W. M. Keck Observatory
  • Competitive pay

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 looking to hire a full-time Electronics Engineer Lead to support the development of new observatory capabilities and upgrades to our existing systems. Are you experienced in electrical or electronics engineering? Do you want to work with a team of passionate and dedicated professionals in pursuit of humanity's greatest questions to be answered? Where did we come from? Is there other life out there in the vast universe? Are you interested in being part of a lively company that will support your career growth? If so, please read on!

This electrical engineering position earns competitive pay. We also provide wonderful benefits, 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. If this sounds like the right electrical engineering opportunity for you, apply today!


From Hawaiʻi's Maunakea, astronomers from around the world have the privilege of observing the universe from a place that holds extreme importance to the indigenous Native Hawaiian people. Our twin telescopes are among the worldʻs most powerful tools for unraveling the mysteries of the universe. We focus on service and stewardship to carry out our mission and do good for our community.

Each employee is a part of our mission. We provide meaningful jobs to pursue careers in a special place with a tight-knit community held together by a beautiful host culture. We are passionate about what we do. We're looking for more individuals to join us!


As our Lead Electronics Engineer, you provide inspiring leadership for all electronics subsystems of our observatory. One of your top priorities is to create a positive environment in which your team can thrive and be successful. You prioritize and assign work, then provide technical guidance and direction, and work alongside your team members to resolve technical problems and develop new capabilities. With the goal of helping them improve, you regularly assess the performance of your staff and provide feedback that is focused on motivating, coaching, and mentoring. You also handle the administrative aspects of your supervisory role, including timecards, pay matters, and HR policy implementation. You proactively keep other management and stakeholders informed on technical and personal issues as needed.

One of your primary duties will be maintaining and advancing the observatory's large electro-mechanical systems, including telescope control systems, dome control systems, active mirror control systems, and instrument configuration systems. Working with your team, you develop electronics architecture for our current and future capabilities. With a commitment to safety, reliability, maintainability, risk management, performance, and quality, you ensure sound engineering principles, documentation, and industry standards are applied. To address obsolescence, chronic issues, reliability, performance, and infrastructure needs, you generate a strategic plan for electronic upgrades and improvements. You enjoy participating hands-on with the development, fabrication, assembly, troubleshooting, and integration of electronics hardware. And you feel great about the role you play in the successful operation of our observatory!


  • Bachelor's degree in electronics or electrical engineering OR equivalent experience
  • 5 years of experience in electronics or electrical engineering OR related technical discipline experience with knowledge of electronics concepts and processes
  • 5 years of experience managing personnel or project teams
  • Experience integrating complex, high-performance electronics hardware and software systems
  • Experience successfully integrating electronics engineering design focused projects of $1M or greater

Experience with developing and maintaining electro-mechanical systems using industrial standards is preferred. Familiarity with COTS (commercial off the shelf) motion control systems, CAD tools, and data analysis tools as well as analog and digital design tools would be a plus. Experience with cameras, sensors, and detector electronics is preferred but not required.

Do you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills? Are you highly organized and goal-oriented? Do you have strong analytical skills in multi-discipline engineering? If so, you might just be perfect for this position!


We understand your time is valuable, so we have a very quick and easy application process. If you feel that you would be right for this electrical engineering job, please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application. We look forward to meeting you!

Location: 96743

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