The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) has positions open for a postdoctoral researcher who will work on the research and development related to ULTIMATE-Subaru project, a next-generation instrumentation program for the Subaru Telescope, which consists of a Ground Layer Adaptive Optics (GLAO) and wide-field near-infrared instruments. We expect applications from scientists and engineering scientists who are willing to actively take on new challenges in this field.
NAOJ has been operating the 8.2m Subaru Telescope located atop of Maunakea, Hawaii. The wide-field observation capability with excellent spatial resolution of the Subaru Telescope makes it one of the most scientifically productive ground-based telescopes in the world. ULTIMATE-Subaru is a forthcoming facility instrument project of the Subaru telescope, which will expand the Subaru’s wide-field survey capability to the near-infrared (NIR) wavelength. The project consists of two instrumentation programs: a ground layer adaptive optics (GLAO) system and wide field near-infrared instruments supported by the GLAO. ULTIMATE-Subaru will realize a unique capability of high spatial resolution observations in a wide-field of view and pioneer a new observational parameter space in the exploration of the universe at the NIR wavelength.
We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher position in the field of adaptive optics, science instruments, or related astronomical science at the Subaru Telescope. A successful candidate for this position is expected to engage in either of the following tasks:
- conduct design analysis, performance optimization, development, characterization, and commissioning of the GLAO system
- lead the commissioning of the GLAO prototype instrument (Laser Tomographic AO module for the existing facility AO) at the Subaru telescope to assess its performance, conduct engineering/science observations, and provide feedback to the design of the GLAO system.
- evaluate and optimize the expected performance of the wide-field near-infrared instruments in collaboration with the ULTIMATE-Subaru science team.
The position also provides an opportunity for the successful candidates to conduct their own research program in astronomy or related field.
This is a Regular, Full-Time, Limited-Term (up to three (3) years in duration, with possibility of extension), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), located in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.
MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY: $3,822/Mon.
PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: PhD from an accredited college or university in Astronomy, Physics, Optical Engineering or closely related field. (PhD candidates may apply but must submit evidence of PhD completion upon hire).
EXPERIENCE: One to three (1-3) years of experience in astronomy, optical/infrared instrumentation, or optical engineering.
ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Knowledge in observational astronomy, and optical and infrared astronomical instrumentation. Ability to undertake independent program of research in astronomy or related field. Good written communications skills. Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission.
PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination.
POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS: As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i 's and/or business entity's policies and procedures. Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).
SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Previous experience with Linux software development, image processing and data analysis, hardware design, or systems design. Experience in adaptive optics development and operation.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: To apply the position, please go to www.rcuh.com, click on “Job Postings”, and search for the Job ID “221360”. Applications should include 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume (including a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of current and future research interests), 3) Supervisory References (including names and details of three referees who could be contacted for reference letters), and 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by September 30, 2021 (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time).