Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Subaru Telescope, located in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.




DUTIES:  Provides professional software engineering (analysis, design, implementation, testing and maintenance), and system administration for the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) and other astronomical instruments, and related peripheral systems. Focuses on PFS software work as the project proceeds through commissioning to open-use, but may become involved with other NAOJ projects. Drives project vehicles to access summit sites. May be required to provide night time support for engineering and observing runs. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Computer Science, Software Engineering, physics, astronomy, or other related fields in which significant coursework in software development can be demonstrated.  EXPERIENCE:  Three to five (3-5) years of experience in the analysis, design, and production of Linux application software for the control of astronomical or other scientific or engineering instruments and processes.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Proficiency in C/C++, Python, Java, and systems and application programming on Linux systems. Knowledge of software design, implementation, and maintenance on Linux systems. Knowledge of the administration of Linux computer systems and network. Ability to analyze, define, design, implement, test, evaluate, and maintain complex software systems. Ability to work efficiently in a multinational and multicultural environment. Good written and oral communication and documentation skills in English. Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawaii No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination. POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i’s and/or business entity’s policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH’s, UH’s, or business entity’s policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).  


SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Science or Engineering. Experience with FPGA/PLC programming for connected peripherals, and embedded device programming. Experience with network distributed control/software systems. Experience with Graphical User Interface development. Experience with collaborative software development with distributed version control systems. 

INQUIRIES:  Masayo Nakajima 934-5058  (Hawai‘i).

Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. Effective January 31, 2022, the RCUH will be implementing a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy (this policy supersedes the previous RCUH COVID-19 Policy).  All RCUH employees and positions are subject to the RCUH COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.  All post-job offer/new hires will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated (e.g., their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card) during the onboarding process.  New Hires will not be allowed to start work until their COVID-19 Vaccination have been reviewed and approved to be in compliance with the RCUH Mandatory Vaccination Policy.  New Hires deciding to get vaccinated after a job offer has been accepted, must present a copy of their vaccination card as proof they are in the process of being fully vaccinated. These New Hires will be subject to weekly testing until they are fully vaccinated.  Requests for a religious or medical accommodation from the COVID-19 vaccination may be submitted to the RCUH Director of Human Resources after they have completed the new hire documents and these documents have been approved by the RCUH Human Resources Department.  Individuals granted an accommodation will be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  NOTE:  Effective January 31, 2022, all RCUH recruitments must be in compliance with the RCUH COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.  Applicants may request information on this policy from the contact person listed on this recruitment. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to [email protected]. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 

CLOSING DATE:  April 2, 2022.

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