Subaru Night Operation Assistant – ID# 18389

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 


National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), located in Maunakea and 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:  Responsible, during nighttime observations, for assisting the Observations System Associate (OSA) by starting up/shutting down the telescope following an established procedure, taking calibration data for the instruments by following an established procedure, monitoring the safety and health of the personnel at the summit, checking the system and the weather periodically, recording them in the online log and operating the system from the console or from the control panel under the oversight of the OSA (who is either in the control room or outside the room for the troubleshooting). In some circumstances when the OSA is not on duty at the summit facility, the Night Operation Assistant (NOA) takes over the OSA’s role. 

REQUIRES:  Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Astronomy or related Science, Engineering, or Technology field.  Experience working in astronomy, science, engineering or technical fields.  At least one (1) year of driving experience.  Knowledge of issues involved in astronomical image analysis, error propagation, and reference star catalogs. Knowledge of basic astronomy concepts, standard word processing, and spreadsheet software. Ability to operate large-scale precision mechanical system, electrical system or electronics with high complexity, to startup and shutdown a telescope. Ability to effectively interact and communicate through electronic mail and in person. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission.  Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must possess Certification in First Aid/CPR, Certification in Emergency Medical Response for Adult First Aid, emergency oxygen administration, and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) usage. Must be able to work at 14,000 feet, and pass a high-altitude medical examination

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

CLOSING DATE:  August 27, 2018.   

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) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) 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.

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

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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