Subaru Support Astronomer – ID# 220406

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, September 4, 2020
Archive Date: 
Friday, October 30, 2020
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 


National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.  Regular, Full-Time, Limited Term (up to three (3) years in duration with possible extension for two (2) more years), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with NAOJ Subaru Telescope Project, 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. 


DUTIES:  Supports visiting & resident astronomers to carry out observ for maximum scientific output.  Helps astronomers in prep of observations & data reduction.  Participates in science operation of observatory instruments, checks quality of obtained data & keeps instrument operational for nightly observations in coop w/other observatory support staff. Req travel to telescope site. May be assigned as primary scientist for 1 instrument. A 2nd & 3rd instrument may be assigned as deemed appropriate. Pursues progs of astronomical rsrch, publishes papers & presents results at conferences. A significant amt of time will be spent at a high alt of 14,000 ft. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  PhD from an accredited college or university in Astronomy or related field.  EXPERIENCE:  One to three (1-3) years of experience in astronomical observations & data reduction, development of optical or infrared instruments & research in astronomy.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowl necessary to conduct independent astronomical research. Abil to undertake independent prog in astronomical rsrch.  Good written & oral communication skills.  Must possess a valid driver’s license (& if use of personal vehicle on job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) & maintain throughout the duration of employment. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle w/manual trans.  Driving exper of at least 1 yr.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must be able to work at 14,000 feet & pass a post offer high-alt medical exam. POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS: As a condition of employment, employee will be subj to all applicable RCUH policies & procedures & as applicable, subj to University of Hawai‘i's &/or business entity's policies & procedures.  Violation 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 poss termination of employment, personal fines, civil &/or crim penalties, etc.).  

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Prev involvement in astronomical instrumentation incl design, hardware & software dev, & maint.  Experw/image processing & data anlys. Communication skills in addt lang other than English. 

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

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

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 (11:59 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:  October 31, 2020. 

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

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

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$4295.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Masayo Nakajima