Associate Professor for Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Archive Date: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Subaru Telescope, NAOJ
Department Name: 
Subaru Telescope
Street Line 1: 
650 North A'ohoku Place
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 



The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) has a position open for associate professor who will lead research and development for optical and infrared astronomy and instrumentation. We expect applications from scientists and engineering scientists who are willing to actively take on new challenges in this field.


NAOJ has been playing a key role in the forefront of astronomical research worldwide, as demonstrated in the construction and operation of large-scale astronomical facilities such as the Subaru Telescope, ALMA, and TMT (Thirty- Meter Telescope) as well as in the development of space-based instruments such as Hinode Satellite for solar observation, in the effort to promote cutting-edge astronomy utilizing these advanced telescopes. The Subaru Telescope, an 8.2m large optical-infrared telescope, has been producing excellent science results in the field of optical-infrared astronomy.


1. Summary of Duties and Responsibilities: A successful candidate for this position is expected to: 1) lead the international development team as project manager of a facility instrument development program of the Subaru Telescope, ULTIMATE-Subaru (ULTIMATE) project; 2) take the responsibility for the science operation of ULTIMATE; and 3) promote research activities that have notable impact on related science fields as well. In addition to these main roles, a successful candidate is also expected to lead and contribute the development of instrumentation for TMT and future astronomical programs through the ULTIMATE project or after its completion.


ULTIMATE is a forthcoming large instrument project of the Subaru Telescope. The project consists of two instrumentation plans: a ground layer adaptive optics (GLAO) system and wide field infrared instruments supported by the GLAO. ULTIMATE provides a wide field (14 arcminutes or more), high spatial resolution (0.2 arcsec) observation capability in near-infrared band for the Subaru Telescope. It is also expected that ULTIMITE will be complementary to the infrared space telescope such as Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). Along with Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) and Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS), it will serve to maximize the wide field observation capability of the Subaru Telescope in the TMT era.


2. Qualifications: As qualifications for this position, applicants are expected to have extensive experience and skills in the field of optical and infrared astronomy and instrumentation, and leadership or system engineering ability to strongly promote astronomical research and development in order to meet the demands of the times. In particular, applicants must have a profound knowledge of adaptive optics system, which is required for the development of ULTIMATE.


3. Application Deadline: July 1st, 2019 at 17:00 in JST

More information, including how to apply for the position, is available at More information on the Subaru telescope is also available at




Included Benefits: 

Salary is dependent upon experience and qualifications. Benefits, including relocation cost support, are determined by the NAOJ rules.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Michitoshi Yoshida
Subaru Telescope Director
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