W. M. Keck Observatory
  • Competitive wages

403(b) plan; a highly regarded tuition assistance program for dependent children (K-12 grade); professional development, and an unmatched focus on excellence

| Development & Integration of Astronomical Instrumentation| Operations and Maintenance of Telescope Facilities

Do you want to be part of a team that wins Nobel Prizes? Are you ready to provide your expertise to our dedicated team that leads the observatory's instrumentation program for astronomical science? Are you passionate about development and integration of new astronomical instruments? Are you a hands-on engineer?

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

The Engineer provides expertise for the facility-class astronomical instruments. This position collaborates with peers to provide broader support to instrumentation and telescope related equipment. The Engineer spends significant amount of time at the Maunakea summit facility (14,000 ft.) where the telescope and instruments are located.

This position works in close collaboration with technicians, engineers, and astronomers.

Facility-class astronomical instrumentation is defined as high performance, reliable, maintainable, scalable scientific imaging sensors systems at various wavelengths operating at the observatory. Instruments tend to be multidisciplinary in terms of working with optics, opto-mechanics, control electronics, imaging and detector systems, cryogenics, and software.

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

WMKO provides mentoring and training to the selected candidate.

Qualifications include

  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering; or equivalent experience in the instrumentation field.
  • Five (5) years' of meaningful work experience in technologies used in astronomical instrumentation.
  • "Hands-on" expertise and general safe-handling practices with scientific instrumentation and equipment.


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

WMKO operates the largest, most scientifically productive telescopes on Earth. The two 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes near the summit of Maunakea on the Island of Hawaii feature a suite of advanced instruments and world-leading laser guide star adaptive optics systems.

Read about us, our science and our mission, go to www.keckobservatory.org.


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); professional development, and an unmatched focus on excellence.

WMKO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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