W. M. Keck Observatory

Do you enjoy working in a highly-technical, operations, or industrial environment? Would you like to work at one of the world's greatest observatories and in close collaboration with other technicians who support the daily telescope operations?  If so, we want to hear from you!

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

From Hawaii's Maunakea, astronomers around the world use W. M. Keck Observatory to observe the universe with unprecedented power and precision.  The twin Keck Observatory telescopes are the world's most scientifically productive optical and infrared telescopes. Each telescope weighs 300 tons and operates with nanometer precision. The telescopes' primary mirrors are 10-meters in diameter and are each composed of 36 hexagonal segments that work in concert as a single piece of reflective glass.

Position Summary

Under the general supervision of Telescope Support Supervisor, this position is responsible for daily telescope operations support on the summit of Maunakea. Daily telescope operations support includes telescope, and instrument configuration, slit mask milling, cryogenic servicing and telescope, dome and instrument checkout and startup.

Required Qualifications

  • Associates Degree in a technical field or equivalent work experience.
  • Three (3) years' experience in highly-technical or science operations environment.
  • Three (3) years' experience in an industrial environment with large machinery.
  • Experience following standard operating procedures.

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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. 

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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