W. M. Keck Observatory

Are you a software engineer who is passionate about developing, testing, deploying, and maintaining software for control solutions?  If so, we want to hear from you!

All qualified applicants, including women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) operates two 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes and an associated suite of advanced instrumentation. These telescopes have been extremely productive scientifically and have allowed the WMKO science community to play a leading role in understanding the universe from our solar system, to exoplanets, black holes, the earliest galaxies, and dark matter and energy.

Under the general supervision of the Senior Software Engineer, the Software Engineer is responsible for a variety of duties related to developing, testing, deploying and maintaining software for control solutions used at the observatory as well as integrating and maintaining software for science instruments delivered by partner institutions.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science or equivalent in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or other relevant engineering or science field.
  • Experience in development and maintenance of distributed control systems for engineering or scientific applications.
  • Hands-on experience with real-time or near real-time control systems.
  • Direct experience implementing and maintaining complex automation controls (such as device control, motion control and sequence control) in a scientific or industrial setting.

To see the full job description, go to https://keckobservatory.applicantpro.com/jobs


Apply to join a skilled and deeply committed team of professionals who enable exciting and important astronomical discoveries. Submit a cover letter and resume telling us how your background and passion relate to the position.  Go to https://keckobservatory.applicantpro.com/jobs

About Us

Read about us, our science and our mission, go to: www.keckobservatory.org. To see a video about Keck go to: https://vimeo.com/90063671


Keck Observatory offers a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits bundle including a 403(b) plan; a highly regarded tuition assistance program for dependent children (K-12 grade); and an unmatched focus of excellence. 

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