W. M. Keck Observatory
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Great benefits and perks, including 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 in Kamuela, HI is actively seeking a mechanically minded full-time Senior Software Engineer to join our observatory team and support electronics maintenance, troubleshooting, and upgrades. Are you analytical? Do you have experience working on electronics and enjoy working with electronics? Are you detail-oriented and self-motivated? If we've just described you, keep reading to learn more!

This full-time electrical position earns a generous pay that is based on individual skills and experience. We provide top-notch benefits and perks, including 4 weeks of annual paid vacation, 100%-paid employee health insurance, and a 403(b) plan. Additionally, we offer a highly regarded tuition assistance program for dependent children (K-12 grade), and an unmatched focus on excellence. If this sounds like the right Senior Software Engineer opportunity for you, apply today!


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 an exciting 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!


Our Senior Software Engineer is essential to the operational success of our observatory as you focus on providing support to make sure our electronics are working appropriately. Your daily duties include providing direct support for our engineers as you upgrade telescope systems, troubleshoot issues, perform repairs, and complete preventative maintenance. In order make appropriate design changes to equipment and perform modifications on electrical assemblies, you review schematic drawings and other documentations. You also provide schematic diagrams, wiring diagrams, maintenance logs, and user manuals.

Being self-motivated and proactive, you approach situations with a preventative and predictive perspective. You monitor nightly logs and system performance and help keep our telescope systems operating reliably. Further, you effectively maintain the shop with repairs, calibrating test equipment, obtaining supplies and spare parts, and prioritizing files and inventory. Ultimately, we rely on your knowledge, expertise, and strong work ethic to help ensure the successful electronic operations at our observatory!


  • Associate degree in electronics, engineering, or a related field
  • 5 or more years of experience in a highly technical or science operations environment
  • Prior experience working around complex and sensitive optics and instrumentation
  • Prior experience with analog and digital electronics, power supplies, digital communications, fiber optics communications, and precision optomechanical assemblies
  • Able to accurately test and troubleshoot complex electronic and mechanical systems
  • Able to read electronic schematics and design general-purpose analog and digital circuits
  • Functional knowledge about electrical safety and electrostatic discharge (ESD) practices

Experience with high vacuum equipment, cryogenic equipment, motion control devices, computer numerical control (CNC) machining, scientific imaging sensors, global positioning systems (GPS), and electro-mechanical systems are preferred but multiple factors will be taken into consideration. Previous instrumentation experience as an electrical engineer in an astronomical observatory environment would be a bonus! Are you highly analytical and can find viable solutions to a variety of problems? Can you contribute to high company morale? Are you a team player who works well with others? If yes, we want to meet you!


This full-time position works 10-hour shifts, 4 days per week. This role allows for a healthy work/life balance as you help keep our electronics operations running smoothly!


If you feel you'd be perfect as our Senior Software Engineer, apply now using our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application.

Location: 96743

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