January 18, 2012


National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), located on Mauna Kea summit in Hilo, Hawaii. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


DUTIES: Works as a team member of the summit day crews in the Technical Support Division to carry out technical tasks for the observation system at the summit of Mauna Kea or at the Hilo facility. Operate, verify and correct errors for all critical motions of the robotic Top Unit Exchange and Cassegrain Instrument Automatic Exchanger equipment. Inserts variables into the telescope software system and pre-checks telescope to ensure it is operational for the observation function at night. Perform systems inspections of wiring connections, alignment, etc. during top unit exchanges on high platforms while following safety procedures. Provides other support such as assisting telescope, instrument or computer engineers and technicians for system upgrades, conduct preliminary assessment of the troubleshooting, etc. Perform maintenance work at the summit or Hilo office including painting, sealing, general carpentry, cleaning, installation or removal of equipment. Work on special maintenance and facility projects such as snow removal, equipment replacement, and cleaning of large optics. Majority of the work is at the telescope site at Mauna Kea with work in Hilo scheduled as needed. Work schedule is primarily 10 hours a day, four days a week shift. Weekend standby, emergency work, snow removal and planned overtime work can occur. The work schedule may be changed on a daily basis depending on operational needs.


EDUCATION: Associate's Degree from an accredited community college or graduation from an accredited trade school, or High School Diploma and related training necessary to provide skills to perform duties of this position. One to three (1-3) years of experience at large telescope with similar work can be substituted for Associate's Degree.

EXPERIENCE: Progression job with minimum experience requirements for Level I, and combination of experience and/or demonstrated competence/operational needs for Level II and III. Experience including significant work in the areas of instrumentation, installation, calibrations, preparation of instrumentation/telescope for observing, and the troubleshooting and repair of industrial equipment and electronics.

  • Level I: 2-3 years experience involving electronics work, instrumentation, computer controls, and telescopes systems/operations.

  • Level II: 1-3 years experience at Level I.

  • Level III: 1-3 years experience at Level II, plus one primary mirror recoating process.

ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Knowledge of personal computer (PC) use and its basic office software for communication and basic logging. Basic knowledge of maintenance and electrical procedures. Skills for hands-on preventive maintenance and equipment repair. Able to use hand and power tools, such as electrical drills, band saws, drill press, etc., safely. Must possess a valid driver's license, and able to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission. Able to use visual skills and depth perception to perform inspection of equipment placement. Must possess Certificate in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided).

PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to work at 14,000 feet, and pass a high-altitude medical examination. Must be able to work for up to fourteen (14) hours maximum. Able to lift/carry fifty (50) pounds of equipment. Able to climb ladders and work on high roof top and high platforms with safety harness.

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to speak and understand Japanese. Basic computer skills in operating UNIX workstation and PC. Read and follow blueprints and electrical schematics. Electrical and HVAC skills are a plus.

INQUIRIES: Debbie Guthier 934-5904 (Hawaii).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: The preferred method of applying for a job is through our on-line application process. Please go to, click on “Employment” and navigate to “Job Announcements/Apply for a Job.” However, if you do not have access to the Internet, you may apply by submitting resume; cover letter including Recruitment ID#, referral source, narrative of your qualifications for position and salary history; names, phone numbers and addresses of three supervisory references and copy of degree(s)/transcripts/certificate(s) to qualify for position by fax (808) 956-5022, mail, or hand-deliver to: Director of Human Resources, Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, 2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall D-100, Honolulu, HI 96822 before the closing date. Online applications and faxed documents must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time). Mailed documents must be postmarked by the closing date. Hand-delivered documents must be received by our HR office by 4 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call 1-(808)956-3100.

CLOSING DATE: February 3, 2012.

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