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YTLA Telescope Test/Operator (ID #17395)

ASIAA Hawaii Operations/RCUH

(3) Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service positions with the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica (ASIAA), Hawaii Operations Office, 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: Assists the testing and the telescope operation of the Y.T. Lee Array (YTLA), under the direction of senior team members.  May also assist engineering and scientific staff in the array testing, as necessary.  Major duties include nighttime observation, occasional and unplanned tests on the YTLA telescope, and documentation of the telescope pointing quality. 


EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Science or Engineering (Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college with at least three (3) years of experience in telescope operations or working at an observatory or similar scientific facility and position may substitute for a  Bachelor’s Degree).

ABILITY/KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS: Broad understanding of astronomical pointing and tracking.  Operational knowledge with Linux and Window based operation systems.  Familiar with programming skill under Linux and Windows environment.  Able to provide clear and concise self-expression – verbal and written.  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 (or be able to drive 4-wheel drive vehicles following appropriate training).

Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR/AED (or be able to obtain and maintain the certificate following the training provided within twelve (12) months from date of hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment. 

PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination and maintain proof of high-altitude clearance throughout the duration of employment.

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: One (1) year of hands-on experience in astronomical observation related training. At least one (1) year of work experience with professional astronomical observatory. Astronomy background with knowledge in cosmology. Proficiency in Python and Matlab programming.

INQUIRIES: Susan O’Neal (808) 961-2942 (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) 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.

CLOSING DATE: October 2, 2017 or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first). 

RCUH’s mission is to support the research and training programs of the University of Hawai‘i and to enhance research, development, and training generally in Hawai‘i. Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.

Big Island
Occupational fields: 
Fields of study: 
Physics / Astronomy
Employment type: 
Full time
Required degree level: 
Bachelor's degree