W. M. Keck Observatory
  • Minimum starting salary of $66,426 to $79,292 per year.
  • Salary

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.

  1. M. Keck Observatory in Kamuela, HI is looking to hire a full-time Associate Astronomical Instrumentation Technician to work with our technicians and engineers in providing technical support for the astronomical instrumentation on the summit of Maunakea. Do you thrive in a highly technical or scientific environment? Would you jump at the chance to work on two of the world's most advanced telescopes? Are you ready to help our organization achieve amazing scientific breakthroughs? If so, please read on!

This electronics position earns highly competitive compensation with a minimum starting salary of $66,426 to $79,292. We provide superb benefits and perks 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 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!


As an Associate Astronomical Instrumentation Technician, you have the important responsibility of assisting with the technical support of our astronomical observatory's electronic, mechanical, and optical systems. On a daily basis, we use these systems to observe our universe, so it is crucial that they operate at their peak. Each day, you feel privileged to work on our cutting-edge instrumentation, including DEIMOS, ESI, HIRES, LRIS, MOSFIRE, NIRSPEC, OSIRIS, KCWI, phasing cameras, star-stacking cameras, and more.

Using a variety of equipment such as liquid cryogens, vacuum pumps, and leak checkers, you troubleshoot our instrumentation and assist with modifications that improve their performance. Sometimes, you fabricate or modify our electronics or electrical assemblies using schematic drawings or other documentation. You also assist with shop maintenance, which includes calibrating equipment, procuring supplies, and ensuring that parts are available when we need them. A team player, you pitch in wherever else you're needed because you're passionate about our mission. You take pride in doing your best every day because you're helping us unravel the mysteries of the universe!


  • Associate degree in a technical field OR equivalent work experience
  • 3+ years of experience with technical or science operations
  • Hands-on experience with electronic or mechanical fabrication
  • Ability to follow standard operating procedures
  • Proficiency with MS Office
  • Valid driver's license and a good driving record

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Experience in an industrial environment with large machinery
  • Experience working at an astronomical observatory
  • Experience working with complex, sensitive optics and instrumentation
  • Experience working with lasers

Are you a self-starter? Do you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills? Are you a collaborative team player? Do you thrive in a fast-paced, sometimes pressure-filled environment? Can you prioritize your time and manage multiple tasks? Are you respectful and considerate? Do you adhere to safety guidelines as you work? If yes, you might just be perfect for this position!


This position works a full-time schedule with some after-hours and on-call work.


If you feel that you would be right for this electronics job, please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application. We look forward to meeting you!

Location: 96743

W. M. Keck Observatory
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