The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH) is a State agency, established by the Legislature in 1965, and is attached to the University of Hawaii for administrative purposes. The fundamental mission of RCUH is to support the research and training programs of the University of Hawaii and to enhance research, development, and training generally in Hawaii.


CLOSING DATE:  June 30, 2023, or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first).

INQUIRIES:  Dr. Watson Varricattu [email protected] (Hawai‘i). 

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

Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the University of Hawai‘i/Infrared Telescope (UH/IRT), also known as the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT), headquartered 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. 

MONTHLY SALARY:  Salary commensurate with qualifications. 

DUTIES:  Assists astronomers in obtaining high-quality observational data; provides technical, scientific, and occasional logistical support during and after observing runs, and assists with data analysis. Assists in monitoring and quality control of the telescope and its environment, and monitors the resulting image quality and performance in the Infrared (IR). Operates the UH/IRT, related computers, instruments and sub-systems including data reduction. Responsible for the observatory during operational shift, the safety of personnel and of the facility. Ensures observatory is safely closed and secure, and observing system is shutdown properly.  The position is interactive, requiring the ability to interpret, assess, and carry out observational sequences created by observatory staff and astronomers around the world.  Improves and broadens knowledge of the telescope, instrumentation and other associated equipment by taking an active part in the training process, which will be provided by the UH/IRT. Attends meetings in Hilo, particularly Operations Meetings and/or end of day briefings with observatory scientists. Attends training courses when necessary.  Position involves working at night and without supervision at the UH/IRT control room in Hilo, remotely operating the UH/IRT which is located at the 14,000 ft. summit of Maunakea, on a schedule requiring approximately up to five (5) nights at the office per month. Drives to the observatory/telescope when needed.



Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Astronomy, Physical Science, Engineering, or closely related field with a strong interest in Astronomy.


Two to four (2-4) years of experience operating a major astronomical telescope and instruments, or participation in research in observational astronomy upon completion of the Master’s Degree. (PhD from an accredited college or university in Observational Astronomy or related field may substitute for at least two (2) years of experience.).


Knowledge of Unix/Linux operating system and a computer language such as C/C++, Python, or Perl. Good working knowledge of astronomical observing techniques. Familiarity with the principles of astronomy.


Must be a U.S. Citizen or be able to obtain U.S. Department of State security requirements for access to technical information on infrared detector arrays restricted in the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (22 CFR §§120-130). Good interpersonal and communication skills. Close familiarity with astronomical data reduction techniques. Demonstrated problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills. Skilled with working on computer systems beyond basic office applications. 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 Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must sign University of Hawai‘i intellectual property provision.


Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination.


As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies, procedures, and trainings and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i’s and/or business entity’s policies, procedures, and trainings.  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.). 


Technical background and experience in the operation of scientific facilities.  Familiarity with astronomical instruments and electronics. Familiarity with writing technical documentation. Experience with UH/IRT and its data reduction software would be a major advantage.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com 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. 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)956-8376. Please visit www.rcuh.com/work/benefits for more information on RCUH’s Benefits for eligible employees.


RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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