PANOPTES Postdoctoral Fellow – ID# 18645

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Panoptic Astronomical Networked Observatories for Public Transiting Exoplanets Survey
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 


National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.  Regular, Full-Time, Research Corporation of the University of Hawai‘i (RCUH) Non-Civil Service position with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Panoptic Astronomical Networked Observatories for Public Transiting Exoplanets Survey (PANOPTES) 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.

MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY:  Based on experience.

DUTIES:  Project PANOPTES ( is a citizen science based, distributed telescope network, which aims to detect extrasolar planets using the transit method.  By combining a large number of observations from small, inexpensive cameras, the project obtains the necessary sensitivity to detect extrasolar planets, efficiently providing large sky coverage and high temporal cadence.  As the project is scaling up with increasing units, we are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to assist in the development of the project’s cloud-based data reduction pipeline and to assist in the scientific use of PANOPTES data for exoplanet identification and characterization. The candidate will also help promote the project among the scientific community and the general public, and engage in collaborative research activities.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  PhD from an accredited college or university in Astronomy or related field. (PhD candidates may apply but must submit evidence of PhD completion upon hire).  EXPERIENCE:  Two to four (2-4) years of research experience in astronomy or physics, and astronomical data analysis.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge in observational astronomy. Knowledge in analysis of astronomical datasets and associated programming/scripting techniques.  Good verbal and written communication skills. Skills to prepare practical scientific documents.  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 involvement in astronomical data processing of large datasets. Experience with automated survey observation facilities. Previous scientific outreach experience. 


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: 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 and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872.

CLOSING DATE:  Feb 15, 2019

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

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Salary commensurate with qualifications
Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, March 1, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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