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Job Vacancy - Subaru Support Astronomer

April 6, 2023
Last updated: July 1, 2023

Job Summary
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 the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (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 and resident astronomers to carry out observations for maximum scientific output. Helps astronomers in the preparation of observations and data reduction. Participates in science operation of observatory instruments, checks the quality of obtained data, and keeps the instrument operational for nightly observations in cooperation with other observatory support staff. Requires travel to telescope site. May be assigned as primary scientist for one (1) instrument. A second and third instrument may be assigned as deemed appropriate. Pursues programs of astronomical research, publishes papers, and presents results at conferences. A significant amount of time will be spent at a high altitude of 14,000 feet. Drives to and from the summit, sometimes in inclement weather conditions.

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 and data reduction, development of optical or infrared instruments, and research in astronomy.
KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge necessary to conduct independent astronomical research.
ABILITIES & SKILLS: Ability to undertake independent program in astronomical research. Good written and oral communication 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. Driving experience of at least one (1) year.
PHYSICAL/MEDICAL DEMANDS: Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination.
POLICY/REGULATORY REQUIREMENT: As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies, procedures, and trainings and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies, procedures, and trainings. 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.).

Previous involvement in astronomical instrumentation including design, hardware and software development, and maintenance. Experience with image processing and data analysis. Communication skills in additional languages other than English.

INQUIRIES: Masayo Nakajima 895-7385 (Hawai‘i).

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)956-7262 or (808)956-8376. Please visit for more information on RCUH’s Benefits for eligible employees.

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