W. M. Keck Observatory

This is a temporary fulltime position of up-to two (2) years

Under the supervision of the Night Attendant Lead, The Night Attendant (NA) works to maintain safe, secure, productive conditions during night operations of the observatory to maximize observing efficiency. The NA Performs cryogen fills, telescope/instrument reconfigurations, and slitmask milling as required as well as troubleshoot nighttime problems independently or with a team. This position is required to work day shifts as needed.

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.

All qualified applicants, including women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for all open positions at the W. M. Keck Observatory.

Required Qualifications

  • Five (5) years' of work experience in a responsible position (possible time combined of work and education).
  • Mechanical experience.
  • Electrical experience.
  • Familiarity with basic hand tools.


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, and an unmatched focus of excellence.

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