Sftwre, or Mech Eng, Math, or phys sci.  EXPER:  Three to five (3-5) years of exper in anlysis, design & prod of Linux sys & apps sftwre for control of astronom or other scientific or eng instrum & processes.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Proficiency in C/C++, Python, Java & sys & app prog on Linux sys. Knowl of design, implementation & maint of concurrent/netwrk-distrib sys. Knowl of implementation & maint of comp-ctrlled motion ctrl sys. Knowl of admin of Linux comp sys, incl config, tuning for perf & trbleshting. Knowl of comp comm protocols incl TCP/IP & serial. Abil to anlyze, define, design, implement, test, eval & maint complex sftwre sys. Must possess a valid driver’s lic (& if use of pers veh is req, must have valid personal driver’s insur equiv to Hawai‘i’s No- Fault Driver’s Insur) & maint throughout duration of emplymnt. Must be able to drive a 4WD veh w/manual trans. PHYS/MED REQS:  Post Offer/Emplymnt Cond: Must be able to wrk at 14,000ft & pass post offer high-alt medical exam. POLICY &/OR REG REQS: As cond of emplymnt, emp will be subj to all appl RCUH policies & proc & as appl, subj to UH's &/or business entity's policies & proc.  Viol of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies &/or proc or applicable State or Federal laws &/or regs may lead to disciplinary action (incl, but not limited to poss term of emplymnt, pers fines, civil &/or crim penalties, etc.).  

SEC QUALS:  Master’s Deg from an accredited college or univ in Sci or Eng. Exper w/Linux device drivers for PCI connected peripherals. Exper w/obj-oriented design & distrib sftwre dev.

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

Please apply directly on the RCUH website.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to & 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 (11:59PM HST/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have ques on the application process &/or need assist, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 

CLOSING DATE:  April 30, 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.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$4553.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 30, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, April 30, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Masayo Nakajima
United States of America