Night Telescope Operator

Full time Regular Employment at University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy

Categories: Science, Support Services

Location: Summit

Open date: Friday, November 17, 2023

Closing date: Monday, December 4, 2023



The Institute for Astronomy (IfA), University of Hawaii at Manoa is seeking a Night Telescope Operator for our NASA Infrared Telescope Facility on the summit of Maunakea to ensure optimum telescope operations, including focus, finding and tracking targeted celestial objects, responding to observer specified special needs, and executing the scheduled observation plan, even with remote observer. Maintains observatory operations and trouble logs and other associated documentation with emphasis on new instruments and software.


Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree in in astronomy, physics, engineering or related field and 3 year(s) of progressively responsible professional experience with responsibilities for operation of computer-linked experimental facility; or any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated.

2. Considerable working knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in the area of telescope operation and astronomical knowledge as demonstrated by the broad knowledge of the full range of pertinent standard and evolving concepts, principles and methodologies.

3. Considerable working knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations and theories and systems associated with operating a technical facility or lab.

4. Demonstrated ability to resolve wide ranging complex problems through the use of creative reasoning and logic to accurately determine the cause of the problems and the resolution of the problems in an effective, innovative and timely manner.

5. Demonstrated ability to interpret and present information and ideas clearly and accurately in writing, verbally and by preparation of reports and other materials.

6. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team leaders and members, and individuals.

7. Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word processing software.

8. If applicable, for supervisory work, demonstrated ability to lead subordinates, manage work priorities and projects, and manage employee relations.

9. Must pass a high altitude physical examination, and be able to work at 14,000 feet for 12-hour shift for periods of up to 5 days.

Desirable Qualifications

1. Master's degree in astronomy, physics, engineering or related field.

2. Knowledge of basic astronomy, optics, electronics, instrumentation, and computer hardware and software.

Additional Information

To Apply:

Click on the “Apply” button on the top right corner of the screen and attach the required documents. Applicants must submit (1) cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, (2) resume, (3) names and contact information of 3 professional references and (4) official transcripts. Copies of transcripts are acceptable, but official transcripts will be required at the time of hire. Incomplete applications will not be considered

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About University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy

The Institute for Astronomy is one of the world's leading astronomical research centers. Its broad-based program includes studies of the Sun, planets, and stars, as well as interstellar matter, galaxies, and cosmology. IFA operates the University of Hawaiʻi 2.2-meter telescope atop Maunakea.

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The Institute for Astronomy is one of the world's leading astronomical research centers. Its broad-based program includes studies of the Sun, planets, and stars, as well as interstellar matter, galaxies, and cosmology. IFA operates the University of Hawaiʻi 2.2-meter telescope atop Maunakea.