October 19, 2018

Subaru Telescope, NAOJ operates the Subaru telescope for open use observations and is also active in the research and development for its future systems ( We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow who can actively pursue observational research and/or instrumental development using the Subaru telescope.

1. Number of vacancies: one
2. Office location: 650 North A’ohoku Place, Hilo, HI 96720, U.S.A. Occasional travels to the NAOJ Mitaka campus, Japan are also expected.
3,4. Successful applicant is expected to actively collaborate with the staff members using not only the Subaru telescope, but also Keck telescopes, Gemini telescopes, and others to enhance scientific activities at the observatory. In addition, he/she is expected to support a part of open use observations at Subaru Telescope (up to 50 % of their time), including duties at the top of Maunakea (4200 m in elevation). Applicants should describe not only plans of their own research, but also plans for possible collaborations and supporting roles at the observatory. Inquiry for further details of the duties and responsibilities as well as benefits should be directly sent to the Subaru telescope (see below).
5. (1) The term starts at 1 April 2019 or later
(2) The term is for three years, subject to annual review. At the end of the contract term, there is the possibility of extending the contract up to two years, based on a review.
(*) If the applicant had been the project research fellow of NAOJ or the Researcher (Part-time Contract Employee) before, then the term may be adjusted so that the total length of employment does not exceed five years.
6. The applicant must have a PhD degree as of 31 March 2019, or is expected to have it by the starting date of your employment. It should be described if the applicant is expected to have a PhD degree by the starting date of your employment.
7. The application documents (either in Japanese or in English) must include
(1) a curriculum vitae,
(2) a summary of research activities in the past,
(3) a list of publications (Separate refereed and non-refereed papers. For co-authored papers, list all the names of authors.),
(4) PDF copy of three major publications, and
(5) an outline of research plans.
8. The application documents and the reference letter must be received by 12:00 JST (03:00 UT), 15 November 2018.
9. (1) Application and reference letter should be sent to:
fellow2018apply_hilo (AT)
with a mail subject of "application for project research fellow".
(2) For inquiries, please contact:
Prof. Michitoshi Yoshida, Director
Subaru Telescope, NAOJ
650 North A'ohoku Place, Hilo Hawaii 96720 U.S.A.
Tel: +1-808-934-5900
e-mail: yoshida (AT)
10. When the application documents are received, a confirmation mail will be sent to the applicant. If you do not receive the confirmation within three working days, please notify the inquiry address
11. Successful applicant will be hired through RCUH (Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii). Expense to move to Hawaii will be covered by the Subaru telescope based on RCUH's guideline. For a resident outside the state of Hawaii, monthly allowance for Hilo, Hawaii will be paid in addition to the base salary of 350,000 JPY. The fellow will also receive annual research funds of 500,000 JPY. Note that the salary and the monthly allowance will be paid in USD with the fixed exchange rate of 1 USD = 100 JPY.

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