Adaptive Optics Postdoctoral Fellow

Are you looking for a job where you can be at the forefront of designing, developing, and optimizing cutting-edge adaptive optics (AO) capabilities? If so, you’ll be thrilled to know that W. M. Keck Observatory in Kamuela, Hawaii, USA is hiring a full-time Adaptive Optics Postdoctoral Fellow. In this job, you would work at our renowned observatory and play a role in our 2035 scientific strategic plan, which prioritizes AO as a way to support enhanced seeing (i.e., ground-layer AO), visible wave-length science, and high-contrast science and technology development. Current projects include the implementation of a laser tomography system, a higher order deformable mirror and advanced wavefront control techniques. If this sounds like an exciting opportunity for you, please read on!

The starting salary range for this AO science and engineering position is $66,426 to $79,293 + 4 weeks annual paid vacation + 8% 403(b) employer contribution (4% employee contribution) + 100%-paid employee health insurance + additional benefits. If you have a passion for astronomy and would like to take advantage of this AO science and engineering opportunity, apply today!


From Hawaii’s Maunakea, astronomers worldwide 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 ground-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 salary ranges are determined by the role and level of the position. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum starting base pay for new hire salaries for the position. Within the range, individual pay is determined by experience, skillset, and qualifications of the new hire. Should you be selected for an interview, the HR team will be happy to further discuss the compensation details of this position with you.

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