W. M. Keck Observatory
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4 weeks of annual paid vacation, 100%-paid employee health insurance, a 403(b) plan, a highly regarded tuition assistance program for dependent children (K-12 grade), and an unmatched focus on excellence

W.M. Keck Observatory of Kamuela, HI is currently hiring for an experienced full-time Observatory Instrumentation Technician to care for some of our observatory's most valuable assets. This technician position works four ten-hour days, occasional nights and weekends may be required, and earns a great salary with lots of room for growth. We are industry leaders and believe that hard work can also be fun.

In addition to top pay and our culture of excellence, we offer our observatory instrumentation technicians the following benefits and perks:

  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 weeks of annual paid vacation
  • A highly regarded tuition assistance program for dependent children (K-12 grade)
  • Paid time for part of the drive to the summit
  • An unmatched focus on excellence

We also offer 100%-paid employee health insurance, a 403(b) plan.

So, now that you've learned the who, what, where, and why, you may be wondering HOW? It's easy! Just fill out our initial mobile-friendly online application. We hope to meet you soon!


  • Knowledgable - a tradesman of their craft
  • Honest - forthcoming when questions or issues arise
  • Punctual - shows up on time for work
  • Self-starter - finds what needs to be done and does it

If these ideal observatory instrumentation technician traits describe you, please continue reading!


From Hawaii's Maunakea, astronomers around the world use our observatory to observe the universe with unprecedented power and precision. Our twin observatory telescopes are the world's most scientifically productive optical and infrared telescopes! With our highly advanced technology, we focus on service and stewardship and are very committed to being the science leader in large land-based telescopes. We support the mission of the observatory and work to unravel the mysteries of the universe!

Each employee is a part of our mission. We provide meaningful jobs and a lively place to pursue careers. Employees are able to work with a variety of equipment and scientific applications for the good of humanity and pure science. We work in a wonderful setting and environment and are passionate about what we do. We're looking for more individuals to join us!


As a Science Instrument Technician, you care for some of our observatory's most valuable assets, which makes the important science that takes place there possible. You maintain, repair, and make upgrades to our instruments. You also provide technical support for the astronomical instrumentation on the summit, including electronic, mechanical, and optical systems. Additionally, you work with adaptive optics as well as laser, telescope, and other optical systems. You ensure that they are in good operating condition, available for observing, and safe by performing fabrication, installation, optical alignment, calibration, troubleshooting, and repair activities. In order to fabricate and modify electronic assemblies, you carefully follow schematic drawings or other engineering documentation.

To improve performance, you also participate in the modification of instrumentation. You work in close collaboration with instrument engineers and staff astronomers. In order to ensure parts, supplies, and literature are available when needed, you keep on top of shop maintenance. This includes procuring supplies and spare parts as well as maintaining catalog and instruction manual files. As required, you participate in nightly laser guide star operations. You act as a backup for the daily telescope operations support activities on the summit. Always happy to help, you drive our vehicles and participate in snow and ice removal in order to transport employees to and from the summit in a safe manner. You take great pride in keeping our important science instrumentation operating at peak efficiency!

  • Associate degree in electronics, engineering, or a related field
  • 3 years of experience in a highly technical or science environment
  • Experience in at least one of the following: vacuum Dewars, liquid or closed cycle cryogen systems, or optics
  • Knowledge about modern electronics technology including analog and digital integrated circuits, computer electronics, and computer communications
  • Knowledge about the methods, materials, and tools used in the fabrication, construction, maintenance, and repair of electrical and electronic equipment
  • Knowledge about the operation of electronic test equipment, including oscilloscopes, analyzers, pulse and function generators, and power supplies
  • Ability to read complex electronic schematics as well as analyze and design general-purpose analog and digital circuits
  • Ability to work with alertness around complex and sensitive optics and instrumentation
  • Ability to pass a physical and work at the high altitude of 14,000 feet
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Valid driver's license and a good driving record

Experience working at an astronomical observatory is preferred, but multiple factors will be taken into consideration. Experience with electronic design, using Unix, and working with lasers would also be highly desirable.

Do you react well under pressure? Are you dedicated to your work? Do you follow through with commitments? If yes, give us the chance to review your information.


If you are excited about this Observatory Instrumentation Technician opportunity, don't delay. Apply today!

Location: 96743

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